Category Archives: Jane Austen’s Letters

Miss Jane Austen’s tears have flowed over each sweet sketch…

Ah! But are they tears of sorrow, joy, frustration, or perhaps just… boredom?  Jane Austen’s brief letter to niece Anna, written sometime between 29th and 31st October 1812, concerns a novel by Mrs Hunter that they have been reading together … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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I am not at all in a humour for writing; I must write on till I am.–

Despite the lack of humour (for writing) I have five letters to share over the last couple days — I’ve been away for the weekend, so grouping them again.  But plenty of observation to enjoy — 24th October 1798 24th … Continue reading

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I ask, what am I to do with my Gratitude? — I can do nothing but thank you & go on.

Jane Austen’s gratitude (post title) was for a long newsy letter from Cassandra.  Mine is for your patience — I fell behind again!!!  I made it nine months posting the “daily” letters on (or near) the dates they were written, … Continue reading

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After having much praised or much blamed anybody, one is generally sensible of something just the reverse soon afterwards.

Lots of news from Godmersham to report today in 1813 — what with men out shooting, the neighbourhood all visiting, the weather gearing up for a blistery cold fall, and family news! 11th October 1813  

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We must turn our black pelisses into new, for Velvet is to be very much worn this winter.

The conclusion today of a letter written over the last few days in 1808 from Southampton.   The weather has turned brisk enough to dine in a room with a fire, Martha has come for an extended stay… and of course, … Continue reading

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I found her …just what you describe, almost another Sister, & could not have supposed that a neice would ever have been so much to me.

Today’s letter is a continuation from the day before (and to be continued again tomorrow) from 1808 — there are family descriptions/impressions to be had, including Jane Austen’s growing attachment (per today’s title quote) to niece Fanny Knight, a young … Continue reading

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Our friends… were alarmed, but not out of their good Sense or Benevolence

We have a letter begun today in 1808 from Castle Square, Southampton that is interesting for its description of a fire that broke out in a shop in the town, and its effects on various people.  The letter is left … Continue reading

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Everybody who comes to Southampton finds it either their duty or pleasure to call upon us

A letter from home in Southampton, written over the two-day period of 1-2 October 1808 as the weather is turning colder and damper… yet still there’s visiting to be done, news to report to Cassandra (in Kent) and solitude to … Continue reading

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Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones.– It is not fair.

I dickered with myself over what letter quotation to use for today’s post-title, from a letter written to Anna Austen Lefroy in 1814.  It is another gem of Jane Austen offering her niece writing criticism/advice, most of the letter in … Continue reading

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