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5.23.2016

Regency Man Monday - John Jackson

John Jackson
(28 September 1769 – 7 October 1845)
Jackson was a celebrated English pugilist of the late 18th century.

He won the title Champion of England in a fight on 15 April 1795 in which he beat Daniel Mendoza. After this he created a boxing academy for gentlemen at 13 Bond Street, London. Jackson's Saloon was popular with the nobility and gentry. Lord Byron relates in his diary that not only did he receive instruction in boxing from Jackson, but also had a homosexual fling with him.

Byron referred to Jackson as the 'Emperor of Pugilism', and the leading prizefight reporter, Pierce Egan, writing in Boxiana declared him to be the 'fixed star' of the 'Pugilistic Hemisphere'.
In the artist Thomas Lawrence's 1797 exhibition at the Royal Academy, an enormous painting of Satan Summoning his Legions was based upon a giant portrait of Jackson. In 1814, Jackson helped to establish the 'Pugilistic Club'.

Jackson is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.
-Read more at Wikipedia

Further Reading:
John Jackson, English Boxer - Britannica
Gentleman John Jackson and Daniel Mendoza: Heavy Hitters of Regency Boxing - The Jane Austen Centre
The Old One-Two: Boxing in Regency England - Regina Scott
Gentleman Jackson (1769 – 1845) - Regency World
Gentlemen’s Sports in the Regency - Susana's Parlour

5.09.2016

Happy Mother's Day Jane!

Happy Mother's Day to the mother of our favorite characters, quotes, and books!

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Chawton, Friday, January 29 (1813).
I hope you received my little parcel by J. Bond on Wednesday evening, my dear Cassandra, and that you will be ready to hear from me again on Sunday, for I feel that I must write to you today. [...] I want to tell you that I have got my own darling child from London. On Wednesday I received one copy sent down by Falkener, with three lines from Henry to say that he had given another to Charles and sent a third by the coach to Godmersham. [...] The advertisement is in our paper to-day for the first time: 18s. He shall ask 1l. 1s. for my two next, and 1l. 8s. for my stupidest of all. Miss B. dined with us on the very day of the book's coming and in the evening we fairly set at it, and read half the first vol. to her, prefacing that, having intelligence from Henry that such a work would soon appear, we had desired him to send it whenever it came out, and I believe it passed with her unsuspected. She was amused, poor soul! That she could not help, you know, with two such people to lead the way, but she really does seem to admire Elizabeth. I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least I do not know. There are a few typical errors; and a "said he," or a "said she," would sometimes make the dialogue more immediately clear; but "I do not write for such dull elves, as have not a great deal of ingenuity themselves." The second volume is shorter than I could wish, but the difference is not so much in reality as in look, there being a larger proportion of narrative in that part. I have lop't and crop't so successfully, however, that I imagine it must be rather shorter than "Sense and Sensibility" altogether. Now I will try to write of something else [...]

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms.