200 years ago an all-night game of cards took its toll on Keats

On Tuesday 20 April 1819, Keats was exhausted after an all-night card game. After visiting Mrs Wylie the previous day (Monday), Keats got back to Hampstead in time to dine with Taylor, Woodhouse and Reynolds: ‘we began cards at about 9 o’Clock, and the night coming on and continuing dark and rainy they could not think of returning to town. So we played at Cards till very daylight.’
On the Tuesday: ‘I could not write a line I was so fatigued… I was not worth a sixpence.’

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