A great hurry

“I have received a letter from Frank . . . he is in a great hurry to be married, & I have encouraged him in it.”

letter to Cassandra
August 24, 1805 [45]

Jane’s brother Frank was in the navy–a regular Horatio Hornblower–he married Mary Gibson of Ramsgate the following July.  They had been engaged since 1804, but waited until he won a little more prize money to marry.  They had eleven children before Mary died.

Image from the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. See their Austen family info.

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