“Our ball was rather more amusing than I expected,” Jane writes . . . . “The room was tolerably full, and there were, perhaps, thirty couple of dancers . . . . It was the same room in which we danced fifteen years ago. I thought it all over, and in spite of the shame of being so much older felt, with thankfulness, that I was quite as happy now as then . . . . you will not expect to hear that I was asked to dance, but I was - by the gentleman whom we met that Sunday with Captain D’Auvergne. We have always kept up a bowing acquaintance since, and being pleased with his black eyes, I spoke to him at the ball, which brought on me this civility; but I do not know his name, and he seems so little at home in the English language, that I believe his black eyes may be the best of him.”
D'AUVERGNE, Corbet James Captain,
born 01/04/1767 St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, Appointed Lieutenant 20/01/1794, Captain 01/08/1811. .
Corbet James D'Auvergne (d. 1825), who married in 1823 a woman named Marie Victoire de Rohan. She was the illegitimate daughter of Ferdinand de Rohan, archbishop of Cambrai and great-uncle of Charles-Alain-Gabriel de Rohan, and of Charlotte Stuart, herself the illegitimate daughter of Charles Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie). No issue came of this curious marriage
He was not aware that Jersey people had made money in the trading of slaves in particular when he purchased Gouray Lodge in 1880. Went bankrupt in 1883.
His half-brother is also not without some controversy in his life:
On September 18, his half brother Philip D'Auvergne, ruined by the cost of the litigation for claims of his family duchy rights, committed suicide at Holmes' Hotel, London; he was buried in St. Margaret's Church, Westminster. It is said that he made an "unfortunate marriage in India with a French woman named Damfrecourt, by whom he had a son", though I can't see when in his career he was ever in India. He also had three illegitimate children by Mary Hepburn of St. Helier, Jersey, to whom he gave his name: Anne Elizabeth (b. 1800), married to admiral John Aplin; Mary Ann Charlotte (b. 1794) married in 1815 to Sir Henry Prescott, later admiral; and Philip, who died a midshipman in Colombo in 1815 (presumably without issue.)
Died 18 September 1825, Le Havre, France
--It looks like Jane came off with a close escape as this Captain was then married to an illegitimate daughter of Charles Stuart very interesting story there and the half brother Phillipe seems more like Willoughby or makes him look agreeable only have one child out of wedlock. Good fore-sight of Jane to near miss this one!