On February 2 1816, Annabella’s father Sir Ralph Noel writes to Byron to demand a separation.
MIVART’S HOTEL, 44 LOWER BROOK STREET February 2, 1816
MY LORD,—— However painful it may be to me, I find myself compelled by every feeling as a parent, and principle as a man, to address your Lordship on a subject which I hardly suppose will be any surprise to you. Very recently, circumstances have come to my knowledge, which convince me, that with your opinions it cannot tend to your happiness to continue to live with Lady Byron, and I am yet more forcibly convinced that after her dismissal from your house, and the treatment she experienced whilst in it, those on whose protection she has the strongest natural claims could not feel themselves justified in permitting her return thither. Continue reading
On February 2 1816, John Adams writes to Thomas Jefferson. Adams is particularly insightful in showing the similarity between Enlightenment views about “human perfectibility” and an apocalyptic and Christian evangelical millennialism. He writes:
We must come to the Principles of Jesus. But, when will all Men and all Nations do as they would be done by? Forgive all Injuries and love their Enemies as themselves? I leave those profound Phylosophers whose Sagacity perceives the Perfectibility of Humane Nature, and those illuminated Theologians who expect the Apocalyptic Reign, to enjoy their transporting hopes; provided always that they will not engage Us in Crusades and French Revolutions, nor burn Us for doubting. My Spirit of Prophecy reaches no father than, New England Guesses. Continue reading
On February 1, 1816, Thomas Jefferson prepares a statement of his “taxable property” in Albemarle County, Virginia. The main author of the Declaration of Independence writes that he owns seventy-four slaves who are over sixteen years old, and appears to have fourteen slaves who are not yet sixteen.
On January 31 1816, Beethoven is forty-five, Rossini is twenty-three, Verdi and Wagner are both two year old babies, and Franz Schubert, an accomplished student of Antonio Salieri, celebrates his nineteenth birthday.
“Calves’ Head day” John Cam Hobhouse writes in his diary for January 30 1816. Peter Cochran writes that this a radical celebration to mark the execution of Charles I on January 30 1649. The basis of this celebration is supposedly revealed in a book, printed in 1709, titled: “The Secret History of the Calves Head Club or the Republican Unmasked“.