Lots of letters this week to please us, though – December was a good month for corresponding, and it’s only just begun!
We wave goodbye to November with some letters to Jane Austen’s nieces (that spill over in small bits to December) — featuring everything from writing and plot advice/critique to matters of love and marriage! There are also letters to Martha Lloyd (from which today’s title quotation comes) and referenced from brother Frank, as well as the ‘usual’ to sister Cassandra that are filled with characteristic — and yet, as always, unique — observations on friends, acquaintances, and the occasional oddity. (For example, what is a Shrewsbury Clock (in relation to any other kind), why can Mrs Stent verify its accuracy, and what are Jane Austen and Martha Lloyd doing throwing themselves “into a postchaise, one upon the other, [our] heads hanging out at one door, & [our] feet at the opposite”???
Let’s find out, shall we?
30th November 1812 (very short addendum to 29th)
30th November 1814 – to Anna Lefroy
30th November 1814 – to Fannie Knight
1st December 1800 (very short P.S. to 30th November)
2nd December 1798 (short addendum to 1st December)