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In Search of Jane AustenThe Language of the Letters$

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945115.001.0001

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(p.246) Appendix 2 Letters (Sent and Received) Referred to by Jane Austen

(p.246) Appendix 2 Letters (Sent and Received) Referred to by Jane Austen

Source:
In Search of Jane Austen
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

In order to identify any letters Jane Austen may have written or received other than those included in Le Faye’s collection of her correspondence, I searched the text of the letters that have come down to us for references to such letters, using the following search terms: answer, answered, heard, letter, line, (a few) lines, message, mine, my last, note, parcel, receipt, reply, scrap, sent, written, wrote, yours (see §2.2). This resulted in the following lists of unattested out-letters and in-letters. For the identification of the addressees or writers mentioned, see Appendix 4.

Unattested out-letters (72)

Letter

Addressee(s)

Date

Comment

2

Cassandra

before 14 January 1796

I sent you a letter yesterday to Ibthorp

4

Charles

before 1 September 1796

to deceive us into writing two letters to him at Cork!

6

Cassandra

before 15 September 1796

I beleive I mentioned told you in a former Letter: not in the collection

6

Mary Lloyd

before 15–16 September 1796

I sent a message to Mr. Digweed from Edward, in a letter to Mary Lloyd

6

Miss Pearson

before 15–16 September 1796

I wrote to Miss P — on friday

7

Miss Pearson

18 September 1796

I have written to her again today

10

Cassandra?

before 27 October 1798

Soon after I had finished my letter from Staines

11

Cassandra

27 October–17 November 1798

my last letter

12

Mrs Birch

before 25 November 1798

I have written to Mrs Birch among my other writings

12

Mrs E. Leigh

before 25 November 1798

I have written to Mrs E. Leigh too

13

Frank

1 September 1798

was in one from me of September 1, which I sent soon after we got to Godmersham

15

Charles

before 24 December 1798

I have sent the same extract of the sweets of Gambier to Charles

18

Cassandra

before 21 January 1799

more worthy your acceptance than my last

19

Mary

17 May 1799

I put Mary’s letter into the Post office at Andover with my own hand

22

Miss Pearson

Miss Pearson

before 19 April 1799

c. 16 June 1799

I wrote to her above two months ago

I thought myself obliged to write again two or three days ago

29

Cassandra

before 3 January 1801

As you have by this time received my last letter

34

Charles

before 11 February 1801

He received my letter, communicating our plans, before he left England

38

Cassandra

23 May 1801

My adventures since I wrote to you three days ago

38

Charles

26 May 1801

I have sent Charles a short letter by this day’s post

38

Charles

27 May 1801

I shall probably write again by this post to thank & reproach him

39

Cassandra

before 14 September 1804

You found my letter at Andover I hope yesterday

39

Buller

c. 14 September 1804

I have written to Buller

39

Mr Pyne

c. 14 September 1804

I have written to Mr. Pyne

43

Cassandra

before 8 April 1805

Nonsense I have been writing in this & in my last letter

43

Charles

Henry

11 April 1805

11 April 1805

letters to Charles & Henry

44

Frank

before 21 April 1805

I have sent word of it to the Mediterranean in a letter to Frank

45

Frank

before 24 August 1805

I have encouraged him in it, in the letter which ought to have been an answer to his

46

Lady F.

Miss Hatton

27 August 1805

27 August 1805

With a civil note to be fabricated to Lady F., and an answer written to Miss H.

49

Miss Irvine

before 7 January 1807

I have answered her letter

49

Miss Buller

before 7 January 1807

I answered Miss Buller’s letter by return of post

49

Charles

before 7 January 1807

I have also written to Charles

49

Cassandra

before 7 January 1807

as I intended to tell you in my last

50

Cassandra

before 8 February 1807

after the conclusion of my last

50

The Fowles

before 8 February 1807

I then sent them four pair of small Soals, & should be glad to be certain of their arriving in good time, but I have heard nothing about them since, & had rather hear nothing than Evil

52

Henry

before 15 June 1808

I send your thanks to Eliza by this post in a letter to Henry

53

Mrs Knight

before 20 June 1808

I sent my answer by them to Mrs. Knight, my double acceptance of her note & her invitation

54

Anna

26 June 1808

I had intended to keep my Letter for another day, but recollecting that I must keep it two, I have resolved rather to finish & send it now

