I have great pleasure in sending you the lock of hair you wish for

Curiously, throughout the collection of letters written by Jane Austen over her years, there are relatively few written in (or surviving from) the month of July.  Today’s post is yet another note written instead by Cassandra in 1817 after her sister’s death, transmitting to Anne Sharp a few articles that had belonged to Jane Austen.  Very short, nonetheless it raises some interest regarding the strength of faith that sustained them, the custom of keeping locks of hair, and the relationships between the sisters and Miss Sharp, Fanny Knight’s  former governess.

28th July 1817 – Cassandra Austen to Miss Sharp

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