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|Letters 87 (Brabourne 62) & 88 (Brabourne 63)
Written by Myretta
(2/15/2013 11:46 a.m.)
September 15-16 1813 from Henrietta Street to Cassandra at Chawton
Jane is at Henry's new home in Henrietta street, having traveled to London with her brother Edward and his three eldest daughters when the rest of the Knight family returned to Godmersham from Chawton.
This letter and the next details the events crammed into their three-day visit -- two evenings at the theatre where they saw Clandestine Marriage, Midas: An English Burletta (not in Google Books), Don Juan or the Libertine Destroyed – a pantomime founded on Shadwell's Libertine Pantomine (not available on Google Books, but here's Shadwell), The Boarding House; or Five Hours at Brighton, and The Beehive. There were also dental appointments for Lizzy and Marianne (Edward's daughters), calls upon dressmaker and milliner and much general shopping. Jane spent some of her literary earnings on a dress-length of poplin as a gift for her sister.
Henry sent a copy of P&P to Warren Hastings at Daylesford and Hastings had voiced his praise of it.
Warren Hastings of Daylsesford, Glos and Governor-General of Bengal. In his private capacity, Hastings had several connections of enduring friendship with Austens: he had known Mrs. GA's Leigh family since his boyhood days as their neighbor in Glocestershire; on the strength of this, he had sent his little son George back from India to be the Austens' foster child and pupil at Deane. In India Hastings had also been the firend and business partner for a number of years of Tysoe-Saul Hancock, husband of Philadelphia Austen and was godfather to their daughter Elizabeth (later Eliza de Feuillide, Mrs. HTA) and finally, Revd GA's cousing Miss Maria Payne seems to have lived for some years at Daylsesford as companion to Mrs. Hastings.
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