The county of Cork is the largest in the kingdom. Though a considerable part of it is boggy, mountainous and barren, yet, by the industry of its inhabitants, it is pretty well cultivated and improved and contains several towns and harbours.

Cork is deservedly reckoned the second city in Ireland in magnitude, riches and commerce. It lies one hundred and twenty miles south-west of Dublin and contains above eight thousand five hundred houses. Its haven is deep and well sheltered form all winds; but small vessels only can come up to the city, which stands about seven miles up the river Lee. This is the chief port of merchants in the kingdom; and there is, perhaps, more beef, tallow and butter shipped off here, than in all the other ports of Ireland put together. Hence there is a great resort of ships to this port, particularly of those bound from Great Britain to Jamaica, Barbadoes and all the Caribeen islands, which put in here to victual and complete their lading.

Text: The Modern and Authentic System of Universal Geography containing an Accurate and Entertaining description of Europe, Asia, Africa and America etc (1807) by George Alexander Cooke

Jane Austen References

The Letters

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 1st September 1796

Letter to Cassandra Austen dated 15th September 1796