"A strange business this in America, Dr. Grant!"
'Columbia teaching John Bull his New Lesson' (1813 caricature on the Anglo-American War from an American perspective)
Public Domain'Columbia teaching John Bull his New Lesson' (1813 caricature on the Anglo-American War from an American perspective) - Credit: William Charles

 The interpretation of this remark depends to a large extent on the exact period in which the events of Mansfield Park are set. Various commentators have suggested different dates, ranging from 1803-6 to 1810-1813. Those who favour the later date have suggested Tom Bertram may be referring to the Anglo-American War (1812-1815).