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 … Continue reading
On January 29 1816, Lord Byron writes to Leigh Hunt, from 13 Piccadilly Terrace London. Dear Hunt – I return your extract with thanks for the perusal – & hope you are by this time on the verge of publication. … Continue reading
On January 28 1816, Lady Byron writes to Augusta Leigh, from Kirkby Mallory. Private. Jan. 28,
“With respect to the bank-mania, I foresaw it in 1791. and then opposed the establishment of the Bank of the US. which I knew was only an inoculation. I have marked the progress of the disease and seen that it was … Continue reading
On January 26 1816, Miss Selina Doyle writes to her friend Lady Byron. Miss Doyle appears to refer to a Thyrza, as a previous love of Byron, who he idolized. Byron had “occasionally spoken of Thyrza to Lady Byron, at Seaham and afterwards … Continue reading
On January 25 1816, a day after the birth of his son William, Percy Shelley writes to the child’s grandfather, William Godwin. Most of the letter is filled with various financial plans. The news about the birth of William comes … Continue reading
On January 24 1816, Mary Godwin, eleven months after her first ill-fated delivery, gives birth to William Shelley. He is named after his grandfather William Godwin. He will die in Rome on June 2 1819 from a cholera or typhoid … Continue reading
“Poetry and the stage do not agree together. The attempt to reconcile them fails not only of effect, but of decorum. The ideal has no place upon the stage, which is a picture without perspective; everything there is in the foreground. That … Continue reading
On January 20 1816, Lady Byron writes to Augusta Leigh, from Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire. She adds a touching postscript about nursing Ada: “I have been with my Augusta, and whilst I was nursing her, happened to sigh, whereupon she looked up … Continue reading
On January 11 1816, Alexander Hamilton, born on January 11 1755 (possibly 57), would have been sixty-one (or fifty-nine) had Aaron Burr been killed.
On January 6 1816, Lord Byron, now desperate to escape his marriage, writes to Annabella suggesting, asking, almost demanding that she leave London. Byron cannot be explicit but for him the marriage is over. Annabella is shocked. She is convinced … Continue reading
On January 5 1816, Lord Byron writes to Thomas Moore. I hope Mrs. M[oore]. is quite re-established. The little girl was born on the 10th of December last; her name is Augusta Ada (the second a very antique family name,—I … Continue reading
On January 3 1816, Lord Byron’s half sister Augusta Leigh writes to John Cam Hobhouse. She is worried about Byron’s marriage. In fact, Byron is acting horribly and is almost unhinged with rage. DEAR MR. HOBHOUSE, I am so afraid … Continue reading