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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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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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I cannot close with a grander circumstance or greater wit.–

Today we have the conclusion to a letter begun the day before from Kent – continuing the family’s goings-on and tidbits of fashion (caps) and social events (a fair) and what-not… and lo and behold! Mrs Driver, being driven to … Continue reading

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I treat you with a dead Baronet in almost every Letter…

‘Today’ we have the beginning of a letter to Cassandra Austen that her sister wrote in 1816, while Cassandra is visiting in the spa town of Cheltenham.  This letter (which will be concluded tomorrow) has several little “quotables” as it meanders … Continue reading

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Must we buy lace, or will ribbon do?

Amongst all the catching up regarding family and friends, Jane Austen’s letter of today in 1805 very briefly mentions that she supposes everyone will have to be “in black” for the D. of G. – hence the post quotation above…  … Continue reading

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Can you imagine getting a note from Jane Austen with writing advice?

Sigh – it’s an awesome prospect – and by that I mean both wonderful and frightening! – but today’s brief start to a letter (which continues a week later) from Jane Austen to her niece Anna in 1814 is just … Continue reading

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I do think of her in every variety of circumstance…

Another letter from 1817 today, written by Cassandra Austen to her niece Fanny.  Poignant in recalling how like Fanny was to Jane Austen and their close relationship, as well as Cassandra reconciling to life without her sister, the letter is … Continue reading

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You’ll find us very snug next year;

Today’s letter is yet another poem, this one being sent to Jane Austen’s brother Frank on the occasion of the birth of his son.  Most of it is taken up with that subject – a hope for the child and … Continue reading

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How d’ye do, my Uncle Francis? How does do your Lady dear?

Today’s “letter” from Jane Austen is actually a poem, written to amuse her niece Fanny in anticipation of a visit to Godmersham Park from Captain Frank Austen and his brand new wife Mary (nee Gibson).  While the exact date of … Continue reading

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I have now therefore written myself into £250.–which only makes me long for more

In the culmination of a letter to brother Frank that was begun on 3rd July 1813, Jane Austen mentions not only her earnings to date on two novels, but a comment on the next that she has ready to go … Continue reading

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