I shall think with tenderness & delight on his beautiful & smiling Countenance & interesting Manners, till a few years have turned him into an ungovernable, ungracious fellow.

I always enjoy Jane Austen’s balanced descriptions of family members, and the ‘proof’ of her understanding of human nature, as suggested by this comment of her nephew, “Itty Dorty” in the first of two letters written on this date.  This first is from 1798, the second from 1800.

27th October 1798

27th October 1800 – continuation from two days prior

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