55

Frank

before 30 June 1808

he wd. be somewhere else when my Letter got there

56

Cassandra

29 October 1808

& a letter which I sent her on wednesday

59

Edward Cooper

before 15 October 1808

— I have written to Edwd. Cooper

59

Alethea Bigg

before 15 October 1808

yesterday I wrote to Alethea Bigg, in reply to a Letter from her

62

Cassandra

before 9 December 1808

Soon after I had closed my last letter to you

64

Cassandra

before 10 January 1809

that you did not find my last Letter very full of Matter

66

Henry

September 1809

My September letter

70

Mrs Hill

before 20 April 1811

I wrote to Mrs. Hill a few days ago, & have received a most kind & satisfactory answer

72

Cassandra

before 29 May 1811

I had sent off my Letter yesterday before Yours came

74

Mrs Knight

c. 31 May 1811

& have written to Mrs. Knight

75

Frank

c. 6 June 1811

I have also sent our invitation to Cowes

75

Martha

c. 6 June 1811

I have written to her to say that

79

Cassandra

before 29 January 1813

I hope you received my little parcel by J. Bond on Wednesday eveng, my dear Cassandra, & that you will be ready to hear from me again on Sunday

79

Henry

before 29 January 1813

I wrote to him immediately to beg for my two other Sets

80

Henry

before 4 February 1813

mine had been forwarded to him

85

Mrs Hill

before 24 May 1813

I have taken your gentle hint & written to Mrs. Hill

87

Martha

c. 15 September 1813

Martha’s Letter is gone to the Post

88

Charles

15 September 1813

I wrote to Charles yesterday

90

Frank

before 11 September 1813

my Letter was a scratch of a note compared with yours

91

Cassandra

before 11 October 1813

— As I wrote of my nephews with a little bitterness in my last

93

Cassandra

19 October 1813

but forgot it when I wrote on Tuesday

96

Cassandra

before 6 November 1813

Since I wrote last

99

Mrs Hill

before 9 March 1814

I have written to Mrs. Hill

109

Henry

before 18 November 1814

I have written him my Will & pleasure

122

Edward

?19 October 1815

I wrote to Edwd. yesterday

123

Scarlets

25 October 1815

by the preparatory Letter which I felt obliged to send last wednesday

123

Aunt Leigh-Perrot Scarlets

27 October 1815

by the receipt of my friday’s Letter

123

Mrs Cooke

3 November 1815

that I have written to Mrs. Cooke

144

Henry

c. 4 September 1816

I have written to him to say that

142

James-Edward

before 9 July 1816

You have never thanked me for my last Letter, which went by the Cheese

145

Charles

before 8 September 1816

I have answered him & said

159

Anne Sharp

before 22 May 1817

for inspite of my hopes & promises when I wrote to you I have since been very ill indeed

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(p.250) Unattested in-letters (183)

Letter

Sender(s)

Date

Comment

1

Cassandra

before 9 January 1796

the nice long letter which I have this moment received from you

2

Cassandra and Mary

before 14 January 1796

I have just received yours & Mary’s letter

2

Tom

8 February 1796

The last letter that I received from him was dated on friday the 8th

4

Cassandra

before 1 September 1796

The letter which I have this moment received from you

6

Cassandra

Henry

before 16 September 1796

before 16 September 1796

Your Letter & one from Henry are just come

10

Cassandra

before 27 October 1798

Your letter was a most agreable surprize to me to day

10

Mrs Cooke

before 27 October 1798

Your letter was chaperoned here by one from Mrs. Cooke

10

Aunt Leigh-Perrot

Cassandra

before 27 October 1798

before 27 October 1798

I have rec:d my Aunt’s letter, & thank you for your Scrap

11

James

16 or 17 November 1798

I have just received a note from James to say that Mary was brought to bed last night

12

Mrs Heathcote

before 25 November 1798

to send me a letter of enquiry

13

Frank

before 1 December 1798

I have just heard from Frank

13

Mrs Martin

before 1 December 1798

I have received a very civil note from Mrs. Martin

14

Cassandra

before 18 December 1798

Your letter came quite as soon as I expected

14

Martha Lloyd

Frank

before 18 December 1798

12 November 1798

I have just heard from Martha, & Frank — his letter was written on the 12th Nov:r

