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10.20.2014

Regency Man Monday - Charles Austen

This said Capt. Simpson told us, on the authority of some other Captn just
arrived from Halifax, that Charles was bringing the Cleopatra home, & that
she was probably by this time in the Channel - but, as Capt. S. was certainly in
liquor, we must not quite depend on it.
- Jane to Cassandra, April 25, 1811
Charles Austen was born on June 23, 1779.  He entered the Royal Naval Academy at 12. Like his older brother he, the navy was his chosen career and he rose to the ranks of rear admiral. In 1807 he married Frances Fitzwilliam Palmer and they had three daughters.  After Frances's death, Charles married her sister Harriet Palmer in August of 1820.  Charles and Harriet had four children.  Frances died on October 7, 1852.

In 1801, Charles was stationed on the HMS Endymion.  When he returned Portsmouth he presented each of his sister with a topaz cross on a gold chain. It is believed that these necklaces were the inspiration for the cross given to Fanny by her brother in Mansfield Park.

Further Reading:
Charles Austen - Wikipedia
Jane Austen Sibling's - Charles John Austen - Austenprose
Charles Austen: Jane Austen’s “own particular little brother” - Jane Austen Centere
Charles Austen: Prize Chaserand Prize Taker on theNorth American Station1805-1808 by Shelia Johnson Kindred - JASNA
Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers

10.15.2014

10.06.2014

Regency Man Monday: Sir Francis William Austen

"If you don't buy a muslin Gown now on the strength of this Money, & Frank's
promotion, I shall never forgive You."
-Jane to Cassandra, December 28, 1798
Frank Austen was born April 23, 1774.  He went to the Royal Naval Academy at 11 and spent the whole of his career in the navy.  He left service as an admiral.  Frank was married twice. First to Mary Gibson in July of 1806.  Frank and Mary had 11 children. Mary passed away in 1823. In 1828, Frank married Martha Lloyd, Jane's close friend. They had no children of their own.

Frank served in the Navy from 1786-1865.  He rose quickly through the ranks, it is believed this was due to a connection with Warren Hastings. He rose to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet (the highest rank in the British Royal Navy). Frank served during the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Crimean War.  He received the Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.

Further Reading:
Francis Austen - Wikipedia
Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers: Francis and Charles in Live and Art by Brain Southam
Sir Francis William Austen: Glimpse of Jane's Sailor Brother in Letters - Jane Austen's World
General Google Search Results - there was a lot on him!