Frederick Marryat — English Novelist born on July 10, 1792, died on August 09, 1848

Captain Frederick Marryat was a British Royal Navy officer, novelist, and an acquaintance of Charles Dickens, noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story. He is now known particularly for the semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy and his children's novel The Children of the New Forest, and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling, known as Marryat's Code... (wikipedia)

It's just six of one and half-a-dozen of the other.
I would rather write for the instruction, or even the amusement of the poor than for the amusement of the rich.