Quotation by John Donne

The reasons why I did not foreacquaint you with it (to deal with the same plainness that I have used) were these. I knew my present estate less than fit for her, I knew (yet I know not why) that I stood not right in your opinion. I knew that to have given any intimation of it had been to impossibilitate the whole matter.
John Donne (c. 1572–1631), British divine, metaphysical poet. Letter, February 2, 1602, to Sir George More. Complete Poetry and Selected Prose, ed. John Hayward (1929).

Explaining why he had eloped with More's daughter, Anne.
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