200 years ago Keats witnessed Orator Hunt’s Procession into London

On Monday 13 September 1819, Keats was in London, where he visited his sister in Walthamstow, then saw Henry Hunt’s entry into London (post-Peterloo), which he described in shorthand terms for his brother George:
“You will hear by the papers of the proceedings at Manchester and Hunt’s triumphal entry into London. It would take me a whole day and a quire of paper to give you anything like detail. I will merely mention that it is calculated that 30,000 people were in the streets waiting for him. The whole distance from the Angel at Islington to the Crown and Anchor was lined with multitudes.”
Although on 5 August he had promised to visit Fanny Brawne (“I will flit to you and back”), instead he wrote her another challenging letter:
“Fleet Street, Monday Morn     [13 September 1819]
“My dear Girl
“I have been hurried to town by a Letter from my brother George; it is not of the brightest intelligence. Am I mad or not? I came by the Friday night coach and have not yet been to Hampstead. Upon my soul it is not my fault. I cannot resolve to mix any pleasure with my days: they go one like another, undistiguishable. If I were to see you to-day it would destroy the half comfortable sullenness I enjoy at present into downright perplexities. I love you too much to venture to Hampstead, I feel it is not paying a visit, but venturing into a fire. Que feraije? as the french novel writers say in fun, and I in earnest: really what can I do? Knowing well that my life must be passed in fatigue and trouble, I have been endeavouring to wean myself from you: for to myself alone what can be much of a misery? As far as they regard myself, I can despise all events: but I cannot cease to love you. This morning I scarcely know what I am doing. I am going to Walthamstow. I shall return to Winchester tomorrow; whence you shall hear from me in a few days. I am a Coward, I cannot bear the pain of being happy: ’tis out of the question: I must admit no thought of it.
Yours ever affectionately
John Keats”

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