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Notes on the Geography of Sri Lanka: Trincomalee: Photo 11

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Hard to read? "Sacred to the memory of his Excellency C.J. Austen, Esq., Companion of the most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, Rear Admiral of the Red and Commander-in-Chief of her Majesty's Naval Forces on the East India and China Station, died off Prome, the 7th October, 1852, while in command of the Naval Expedition on the river Irrawady against the Burmese Forces, aged 73 years." This Austen was the younger of Jane's two brothers and was born several years after her. He died of cholera and was probably buried at sea--this monument being merely a cenotaph. Jane Austen died much younger than either of her brothers and so would have known nothing of this.

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