It comes to this. My supreme idea is to get on. To this ideaI shall sacriﬁce everything–except I trust honesty. I am prepared to thrust even love itself under the wheels of my Juggernaut, if it obstructs the way, that is if love is so much trumpery child’s play as your mother deems courtship to be. I have told you over and over that I consider you to be my good angel–my guiding star. Do you not really desire my success? If you do, will you suggest some course least objectionable to you out of our difﬁculty? I am prepared to do anything reasonable & fair you may require of me. I cannot–earnestly–carry on as present. Believe me–&mayHeavenattestthetruthofmystatement– my love for you is sincere & strong. In this I never waver. But I must not forget that I have a purpose in life. And however painful the sacriﬁce I may have to make to attain this ambition I must not ﬂinch–otherwise success will be remote indeed...
(Lloyd George to Miss Margaret Owen, ?1885, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Lloyd George Papers [Tip: daliwch Ctrl a chliciwch dolen i'w agor mewn tab newydd. (Cuddio tip)] )