"About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon"
17th century map of Huntingdonshire by Pieter van der Keere
Public Domain17th century map of Huntingdonshire by Pieter van der Keere - Credit: Seriykotik

Jane Austen worked on Mansfield Park during 1813, ahead of its publication in 1814. This dates Sir Thomas Bertram's courtship to approximately 1783, six years before the French Revolution.

Huntingdon is a small English market town, formerly the county town of Huntingdonshire, one of the historic English counties. Following changes in local government administration, Huntingdonshire lost its county status in 1965, and the town of Huntingdon is now part of Cambridgeshire.

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