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Written by Robbin
(11/30/2006 8:51 a.m.)
I had a most affectionate letter from Buller; I was afraid he would oppress me by his felicity & his love for his Wife, but this is not the case; he calls her simply Anna without any angelic embellishments, for which I respect & wish him happy—and throughout the whole of his letter indeed he seems more engrossed by his feelings towards our family, than towards her, which You know cannot give any one disgust. (Letter 25)
I had to look up Mr. Buller to find out why JA was corresponding with a gentleman and found that when a boy; Richard Buller was boarded at Steventon Rectory for tutorial services with Mr. Austen and remained a devoted friend of the family after leaving their care. I figure the letter may have been addressed to the family or Mr. Austen rather than specifically to JA. Would it have been appropriate for a family friend to address letters directly to Jane or is her statement “I had a most affectionate letter” meant to incorporate everyone in the family?
Reference: Jane Austen: A Family Record by Deirdre Le Faye
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