Tuesday, April 22

Open Call to Writers

Open Call to ALL Reenactors, 
Historians and Creative Writers!

The Royal Navy reenacting group that represents HMS Acasta will be attending the Jane Austen Festival in July of this year. One of the things that I'd like to be able to do is deliver a 'mail packet' full of letters to the various Acasta members. This is a project that I have undertaken in the past with other groups with awesome results.

This is where YOU come in!

Anyone who would like to submit a period correct letter to add to the packet is encouraged to do so! We'd love to have your contribution, however large or small! Anything added to the packet will help to enhance the historical experience for not only the Acastas who receive them, but for the public who will attend the Festival as well.

At last year's event, the Mail Packet was a huge hit with the Acastas and the public alike. Mr. Midshipman Raley delivered the packet to the Captain about mid-day on Saturday and the letters were passed out.

Some examples of things that we got as part of the project:

The Doctor got a secret coded message from Sir Joseph Blaine with the Admiralty. Obviously from a Patrick O'Brian fan.

Lt. Tumbusch got a notice from the Dutch East India Company letting him know that his stock was now worthless.

Rev. Mr. Griswold got a letter letting him know of the death of one of his parishioners.

Mr. Raley got a letter from his 'mother' back home written a professional author of nautical historical fiction.

A letter arrived for the Purser from a mysterious wife and children he claimed to know nothing of.

Capt. Freymann got a letter from a father in England looking for news of the location of his two sons.

Need some ideas for what to write? Try one of these:

Letter from a friend or colleague back home. 
(But none from 'family' this year if you please, last year we had to leave a letter out because Mr. Raley got TWO letters from his 'mother')
A bill or request for payment.
An overdue payment of debt.
A letter carrying news of the war(s)

Or, use the link below to see some other types of period letters:

The Complete Letter Writer...

Wondering what a period letter looks like? Here are some beautiful examples:


Contact me to find out where to send your finished letter… or questions, or for any other additional information.

Finshed letters will need to be to ME by the end of June so that they can find their way into the Mail Packet!

Don't know WHO to write to? Here's the lot of Acastas who are usually to be found at the festival:

So pick up your pen and paper and get writing, and HAVE FUN!


  1. Hello. When are they due? I would like to participate.

    1. Finshed letters will need to be to ME by the end of June so that they can find their way into the Mail Packet! :D

    2. Thank you kind sir. I would like to also ask, has the HMS Acasta traveled to the West Indies during its tenure on the sea? Specifically, to either Santo Domingo - which is French, I do realize that may not be a port of destination for the Acasta. However, what about Spain or Morocco? I am working on my letter and subject and had an idea in mind. Thank you, your humble servant. Miss Angela

    3. The Acasta was in San Domingo in 1806, additional information can be found: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Acasta_(1797)

    4. Again, thank you kind sir for your quick response. This will help me with my letter. Thank you.

  2. Hello, its me again. Phew! I finally finished 3 letters...its be a busy month so far. I was going to put in the mail today but I couldn't find an address to send the packet of 3 letters. Sorry to bother you as I know you are getting ready for the event. As soon as I get an address I will have in the mail - Probably Monday at this point. Cheers and thank you for your help and patience. I had fun writing these.