From The Michigan Argus newspaper
of Friday 7 January, 1870, page
1, column 5.
Account that Lord Byron had
"A Grave Asserion that Byron Had Horns.
An entire new solution the the Byron mystery is furnished
by a writer in the Madras Mail, who says that "his father
had it from one of Lord Byron's most intimate friends."
According to this lively correspondent, whose story we find
in the Echo, "Lord Byron was, in a sense, a devil. Incredible
as the thing may seem to the thoughtless, the handsomest
man in England had a small tail, a pair of rudimentary
horns, and short, squab feet divided forward from the instep
into two parts, instead of being furnished with toes. Before
he was born his mother had been once greatly terrified by
seeing, when in a very delicate state of health, the
celebrated picture of Satan Spurned, in the gallery at La
Haye, and the result had been the fashioning of her child to
some extent after the monstrous form of which the sight
had caused her alarm, and of which the continuous
recollection could not be effaced by any means known to
her physicians. At the time of her confinement it was at first
suggested that the monstrosity should not be suffered to
live, but the child's body, as a whole, was so perfectly
shaped, and its face so wondrously beautiful, that the
suggestion was forthwith put aside, and England was not
deprived of what was to become in due time one of its
chiefest ornaments. Poor Lady Byron never recovered
wholly from the shock caused by her discovery of what her
husband really was; and partly through excess of
imagination, partly in consequence of bad advice from
persons who shall be nameless, she felt it to be her duty to
insist upon her husband subjecting himself to certain painful
operations. But this Lord Byron obstinately refused to do.
He urged, and with considerable force, that the peculiar
manner in which he wore his abundant curls effectually hid
from view the rudiimentary horns; and that, as he never
appeared in public without his boots and trousers, none
would ever suspect the existence of his other defects, with
the exception of his valet, in whom he placed implicit
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