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Written by Myretta
(2/16/2013 9:44 a.m.)
September 25 from Godmersham Park to Francis Austen aboard HMS Elephant, Baltic
This is another very chatty letter telling Frank about her trip from London to Godmersham. It's fun to read her flirtatious tone to her brother. The letter is full of funny phrases ("I wonder whether You & the King of Sweden know that I was to come to Gm (Godmersham) with my Br (brother)".)
She recounts her time in London with her brothers & nieces and writes of some of the same events she wrote to Cassandra about in the previous letter.
Her description of the trip to Godmersham by various means as "St. Paul's Shipwreck" is a reference to Acts 27:44.
I do love the description of her nephew Edward. "Edward is no Enthusiast in the beauties of Nature. His Enthusiasm is for the Sports of the field only." How little some things change.
In this letter, she also thanks Frank for his permission to use the names of his ships in MP and acknowledges his warning that doing so someone in the naval world would, sooner or later, realize that it had been written by a member of the Austen family.
Jane thanks her brother and his wife for their discretion on the matter of her authorship and is quite put out that Henry cannot keep his mouth shut about the fact that she is the author of P&P. He has apparently spread the news all over Scotland during his trip.
Poor Mr. Trimmer, who is dead in the last part of the letter was Edward Austen Knight's lawyer for his Hampshire property, a position assumed by his son on his death.
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