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|JA & the Wars Pt 1 - Correction
Written by Captain Everett
(3/4/2003 7:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Additions and one correction., penned by Linden
Thanks for the correction: It was April 20, 1792 for the Declaration of War. (Somehow I had it as 1790 when I keyed in my first outline and, even if I thought it seemed rather early, didn't recheck the date.)
You're also right about the different opinions JA, and the general public, had of soldiers and sailors. The latter were far outperforming the former. However, as had been pointed out in previous discussions, Colonels often stayed at home and let the Lieutenant-Colonels actually run the Regiment. (Not counting those who were given various Brevet Ranks and commanding larger formations as a kind of semi-official "General".)
There was a connection with the Moores, more on that when I get up to the Peninsular War, and Corruna in particular. Your additional details reguarding de Feullide are in line with what I recall reading, and could have been explained better.
] To protect it, he had to stay behind. Lands of emigres were declared forfeit to the nation. It's possible (does anyone know?) that he had emigrated earlier but had returned at the end of 1791-start of 1792 when the decree was passed seizing emigre property.
] And one minor snippet: in 1792, Lafayette fled France to the Austrians (who threw him in prison). Among his companions was a certain Monsieur D'Arblay, who was not thrown in prison but arrived in England, where he met and then married Fanny Burney. John Thorpe refers to this as the only thing he knows about Fanny Burney, but there's a more interesting JA connection. The subscription list of `Camilla' which she published soon after her marriage, includes some 1100 names, among them `Miss J. Austen, Steventon': as far as I know, this is the earliest mention of JA outside her family. See the link below
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