15

Cassandra

before 25 December 1798

I thank you for your long letter

15

Martha

before 25 December 1798

I am rejoiced to learn from Martha that they certainly continue at Ibthrop, & I have just heard that I am sure of meeting Martha at the Christening

16

Mrs Lefroy

before 28 December 1798

Mrs. Lefroy has just sent me word

18

Charles

before 21 January 1799

I have just heard from Charles

20

Cassandra

Mary

before 2 June 1799

before 2 June 1799

I am obliged to you for two letters, one from Yourself & the other from Mary

20

Charles

before 31 May 1799

I heard from Charles last week

21

Cassandra

before 11 June 1799

Your letter yesterday

22

Miss Pearson

before 19 June 1799

it has brought me a letter from Miss Pearson

22

Miss Pearson

before 19 June 1799

has produced an apology for her silence

24

Charles

before 1 November 1800

I have heard from Charles

24

Cassandra

before 1 November 1800

Your letter is come

24

Mrs Bramston

before 1 November 1800

shortly afterwards a very civil note of invitation for me came from Mrs. Bramston

25

Buller

before 8 November 1800

I have had a most affectionate letter from Buller

26

Mary?

before 12 November 1800

This morning’s letter

26

Martha

before 12 November 1800

I did not receive your note yesterday till after Charlotte had left Deane

26

Catherine

before 12 November 1800

a note from Catherine this morning

26

Charles

before 12 November 1800

from whom I have just had a letter

27

Cassandra

before 20 November 1800

Your letter took me quite by surprise this morning

27

Miss Harwood

before 20 November 1800

Miss Harwood . . . writes very kind letters

30

Cassandra

before 6 January 1801

I received yours with much general Philanthropy & still more peculiar good will two days ago

30

Mrs Cooke

before 8 January 1801

— I have had a letter to day from Mrs. Cooke

32

Cassandra

before 21 January 1801

I have a great mind not to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, which I have just had the pleasure of reading

32

Edward

Edward

before 21 January 1801

before 21 January 1801

I have heard twice from Edward on the occasion, & his letters have each been exactly what they ought to be

34

Charles

7 February 1801, received 11 February

for the arrival of a letter from Charles to myself

36

Frank

before 12 May 1801

I have heard from Frank

36

Cassandra

before 12 May 1801

I thank you for your Sunday’s letter

37

Cassandra

before 21 May 1801

answer the enquiries in your last letter

37

Frank

before 21 May 1801

I have just heard from Frank

38

Cassandra

before 26 May 1801

your letter from Kintbury

38

Mr Evelyn

before 26 May 1801

for which I was prepared by a note from Mr. E. soon after breakfast

38

Cassandra

Charles

before 27 May 1801

before 27 May 1801

On my return I found your letter & a letter from Charles on the table

39

Cassandra

before 14 September 1804

to thank you for your letter from Weymouth

43

Cassandra

before 8 April 1805

I received your letter last night

43

Henry

before 8 April 1805

I wrote to Henry because I had a letter from him

44

Cassandra

before 20 April 1805

I am much obliged to you for writing to me again so soon; your letter yesterday

45

Frank

16 August 1805

I have received a letter from Frank

46

Captain Woodford

Lady Forbes

before 27 August 1805

before 27 August 1805

another letter in her hand, in great perplexity. It was from Captain Woodford, containing a message from Lady Forbes, which he had intended to deliver in person, but had been prevented from doing

47

Cassandra

before 24 July 1805

I had almost forgot to thank you of your letter

49

Cassandra

before 6 January 1807

I had no idea of hearing from you before Tuesday, and my pleasure yesterday

49

Miss Irvine

before 7 January 1807

A few days ago I had a letter from Miss Irvine

49

Miss Buller

before 7 January 1807

Miss Buller’s letter

49

Martha

before 7 January 1807

We have had no accounts of Kintbury since her letter to me

50

Martha

before 8 February 1807

I heard from Martha yesterday

50

Cassandra

before 8 February 1807

the receipt of yours this morng

51

Cassandra

before 20 February 1807

I have received your letter

51

my Aunt

before 20 February 1807

it came in my Aunt’s letter

51

Martha

before 20 February 1807

This post has brought me Martha’s own assurance of her coming on tuesday eveng.

