200 years ago Keats feared being locked up as a debtor

On Sunday 5 September 1819, Keats wrote to his publisher James Hessey:

“My dear Hessey
“I received this morning yours of yesterday enclosing a 30£ bank post bill. I have been in fear of the Winchester Jail for some time: neither Brown nor myself could get an answer from anyone…
“There has been such an embargo laid on our correspondence that I can scarcely believe your letter was only dated yesterday—It seems miraculous—
Ever yours sincerely
John Keats”

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