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|Edward's adoption and Grand tour..
Written by Leif G-n
(2/26/2003 8:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another view, penned by Kay S
There were adoptions and adoptions..How Austens felt about giving away their son we can't know. But the fact that Mr Austen was at first against the idea of Edward spending time at Godmersham was more because he worried that the boy would lag behind in his latin grammar! I think that after the ques tion had been raised, he realised as well as Mrs Austen the gains that might be had from this arrangement.
And he's said to have been a pleasant charachter,fond of telling stories. And I'm sure that he could tell Jane and the family some interesting things about his travels on the continent.
I would really like to know more about the travels they made. Such tours I belive were supposed to be a mix of education and relaxation. There may exist information about them, but unpublished.
Jane was 8 when her brother was formally adopted. It must have made an impression on her. She was 12-13 when James and Edward came back from their tours. Did she write to them? She might have. And they must have written back to the family.
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