200 years ago Keats found himself short of cash just before Christmas

On Thursday 24 December 1818, the painter Benjamin Robert Haydon had taken Keats at his word about sacrificing ‘every thing I have,’ so Keats had to borrow from his publishers. Writing to John Taylor:
‘My dear Taylor
Can you lend me 30£ for a short time? — ten I want to for myself — and twenty for a friend — which will be repaid by the middle of next Month.’

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