Monthly Archives: April 2016

Benjamin Harrison, Congressional “Falstaff” and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Born on 5 April 1726, Benjamin Harrison V lived the life guaranteed him by his wealthy parents. He was the eldest son of Benjamin Harrison IV and Ann Carter and took over the family’s extensive holdings at the age of … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Love of the British Navy

In referring to the cult-like following of those who extolled all things involving Admiral Horatio Nelson, Jane Austen once wrote, “I am sick of Nelson.” Yet, the author always appreciated the lives of men in the Royal Navy. Two of … Continue reading

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I See Austen’s Influence Everywhere!!!!

As much as I love Jane Austen, one of my best friends loves Elizabeth Gaskell equally as well. I admit to having read only three Gaskell pieces in my time: Cranford, North and South, and Mary Barton. Last Christmas Season, I reread Cranford, but … Continue reading

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John Morton, the “Keystone” Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Son of John Morton (Senior) and Mary Archer, John Morton was born in Pennsylvania in 1725. Both sides of Morton’s family came to Pennsylvania from Sweden and Finland. His father passed the same year as John’s birth, and his mother … Continue reading

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Happy April Birthdays to Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors

April brings us twenty actors who have held roles in Austen-inspired film adaptations. How many of these below are among your favorites?   April 1 – JJ Feild, who portrayed Henry Tilney in 2007’s Northanger Abbey, as well as Mr … Continue reading

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