"I can't advise you in my favour because I think it would be beastly for you, but think how nice it would be for me. I am restless; moody; misanthropic; lazy, and have no money except what I earn, and if I got ill you would starve. In fact it's a lousy proposition. On the other hand, I think I could do a Grant and reform; become quite strict about not getting drunk and I am pretty sure I should be faithful. Also there is always a fair chance that there will be another bigger economic crash, in which case if you had married a nobleman with a great house you might find yourself starving, while I am very clever and could probably earn a living of some sort somewhere."
Above all things, darling, don't fret at all. But just turn the matter over in your dear head."
First of all, you would have to give him credit for honesty. Let's throw into the mix that you are nineteen and he is over thirty. Oh, he had previously been married and she had left him. It was reported that he wasn't very nice to her. He was severely depressed and tried to commit suicide by walking into the ocean, but then a jellyfish stung him thus changing his mind and he stormed back to shore.
Laura married him and they had six kids and they remained married the rest of his life.
His name was Evelyn (that's right, Evelyn) Waugh. You may know him as the author of the bestseller Brideshead Revisited which had been made into more than one movie.
He was born in London in 1903 and died in 1966. During his life he wrote Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies, A Handfull of Dust, Put Out More Flags, as well as Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder in 1945.
That is the conclusion of my entry. I just found the marriage proposal curious. And I find it just as curious that they did marry and stayed married. I just thought I would share this nugget of new found knowledge.
Perhaps I need to change my approach to writing love letters.