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|Letter 67 (Brabourne 54)
Written by Myretta
(8/17/2011 8:57 a.m.)
The "poor little girls" who are having such bad weather for their journey are Lizzy and Marianne Austen (Knight) who are being sent to boarding school in Wanstead, Essex until their sister Fanny can engage a governess for them.
Sir Thomas Williams (later Admiral) was the husband of Jane Austen's cousin Jane Cooper.
Miss Sharpe is Anne Sharpe, governess to Fanny Knight from 1804 to 1806, who became Jane Austen's good friend. Miss B appears to be her current charge, Miss Bailey.
Aunt Fatty was the Bridges family nickname for Isabella Fielding. The fire was at St. James's palace.
"The child" whose absence they are glad of because of the state of the nursery is Francis Austen's daughter, Mary Jane.
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