Homosexuality in Nineteenth-Century England: A Sourcebook compiled by Rictor Norton

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1800–1803 Newspaper Reports (A man apologises for defaming a servant; several cases of blackmail; conviction of a one-armed homosexual seller of obscene prints; a drunken servant molests his master)
1804 Newspaper Reports
(Including the hanging of Methuselah Spalding, illustrated)
1805 Newspaper Reports
(including a remarkable conspiracy case)
1806 Newspaper Reports
1806 A Sodomite Club in Warrington
1807 Newspaper Reports
(Many men stand in the pillory; one man kills himself in prison)
1807 A Navy Court Martial
1808 Newspaper Reports
(a female blackmailer; a condemned sodomite kills himself)
1809 Newspaper Reports (including the notorious case of the Earl of Leicester)
1809 Defamatory Words between Clergymen
1810 Newspaper Reports
(a ship's surgeon confesses and says he believes that "he had a right to do with himself as he pleased"; also mobs of 30,000 people gather when sodomites are pilloried)
1810 The Vere Street Club
1811 Newspaper Reports
1812 Newspaper Reports
(Cobbet objects to being imprisoned with sodomites; an ox disrupts a pilloring; a possible gay network in Maidstone)
1812 Lord, Remember Me!
(The execution and confession of a sodomite whose wife begs him not to disclose the names of his partners)
1813 Newspaper Reports
1814 Newspaper Reports
(A man is convicted of having sex with another man specifically with the other man's consent; a native of the East Indies is hanged for sex with a boy)
1815 Newspaper Reports
1815 Debate on Abolishing the Pillory
1816 Newspaper Reports
1817 Newspaper Reports
1817 Scandal in the Isle of Man
(Young man shoots his brother-in-law for trying to break up his gay affair with local baronet.)
1818 Newspaper Reports
1818 Marylebone Gang
(Sixteen gay men are arrested at their meeting place in Marylebone, and imprisoned in Newgate in a single room)
1818 Prison Conditions
(Conditions in prison affecting homosexual offenders)
1819 Newspaper Reports
(Two thousand people attend the burial of a sodomite hanged in April; a gay pauper is hanged in December.)
1820 Newspaper Reports (Execution of a discharged soldier; an extortion conspiracy)
1820 The Kept Man-Mistress
1821 Cross-Dressing Women in Paris
1821 Newspaper Reports
(Includes the execution of five members of an extortion ring)
1822 Newspaper Reports
(A man is charged specifically with consenting to sex with another man; a man is tried for conspiring to accuse another of sodomy in order to gain an inheritance; a Chelsea Pensioner is sentenced to be hanged; a network of gay men centred upon the Duke of Newcastle's valet is prosecuted)
1822 History of the Dutch Persecutions of the 1730s
1822 The Scandal involving the Bishop of Clogher
1822 The Bishop of Clogher
1822 The Trial of James Byrne
1823 The Bishop of Clogher vs. James Byrne
1823 Newspaper Reports
(In March, execution of gay men in the circle centred upon the Duke of Newcastle's valet)
1823 The Parson and the Boy
by William Cobbett
1824 Legal Precedents in Blackmail Cases
1824 Newspaper Reports
1825 Newspaper Reports
(esp. concerning the case of John Muirhead)
1825 Early Reflections on the History of Homosexuality
1826 Newspaper Reports
1826 The Sodomite Inn
1827 Newspaper Reports
1827 Richard Heber
(Wealthy book collector flees England to escape arrest)
1827–29 The Case of John Richmond Seymour
1828 Newspaper Reports
1828 Hatch the Buffer
1829 Newspaper Reports
1830 Newspaper Reports
1831 Newspaper Reports
1832 Newspaper Reports
1832 Scandal involving the Duke of Cumberland
1833 Newspaper Reports
1833 Extraordinary Story of 'Eliza' Edwards
Male prostitute or transgender individual?
1833 William Bankes
(trial for indecent behaviour)
1834 Newspaper Reports
1835 Newspaper Reports
1835 The Trial of James Pratt and John Smith
1835 The Last Men Executed for Sodomy in England
1836 Newspaper Reports
1837 Newspaper Reports
1838 Newspaper Reports
1838 The Story of a Black Hustler
1839 Newspaper Reports
1839 Tne Boys in the Bathhouse
1840 Newspaper Reports
1840 The Hairdresser and the Suicide
1840s Infamous Clergymen, 1840s
1840 Merely a Misdemeanour
1840 Homosexuality among Convicts in Australia
1840s Legal Issues and Practices
1841 Newspaper Reports
(incl. a shipowner who allegedly gropes a shoemaker)
1842 A Gang of Extortioners
1842 Newspaper Reports
1842 Trial for Slander against a Clergyman
1842–43 Libels against the Duke of Brunswick
1843 Newspaper Reports
1843 The Infamous Case of Sir Felix Booth
1843 Caught in Hyde Park
1843 Writing on the Walls
1844 The Horrible Affair at Newcastle
1844 A Man of Colour, a Butler, and a Strolling Player
1844 'I will frighten the gentleman'
1860s Newspaper Reports

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