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|Letter 65 (Brabourne 52)
Written by Myretta
(8/15/2011 10:32 a.m.)
Another chatty letter. William (son of Edward Austen Knight) is apparently spending his convalescence cross-stitching a footstool for their Chawton home.
No second letter has been received from Bookham, from which Jane infers that Elizabeth Leigh (Cassandra's godmother)'s health is improving.
The letter reports Anna (daugher of James Austen and Anne Mathew) went to Clanville to meet her new aunt. This would be the new wife of Brownlow Mathew, Anne Austen's brother. David Selwyn compares the bridal visit to Frank Churchill putting of the visit to his father in Jane Austen and Leisure.
Earle Harwood, from whom the Austen's expected a visit that week, is a neighbor from Deane (the site of Rev. George Austen's original parsonage). He did not come.
Dr. Mant, who is described as running after Martha (Lloyd, who lived with the Austen ladies and would marry Francis Austen in 1828) was the vicar of All Saints church in the High Street, Southampton. He apparently had quite a following of young ladies, of whom Martha Lloyd was one.
Mrs. Esten, who is repored to lie in a the same time is Mrs. C.A., is the wife of James Christie Esten, Chief Justice of Bermuda and eldest sister of Charles Austen's wife.
William and Mary Jane who are traveling to Winchester and Steventon are younger brother and sister of Tom Fowle, Cassandra's late fiance.
Here is Volume 3 of Ida of Athens, of which only the Preface has been read, but of which Jane does not expect much. (the full book does not appear to be available on Google books)
|Letter 65 (Brabourne 52)|
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