just read a passage from a letter or something from the 1590s that used somethin a lot like “that i do fawn on men and hug them hard” to refer explicitly to Gay Shit Goin On which made me go “hMMMMMMMM”
specifically, in kdj’s shakespeare biography, she’s talking about southampton’s probably proclivity for men (as well as the earl of essex’s) and cites a letter from william reynolds, a soldier who served under both of them in 1599, where he talks about one of southampton’s/essex’s subordinates —-
I do marvel also what became of Piers Edmonds … and [who] has had many rewards and preferments by the Earl of Essex… he was a corporal general of the horse in Ireland under the Earl of Southampton. He ate and drank oat his table and lay in his tent, the Earl of Southampton gave him a horse, which Edmonds refused a hundred marks for him. The Earl Southampton would clip and hug him in his arms and play wantonly with him. This Piers began to fawn and flatter me in Ireland offering me great courtesy . . seeming to move and animate me to desire and look for the like favour.
it’s not the exact same, and there’s certainly other ways to read “that i do fawn on men and hug them hard” but also, IT IS INTERESTING.