Your letter came quite as soon as I expected, and so your letters will always do, because I have made it a rule not to expect them till they come

Thankfully, Cassandra Austen’s letters did come often, so that we have her sister’s replies to enjoy!  This letter, written over two days on 18th and 19th December 1798 primarily offers Austen family updates, but also gives glimpses of their friends, the fashion of the day, patronage, and all the other concerns of daily life in 1798.

We’re winding down on letters for the year – only a handful to come in what remains of December – so take a few moments from your own holiday preparations, settle in and enjoy this one for a break from the madness…

18th December 1798

19th December 1798 (continuation from previous day)

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