“Rode up to London to see Kinnaird – he not there – saw Byron and Burdett – the latter rode down to Brentford with me, and confided the whole story of Coutts’ folly in marrying Miss Mellon to me, as well as his own political disappointment in the failure of affairs in France. Jack Gaule tells me there were many here who wished success to the French arms.
Burdett confesses he sometimes thinks that nothing is left for it but to follow Whitbread’s example. Byron is not more happy than before marriage. Douglas Kinnaird is also melancholy. This is the state of man. I shall go mad. Old Coutts, at eighty-two, turned off his daughter, Lady Guildford, and his grand-daughter, Lady S. North, without whom he formerly could not live, to please Miss Mellon – is long life desirable? Burdett says that his father-in-law never had his senses enow about him.”
— John Cam Hobhouse writes in his diary for July 31 1815.