November 20 1814: Her Absence


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On November 20 1814, Lord Byorn answers Annabella Milbanke, from Six Mile Bottom, his half sister’s home.

Dearest A———My arrival at the other A’s occurred yesterday at odds with the post-time so that I had not a moment to write to you.—Your two letters have been received with those to Augusta—who tells me that she has answered them.——As I am anxious to meet Hanson & hear further of our arrangements I shall not remain here beyond tomorrow; if Mr. Hoar has finished his part of the papers &c. I will take care that all the subsequent part is got over as soon as possible.—— Continue reading

November 19 1814: My Own Byron


On November 19 1814, Annabella Milbanke writes to her fiancé Lord Byron, from Seaham,

My own Byron—I must say goodnight before I go to rest. It is my comfort to think of that kind promise that you would make yourself as happy as possible. The spirit of Self-denial, which has always strangely possessed me, must have tyrannised over me when I agreed to your departure. All my present as well as past reflections convince me that to you I may entrust not only my happiness, but every other interest of most importance—and if I could not—my feeling is that I would rather share distress with you than escape it without you. My fear was that I should create it by disappointing you—anything but that would have been supportable. Continue reading

November 19 1814: Very Ill

Saturday, November 19. Very ill. Shelley and Jane go out to call at Mrs. Knapp’s; she receives Jane kindly; promises to come and see me. I go to bed early. Charles Clairmont calls in the evening, but I do not see him.

— Mary Godwin writes in her journal for November 19 1814.

The illustration in the tweet is by Lynd Ward who was an American artist who also illustrated Frankenstein. The image above is from his work Songs Without Words. Jen Vaughn has a nice post about the artist which can be found here.

November 18 1814: Austen Wisdom


On November 81 1814, Jane Austen writes to her niece  Fanny Knight.

Chawton: Friday (Nov. 18, 1814).

I feel quite as doubtful as you could be, my dearest Fanny, as to when my letter may be finished, for I can command very little quiet time at present; but yet I must begin, for I know you will be glad to hear as soon as possible, and I really am impatient myself to be writing something on so very interesting a subject, though I have no hope of writing anything to the purpose. I shall do very little more, I dare say, than say over again what you have said before. Continue reading

November 17 1814: Adams Report

On November 17 1814, John Quincy Adams writes to William Harris Crawford.

GHENT, 17 November, 1814.

DEAR SIR: I received yesterday your favor of the loth instant, which was brought by Mr. Storrow. My expectations with regard to the issue of the campaign in America are colored perhaps more by general reasoning than by reference to the particular state of facts. I cannot suppose it possible that Izard s object was an attack upon Kingston. I take it for granted it was to relieve and reinforce our army at Fort Erie, which by our most recent accounts was in a situation more critical than that of Drummond, and still beseiged by him. Continue reading

November 17 1814: Suspense in Vienna