Regency Man Monday - Henry Austen

"Henry, who had been confined the whole day to the Bank, took me in his way
home; & after putting Life & Wit into the party for a quarter of an hour, put
himself & his Sister into a Hackney coach,"
-Jane To Cassandra, April 18, 1811
Henry Austen was born June 8, 1771. He was an officer in the militia before becoming a banker.  When his bank failed he became a clergyman. Henry was married twice but had no children. He married his first wife Eliza de Feullide in December of 1797. After Eliza passed away in 1813, Henry married Eleanor Jackson in April in 1820.

Henry was Jane's business representative in London and played a very important role in the publication of her novels.

  • He sold Susan to Benjamin Crosby who promised to publish the story but never did.
  • In 1811 he worked with Thomas Egerton to publish Sense and Sensibility
  • In 1816 he purchased the copyright of Susan back from Benjamin Crosby
  • After Jane's death he worked with Cassandra to publish the rest of her completed works.
  • He was the one to write the biographical note that revealed that Jane was the author of her earlier published works. 
One of the works included in Jane's Juvenilia is titled "Henry and Eliza".  The title is in honor of her favorite brother and her favorite cousin. (At the time Eliza was still married to her first husband.)

For more information on Henry please read:


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Regency Man Monday - Edward Austen Knight

"I am tolerably glad to hear that Edward's income is so good a one -
as glad as I can at anybody's being rich besides you & me -
& I am thoroughly rejoiced to hear of his present to you."
 - Jane to Cassandra, January 8, 1799
What we know:
  • He was born on October 7, 1767 and he died on November 19, 1852
  • He was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Knight II of Godmersham in 1783
  • He married Elizabeth Bridges in December of 1791.
  • He had eleven children.
  • He owned three estates in Steventon, Chawton, and Godmersham.
  • After the death of his father he moved his mother and sisters into Chawton Cottage
  • After the death of Elizabeth his sisters were an integral part in the raising of his children.
For more reading:
Edward Austen Knight - Wikipedia article
Jane Austen's Brothers -


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We all know this scene never happened in Pride and Prejudice, yet it's a very famous image of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy emerging from the water in a wet shirt. I think it's really okay that it never happened because I really like this image!