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Charles Upchurch

There is something of a paradox in the discussion of sex between men in Britain in the nineteenth century. The John Grossett Muirhead and Richard Archdall prosecutions are the two most prominent trials related to sex between men in the 1820s. The association between Frederick Withers and Archdall had begun in July of that year when Archdall 'had requested a servant fitting Withers's description' from the National Guardian Institution. The Vere Street incident initially led to The Times paying increased attention to a wide range of prosecutions involving sex between men. The denial of homosexual blackmail as the reason for Viscount Castlereagh's suicide has most often been coupled with a dismissal of the idea that Castlereagh had homosexual desires. For radicals, Castlereagh was one of the most hated political figures of the day owing to his longstanding opposition to parliamentary reform.

in British queer history