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Written by JulieW
(4/13/2008 11:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, L&T question: Writing letters in a chessboard-pattern, penned by MarianneR
This is a facsimile of one of JAs own letters: she has written once in the usual manner,then has turned her letter through 180 degrees and written lines between the original writing, now upside down. It is very difficult to make out,IMO, and I don't blame Miss Bates for exclaiming about the chequer work in the least
Here is another version of a crossed letter ( this time written at right angles to the original script) from Anne Woodley's Regency Collection web page.
The reason for writing on only one piece of paper was not really the cost of the paper,but the cost of the postage.
Postal rates were calculated according to the distance sent and the number of sheets of paper used; and it as the recipient , not the sender who paid the charges..
So Jane was trying to save her poor relatives' money by crossing her letter: she fills the whole page with news then crosses half of it with more details, in order to save Miss Bates the expense of paying for additional pages.
Does that help?
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