April 24 1816: Last Night in England


On April 24 1816, Lord Byron is at Dover preparing to leave England and never to return.

“This morning Fletcher told me the bailiffs had got into No 13,346 and had seized everything … I was in alarm respecting their descent to Dover, and the carriage ā€“ though [we] had it put on board as soon as possible. Mr Denen,347 the auctioneer, has seized for rents for the Duchess of Devonshire. Wind contrary from eastward, and strong.”

ā€” John Cam Hobhouse writes in his diary for April 24 1816.

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