Jane Austen’s Tea Things

In a lecture to the North American Jane Austen Society Convention, I spoke about The Tea Things of Jane Austen. This Regency period writer often used tea as a literary tool to bring the sexes together, and the term “tea things” was sometimes used to set the stage for conversation. London author Jane Pettigrew and […]

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Was Brick Tea Tossed into Boston Harbor?

Was brick tea thrown overboard at the Boston Tea Rebellion? The answer is NO. I sometimes see this myth mentioned in historical accounts of the Boston Tea Party. Worst of all, I’ve seen stacks of tea bricks fro sale in at least two gift shops at historic sites with narrative signs that say the East […]

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