As mentioned in the previous post, John André had been engaged to Honora Sneyd for a brief period before joining the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1771. Although the relationship between André and Sneyd was short-lived, Anna Seward maintained hope in the years that followed that the two would rekindle their love. In fact, throughout her “Monody on Major André,” Seward repeatedly alluded to the once passionate relationship. Several passages suggest that Seward admired André’s passion for Sneyd. Seward wrote:
While with nice hand he mark’s the living grace,
And matchless sweetness of Honora’s Face,
Th’ enamour’d Youth the faithful traces blest,
That barb’d the dart of Beauty in his breast;
Around his neck th’ enchanting Portrait hung,
While a warm vow burst ardent from his tongue,
That from his bosom no succeeding day,
No chance should bear that Talisman away.
Making reference to the picture of Honora that André carried with him at all times during their engagement, Seward’s words document the young man’s devotion to his fiancée. Seward’s poem also touches on the heartbreak that André experienced as a result of the disintegration of his relationship with Sneyd. Seward lamented, “Honora lost! My happy Rival’s Bride! / Swell ye full Sails! And roll thou mighty Tide! / O’er the dark Waves forsaken André bear / Amid the volleying Thunder of the War!” Devastated by the loss of Sneyd, André abandoned the life he knew for a career in the British army. Despite the loss of Sneyd, however, Seward presented André’s love for his former fiancée as unwavering. She wrote, “To win bright Glory from my Country’s Foes / E’en in this ice of Love, my bosom glows.” There can be little doubt that Seward regarded André’s passion for Sneyd as worthy of admiration and praise. This sentiment, as expressed throughout the “Monody on Major André,” was founded in large part on the letters André wrote to Seward during his engagement with Sneyd. It was these letters which exposed the true nature of André’s love for Sneyd to Seward.
 Anna Seward, “Monody on Major André” (Lichfield: J. Jackson, 1781), 5.
 Ibid., 8.
 Letter from John André to Anna Seward, 19 October 1769, in “Monody on Major Andre” (Lichfield: J. Jackson, 1781), 37-38.
 Letter from John André to Anna Seward, 1 November 1769, in “Monody on Major Andre” (Lichfield: J. Jackson, 1781), 46.