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Written by Myretta
(2/12/2013 9:58 a.m.)
Written from Chawton to Cassandra at Steventon February 4, 1813. This letter contains one of my favorite quotes from Jane Austen about Pride & Prejudice:
Here are a few notes on the people and events referenced in this letter:
Mrs D = Digweed
The wedding = The Austen's manservant Thomas Carter married Ann Trimmer at Chawton on Jan 30 1813.
Harwoods – "on the death of the old man sad disclosures came to light and ruin stared them in the face. The property at Deane was worth about £1200 a year and it had descended through a squirearchy of John Hardwoods, fathers and sons for five or six generations, but it was so to descend no longer. Old Mr. Harwood had contracted debts, quite unsuspected by his family. He had borrowed and mortgaged so freely, that it seemed as if the state itself could scarcely pay its own liabilities. There was nothing for his widow, and his sister's small portion had been left in his hands, and had gone with the rest of the money, so that both ladies were dependent on the heir." Caroline-Mary Craven Austen Reminiscences. (Caroline was Jane Austen's niece, the second daughter of her brother James and the first with his second wife, Mary Lloyd.)
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