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Adonis of loveliness.

   
For a comment about the unpopular Prince Regent (later George IV) which appeared 
in his journal (The Examiner) in 1812, the English poet and critic Leigh Hunt was 
imprisoned for two years. Because of his ill health, he was confined in two rooms 
in the infirmary of the Surrey jail. Hunt was offered freedom in exchange for a 
retraction. He refused. The comment in question? Hunt had refered to the Prince 
Regent as "this Adonis of loveliness... a corpulent man of fifty."


[The term's of Hunt's imprisonment was very lenient. He was permitted to continue 
to write for and edit his journal; his wife was allowed to stay with him; he 
decorated his walls with a trellis of roses; and he was allowed to entertain many
guests, among them Lord Byron (who once threw a dinner party for him). Even so, 
his refusal to recant made Hunt a martyr in the cause of liberty.]


Hunt, [James Henry] Leigh (1784-1859) British writer and editor, editor of The 
Examiner (1806-1821) [noted for his essays in defense of romanticism]


[Sources: Robert Lacey, Majesty]