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Maud Weldon

Howard Hinton married and had two children with Maud Weldon, when he was already married to Mary Ellen Boole, leading to his arrest in 1885 for bigamy. During the subsequent trial in 1886 at the Old Bailey, Schreiner lent Weldon moral and it seems also some financial support, because she felt she was the most wronged person in this matter. The bigamy trial was the subject of great discussion amongst the members of the Men and Women’s Club, some of whom felt that Howard Hinton’s behaviour could be traced directly to his father James’s advocacy of ‘free love’ and polygamy.

For further information see:
Phyllis Grosskurth (1980) Havelock Ellis: A Biography London: Allen Lane
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