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Written by Myretta
(2/13/2013 10:14 a.m.)
May 20, 1813 from Jane Austen @ Sloane St (HTA's home) to Cassandra at Chawton.
This letter appears to be largely about Jane Austen's trip from Chawton to Henry Austen's house in Sloane Street, London. According to Fanny Knight, Henry drove Jane down in his curricle.
You'll find most of the locations discussed identified on the Period maps from our Jane Austen Gazetteer. This is also linked in the board header.
The Hog's-back is A narrow ridge of bare chalk hills between Farnham and Guildford; the road runs along the summit and gives extensive views over six counties.
Le Faye says that Mr. Herington is probably grocer at Guildford.
Also from LeFaye's notes:
Claremont Park, Esher, Surrey. A new mansion was built and the grounds improved by Brown for Lord Clive in 1768, Viscount Galway 1774; Charles Rose Ellis 1807. Sold by him to the Crown in 1816 for the use of the newly married Princess Charlotte of Wales, who died in childbirth there in the following year at the age of 21. The gardens, but not the house, are now owned by the National Trust and open to the public.
Little Cass is Charles Austen's eldest daughter (born Dec. 1808) and her nursemaid Betsy. Also a maidservant Betsy employed at the Cottage. Cassy is Edward Austen Knight's 4th daughter (borm Nov. 1806). He and his family had recently arrived at Chawton Great House for a summer holiday.
Water-coloured Exhbition – currently on display in Spring Gardens held by the Society of Painters in Oil and Water Colours.
A 16th of the £20,000 – It seems likely that Martha had won some money in the national lottery, the top prizes in which were £20,000. Tickets were sold either whole or in half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth shares.
At Sloane Street, Mrs. Perigord calls to explain how she'll housekeep for Henry when he moves to live over the bank at 10 Henrietts Street (from Le Faye's A Family Chronology)A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family: 1700-2000)
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