Regency Mystery: The Disappearance of Benjamin Bathhurst

The disappearance of a British Diplomat in Germany during the Napoleonic Wars is perhaps not so mysterious to today’s reader.  But imagine its November 1809, and a young man named Baron de Koch is stopped at the post house for fresh horses in the town of Perleberg, west of Berlin.  He is dressed with the care and elegance of German merchant, in a sable fur … Expand

Regency Events: 1810 and the Resistance in America

[cryout-button-light url=”#”][/cryout-button-light] “Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers.” Tecumseh 1810 marked the decade of Waterloo.  Beyond the glittering ballrooms of Town, the world was rapidly changing.  Across the Atlantic, Shawnee leader Tecumseh was urging for pan-Indian resistance to westward expansion by white settlers (http://www.americanyawp.com/reader/the-early-republic/tecumseh-letter-to-william-henry-harrison-1810/).  The speech … Expand

Regency Events: The London Beer Flood of 1814

Meux Brewery

In looking into breweries in London, I ran into the story of the Great London Beer Flood of 1814….and thought this was a great opportunity to start a new blog category: Regency Events! On October 17, 1814 in St. Giles at around 5:30 PM, a huge vat containing over 135,000 imperial gallons of beer (roughly 1.3 million pints) ruptured at the Meux and Company Brewery.  A wave … Expand