A Year In History: 1816

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This Year in History:


Discover what happened in this year with HISTORY’s summaries of major events, anniversaries, famous births and notable deaths.

April 1

Jane Austen declines royal librarian’s writing advice

Jane Austen responds to a letter from Rev.  James Stanier Clarke, librarian to England’s Prince Regent (the future King George IV), suggesting she write a historic romance, saying, “I could not sit down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life.” Austen’s correspondence with the Prince Regent’s librarian, as well as […]