Category Archives: Jane Austen’s Letters

Henry has probably sent you his own account of his visit in Scotland.

Today’s letter from 1813 is a lengthy one written to brother Francis.  We have so few of Jane Austen’s letters overall (in comparison to those it is believed she wrote) and so few of those are to one of her … Continue reading

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I am still a Cat if I see a Mouse.–

Today’s letter from 1813 was written to her sister while Jane Austen was staying at Godmersham.  One item of interest in this letter is a reply to some family occurrence Cassandra must have related, wherein the suggestion of Jane’s feelings towards … Continue reading

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I should inevitably fall a Sacrifice to the arts of some fat Woman who would make me drunk with Small Beer.

One letter today, from 18th September 1796, and one addendum to a letter to niece Anna which was begun the prior week in 1804.  The post title quote is from the 1796 letter, which contains several quotables — and one … Continue reading

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Still catching up, but today I should become current again…

LOL, no — today’s post title is not a quote from one of Jane Austen’s letters as has been my habit in the past.  I’m sure she would have expressed herself with more wit than that!  But as I remedy … Continue reading

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But for there being no Ice, what could prepare me!– Weymouth is altogether a shocking place I perceive, without recommendation of any kind, & worthy only of being frequented by the inhabitants of Gloucester.–

Jane Austen is in Lyme in this letter from 14th September 1804! (the only letter, by the way, from that year.)   By the tone of it, she is enjoying her stay and, by her own admission, glad not to be in … Continue reading

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Mr Richard Harvey’s match is put off, till he has got a Better Christian name, of which he has great Hopes.

While I’ve been slaving away at my busiest time of year at work (hence being behind in posting letters by about a week, sorry…) Jane Austen was having a delightful time staying with her brother Edward in Kent in 1796.  Below … Continue reading

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I have a good many criticisms to make– more than you will like…

For today, we have two entries: a short conclusion to a letter begun the day before in 1816, and a lengthier one from 1814 to niece Anna. This 1814 one is a gem, for the whole of it is a … Continue reading

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…as it is a great secret, & only known to half the Neighbourhood, you must not mention it

Another letter from  1796 as Jane Austen continues her visit in Kent, staying at Rowling.  Come find out for yourself what the “great secret” may be — you don’t want to fall in with the half of the Neighbourhood in … Continue reading

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I shall be perfectly satisfied if I hear from you again on Tuesday.

Today we have a partial letter from Jane Austen to her sister in 1816, the first page or two of it missing… leaving me only too ready to hear from her again (even before Tuesday!)… and wondering yet again what … Continue reading

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I could die of laughter at it … You are indeed the finest comic writer of the present age.

Have you ever, as you read Jane Austen’s letters to her sister Cassandra, wished that we also had the other side of the correspondence, the letters she received by way of return?  I know I often do so, and none … Continue reading

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