30 October 1815 – Monday – from Hans Place

[Letter to Jane Austen’s niece, Caroline Austen]

My dear Caroline

I have not yet felt quite equal to taking up your Manuscript, but think I shall soon, & I hope my detaining it so long will be no inconvenience.– It gives us great pleasure that you should be at Chawton.  I am sure Cassy must be delighted to have you.– You will practise your Music of course, & I trust to you for taking care of my Instrument & not letting it be ill used in any respect.– Do not allow anything to be put on it, but what is very light.– I hope you will try to make out some other tune besides the Hermit.– Tell your Grandmama that I have written to Mrs Cooke to congratulate her, & that I have heard from Scarlets today; they were much shocked by the preparatory Letter which I felt obliged to send last wednesday, but had been made comfortable in comparison, by the receipt of my friday’s Letter.  Your Papa wrote again by this Post, so that I hope they are now easy.– I am sorry you got wet in your ride; Now that you are become an Aunt, you are a person of some consequence & must excite great Interest whatever You do.  I have always maintained the importance of Aunts as much as possible, & I am sure of your doing the same now.– Beleive me my dear Sister-Aunt,

Yours affecly
J. Austen

One Response to 30 October 1815 – Monday – from Hans Place

  1. Pingback: Now that you are become an Aunt, you are a person of some consequence & must excite great Interest whatever You do. | QuinnTessence

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