All Things Austen — A Letter from Jane to Cassandra (18-20 April 1811) — 16 Comments

  1. I loved how she told Cassandra that she not only spent her own money but Cassandra’s as well! Oh the art of letter writing!

  2. Such lovely detailed letters and her sense of humour is evident. Silk stockings were expensive compared with the other things she was buying. I hope Cassandra appreciated the items bought with her money!!!?? Thanks for this post Leslie.

    • I also think it’s interesting when she begins mentioning how much different items cost in some of her letters. Thanks, Glynis!

  3. Austen tells amazing stories in her letters just like in her novels! Her amusement at others as well as herself is always good-natured. 🙂

    Thank you for posting this gem!

    Susanne (whose pen name happens to be Cassandra)

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! I just had the difficult job of tracking down the April letters. 🙂
      Thanks, Susanne!

    • I love reading her letters. I confess it’s part of why I posted several this month. I always want to read more, but don’t always have a lot of time for it. It gave me an excuse to read them multiple times really. Thanks, Deborah!

  4. I love reading about the minutiae of Jane Austen’s daily life, even down to how much things cost.

    Some people have written that she lead a really sheltered life but her letters refute that in a major way. She travelled quite a bit around Southern England and met a wide variety of people from all walks of life.

    Thanks for sharing this letter with us Leslie. This time, an abbreviated version is included in the book I’m reading.

    • She did experience a great deal just with living in some of the different places she did. Her brother’s homes were an added benefit that she could travel more. I do enjoy reading some of how much things cost and what she looked for. Thanks, Anji!

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