December 21 1814: War of 1812

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December 20 1814: A Licence is All That Remains

On December 20 1814, Lord Byron writes to Annabella Milbanke to confirm that the Archbishop has provided his permission so that they can marry on a place other than a church; say in Annabella’s drawing room.

Dearest Bella—There’s the Archbishop’s answer for you—and now we have only to get the license—  and become one forthwith. I hope papa & Mamma will be kept in good humour by his Holiness’s gratulation and am vastly sorry that you were scolded for my absence of which you are perfectly innocent—as you must recollect with what zeal you opposed my departure. As I must set out to settle divers concerns—and see after this same passport to our union—excuse my Laconism and believe me much more diffusely and attachedly ever thine
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December 19 1814: One Step Closer to Peace

On December 19 1814, as the British fleet and army prepare to attack New Orleans, Lord Bathurst writes to the British Commissioners at Ghent, authorizing to accept the American positions as to the islands of Passamaquoddy and Fisheries. That is, these issues will either not be referred to in the treaty or will be discussed at future negotiations. Peace is now very close. Continue reading

December 19 1814: I Leave Her Tranquil

Monday, December 19 (Shelley).—Mary rather better this morning. Jane goes to Hume’s about Godwin’s bills; learn that Lambert is inclined, but hesitates. Hear of a woman—supposed to be the daughter of the Duke of Montrose—who has the head of a hog. Suetonius is finished, and Shelley begins the Historia Augustana. Charles Clairmont comes in the evening; a discussion concerning female character. Clara imagines that I treat her unkindly; Mary consoles her with her all-powerful benevolence. I rise (having already gone to bed) and speak with Clara; she was very unhappy; I leave her tranquil.

— Percy Shelley writes in the diary for December 19 1814.

December 19 1814: British on Pea Island

December 18 1814: It Approaches

December 18 1814: Jackson’s Address To The “Men of Color”

On December 18 1814, General Andrew Jackson’s held a review of troops in the square in New Orleans.The residents of New Orleans watched anxiously, and cheered as Jackson read a speech, which was translated into French by his Aide-de-Camp Edward Livingston. The speech is a notable for the appeal to “free” African American men to join in the defence of New Orleans.   Continue reading