Monthly Archives: January 2014

Here is such a wet Day as never was seen! – A Letter from Southampton

A letter from Southampton on this date in 1809, filled with details of Austen family acquaintances – 30 January 1809

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I have got my own darling Child from London !!!

YES!!!  Jane Austen’s letter on this date in 1813 from her cottage in Chawton to her sister Cassandra, visiting at Steventon, transmits news of her having received her copy of the newly published Pride and Prejudice !!!  Though she is … Continue reading

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It’s a Launch!!!

Today is the official launch of a new site for Jane Austen fans, and if the plans for the opening weeks aren’t enough to excite you, then you are indeed very hard to please. Though the site is new, some … Continue reading

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Wow! A Great ***** Review!

I was so thrilled yesterday to get a lovely five-star review for the first volume of my recently-published novel, A Fitzwilliam Legacy (Volume I: Seasonal Disorder) —  from J.B. Taylor at More Agreeably Engaged! You can read it at the … Continue reading

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How do you like this cold weather?

Though indeed there is much talk of weather – and I had to chuckle at how well some of the “grass is greener” commentary fit my own tendencies – there is also much talk of summer!… gowns and seaside trips … Continue reading

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Could my Ideas flow as fast as the rain in the Storecloset…

Two very newsy letters on this date, one each in 1809 and 1813 – the former once again alluding to their  planned move to Chawton (amongst other things), the latter from that happy cottage.  But there’s so much more to delight … Continue reading

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“…I hope I have no reason to hang myself”

Two continuations today from 1799 and 1801, and a very short ‘legacy’ note to her brother in 1805: 22 January 1799 22 Januray 1801 22 January 1805

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Expect a most agreeable Letter; for not being overburdened with subject

Letters resume today in the years 1799, 1801 from Steventon and another in 1805 from Bath – and what an arc of tone they offer.  The earlier two, for “not being overburdened by subject” are nonetheless delightful (with some great … Continue reading

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‘Twice every day, I think of a Letter…’

Today, another addendum to a letter begun the day prior – citing yet another Ball to attend (this one on the occasion of the Queen’s birthday) 18 January 1809 -continuation

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‘Everything seems to turn to snow this winter…’

The winter of 1809 was apparently a severe one in Southampton as this letter of 17 January in that year refers to the weather on several occasions. Regarding a book they are reading if not fully appreciating, she writes, “If … Continue reading

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