Jane Austen, the Captain and the Smugglers of a Tiny Island

After a ball at the Dolphin Hotel in Southampton in December 1808, Jane Austen – proficient as ever in summing up a gentleman’s potential as a spouse – noted that Corbet James D’Auvergne was both a captain in the Royal Navy and a ship owner. The remark might have been a joke about husband-hunting, but … Continue reading Jane Austen, the Captain and the Smugglers of a Tiny Island