8 April 1798 – Sunday – from Steventon

[Letter written to Philadelphia Walter]

My dear Cousin

As Cassandra is at present from home, You must accept from my pen, our sincere Condolance on the melancholy Event which Mrs Humphries Letter announced to my Father this morning.– The loss of so kind & affectionate a Parent, must be a very severe affliction to all his Children, to yourself more especially, as your constant residence with him has given you so much the more constant & intimate Knowledge of his Virtues.– But the very circumstance which at present enhances your loss, must gradually reconcile you to it the better;– the Goodness which made him valuable on Earth, will make him Blessed in Heaven.– This consideration must bring comfort to yourself, to my Aunt, & to all his family & friends; & this comfort must be heightened by the consideration of the little Enjoyment he was able to receive from this World for some time past, & of the small degree of pain attending his last hours.– I will not press you to write before you would otherwise feel equal to it, but when you can do it without pain, I hope we shall receive from you as good an account of my Aunt & Yourself, as can be expected in these early days of Sorrow.–

My Father & Mother join me in every kind wish, & I am my dear Cousin,

Yours affec:tely
Jane Austen

[Miss Walter
Seal
Sevenoaks
Kent]

One Response to 8 April 1798 – Sunday – from Steventon

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