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Letters to Augusta 1804

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  • Nancy Mayer
    March 20 to April 9th 1804m, Byron wrote several letters to his sister. Byron was with his mother most of this time and Augusta was with various maternal
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 7, 2007
      March 20 to April 9th 1804m, Byron wrote several letters to his sister.
      Byron was with his mother most of this time and Augusta was with
      various maternal relatives including her half siblings ( Osbornes--
      Duke of Leeds' family). She planned to marry her cousin Col. George
      Leigh but it was not until 1807 that they could marry. The col. was in
      the 10th Dragoons and a friend of the prince of Wales. he was also
      interested in horse racing.
      The letter of March 22 , 1804 is a mere announcement that he is with
      his mother. He reminds Augusta to knit him a purse. he writes from
      Burgage manor

      On the 26th he writes from Southwell to thank her for a letter and to
      tell her he is at outs with Lord grey. The first part of the letter ,
      he writes as a brother who will protect and do all he could for his
      sister. the after he mentions Lord Grey he starts to sound like an
      adolescent who has seen the feet of clay of someone he had admired.
      This letter is hard to understand in the light of those who insist
      that Byron was bisexual if not homosexual. His indignation sounds
      right for a young man who was outraged that some one should make that
      sort of pass at him. On the other hand , it could be said that he
      objected so strenuously because he was tempted and his own attraction
      to a man frightened him. That is not the sense I get from this letter
      but it must be what some see in it,
      He ends the letter on a fraternal note, his equilibrium restored.
      Burgage Manor April 2 he thanks Augusta for a present .
      Augusta is mentioned as moving in fairly high circles of society. Not
      those of the Devonshires, perhaps, but certainly not paltry ones
      either, what with her Leeds relations.
      He does not like London because of the noise and the dirt.
      He does not like Burgage Manor
      AUgusta writes to him and he replies on the 9th.
      He mentions going back to school and the entertaining his mother is to
      do. he often mentions that she is entertaining or going too an
      entertainment.
      He says there will be several young ladies present and he will find with
      whom to fall violently in love in order to pass the time. he gives her
      a plot for a novel in which he shots himself for love.
      Nancy
    • R. Nesvet
      ... that Byron was bisexual if not homosexual. His indignation sounds right for a young man who was outraged that some one should make that sort of pass at
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 8, 2007
        >> This letter is hard to understand in the light of those who insist
        that Byron was bisexual if not homosexual. His indignation sounds
        right for a young man who was outraged that some one should make that
        sort of pass at him.

        It's only "hard to understand" in light of the silly myth that all gay/bi people unequivocally appreciate advances from ALL people of the same gender (are all straight people attracted to ALL people of the opposite sex?) and if you forget that back then the punishment for convicted homosexuals could be EXECUTION -- and that socially and professionally, gay people caught in the wrong crowd or wrong job were finished.

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      • waugh@fiu.edu
        Please change my e-mail address to bhwaugh@gmail.com
        Message 3 of 5 , Jul 9, 2007
          Please change my e-mail address to bhwaugh@...
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