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He was a peice of Perfection, noisy Perfection himself which I always recollect with regard

A lovely change of pace today, with a letter from 1813 written by Jane Austen to her brother, Frank, Captain of the ship HMS Elephant asail in the Baltic.  Full of news of family and friends, it also serves admirably … Continue reading

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Nobody ever feels or acts, suffers or enjoys, as one expects!-

Lots of visits, comings and goings, and anticipations in this letter from the last day of June in 1808 – and it will continue tomorrow to bring in July as well! 30th June 1808 – from Godmersham

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He wants nothing but a good Prize to be a perfect Character.

Today’s letter in 1808 finds Jane Austen still visiting her brother Edward’s family at Godmersham, but making and receiving so many calls and callers, it’s hard to keep up with her!  (or them!)  But today’s post title you may surmise … Continue reading

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Henry at Whites!– Oh! what a Henry.

Two letters today – one each from 1814 and 1816, the latter a quick note to Jane Austen’s niece Anna.  There’s a bit of matchmaking afoot in the first, at least in her imagination… 23rd June 1814 – to Cassandra … Continue reading

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…You are very amiable & very clever to write such long Letters;…

I could say this (title quote) about Jane Austen, but in fact she is referencing a letter just received (1808) from her sister Cassandra.  It serves as a reminder to me of all the letters that are missing, from both … Continue reading

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I will not pretend in one meeting to dislike him… but I… saw nothing in him to admire.

Back to 1808 for today’s letter, with Jane Austen still visiting her brother Edward at Godmersham, but making the rounds of their acquaintance in Canterbury and making plans for her return home… 20th June 1808

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…she has a matrimonial project in view– …but all this you know is en Mystere between ourselves.

Jane Austen writes to her sister today from Bath in 1799, a missive which includes notes to Cassandra from her niece and nephew concerning letters they received from “her,” as well as other little mysteries… 19th June 1799 – from … Continue reading

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Yesterday passed quite a la Godmersham: . . .

Today’s continuation of a letter from the 15th in 1808 is a settling in of sorts – the gentleman doing… well, gentlemanly things… and the ladies presumably the same.  This letter will conclude tomorrow. 16th June 1808 – continuation from … Continue reading

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Where shall I begin? Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?

If ‘yesterday’s’ letter (from 1814) was a bit thin in content, today’s from 1808 makes up for it with a wealth of interest!  Lovely descriptions of her journey with her brother to Godmersham, details of the family, and humorous asides…  … Continue reading

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This is a delightful day in the Country

(I wish she could send some of that ‘delightful’ my way, we’ve had a hanging rain for days…) Not a great deal of news in today’s letter from 1814 to Cassandra, but in this anniversary year of its publication there … Continue reading

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