52

Cassandra

before 20 June 1808

I have received your letter

53

Mrs Knight

before 20 June 1808

a letter from Mrs. Knight

53

Cassandra

before 20 June 1808

now to my agreable surprise I have to acknowledge another Letter from you

53

Henry

before 20 June 1808

in a letter from Henry

55

Cassandra

before 30 June 1808

this day’s Letter

55

Frank

before 30 June 1808

This post has brought me a few lines from the amiable Frank

55

Miss Sharpe

before 30 June 1808

I have heard today from Miss Sharpe

56

Cassandra

before 1 October 1808

Your letter this morning

57

Cassandra

before 7 October 1808

Your letter on Tuesday

57

Henry

before 7 October 1808

On wednesday I had a letter from Yarmouth

57

Cassandra

before 7 October 1808

Thank you for your Letter, which found me at the Breakfast-Table

58

Cassandra

before 13 October 1808

I have received your Letter

59

Mary Lloyd

before 15 October 1808

Mary wrote to ask whether my Mother wished to have her Grandsons sent to her

59

Alethea Bigg

before 15 October 1808

yesterday I wrote to Alethea Bigg, in reply to a Letter from her

60

Martha

before 24 October 1808

A very kind and feeling letter is arrived today from Kintbury

61

Cassandra

before 20 November 1808

Your letter my dear Cassandra, obliges me to write immediately

62

Cassandra and William Deedes

before 9 December 1808

Many thanks my dear Cassandra, to you & Mr. Deedes, for your joint & agreable composition

62

Mary

before 9 December 1808

Mary sent us the other day an extract from my Aunt’s letter on the subject

63

Cassandra

before 27 December 1808

I was very glad of your letter this morning

64

Cassandra

Mr Cooke

before 10 January 1809

before 10 January 1809

This post brought me two interesting Letters, Yours, & one from Bookham

64

Mr Cooke

before 10 January 1809

in answer to an enquiry of mine about your good Godmother

64

Aunt and Uncle Leigh-Perrot

before 10 January 1809

The Letter from Paragon

66

Charles

before 24 January 1809

I had the happiness yesterday of a letter from Charles

66

Mary Cooke

before 24 January 1809

I had this pleasant news in a letter from Bookham last Thursday, but as the letter was from Mary instead of her Mother

66

Frank

before 24 January 1809

— I had a nice, brotherly letter from Frank the other day

67

Cassandra

before 30 January 1809

I was not much surprised yesterday by the agreable surprise of your letter

67

George Cooke

before 30 January 1809

I had a letter last week from George

70

Cassandra

before 20 April 1811

& I have the pleasure of your letter

70

Mrs Hill

before 20 April 1811

I wrote to Mrs. Hill . . . & have received a most kind & satisfactory answer

71

Cassandra

before 25 April 1811

by thanking you for the unexpected pleasure of your Letter yesterday

71

Eliza Curling

before 25 April 1811

The Miss Curlings must be hard-worked in writing so many Letters, but the novelty of it may recommend it to them; — Mine was from Miss Eliza

72

Cassandra

before 29 May 1811

I had sent off my Letter yesterday before Yours came

72

Fanny

before 29 May 1811

Fanny’s former message

73

Frank

before 29 May 1811

I have had a medley & satisfactory Letter this morng. from the Husband & Wife at Cowes

74

Cassandra

before 31 May 1811

Your Letter came to comfort me for it

74

Anna

before 31 May 1811

& will answer her letter

75

Frank

before 6 June 1811

I had a few lines from Henry on Tuesday

75

Harriot

before 6 June 1811

who has written me charming things of your looks

77

Cassandra

before 29 November 1812

I shall take care not to count the lines of your last Letter

77

Mary Jane

before 29 November 1812

Mary Jane, from whom I heard the other day

78

Cassandra

before 24 January 1813

I have had the pleasure of reading a very comfortable Letter

78

Mrs Leigh

before 24 January 1813

Mrs Leigh’s Letter came this morng.

78

Mrs Clement

before 24 January 1813

In consequence of a civil note that morng. from Mrs Clement

79

Cassandra

before 29 January 1813

Your parcel is safely arrived & everything shall be delivered as it ought. Thank you for your note

79

Henry

before 29 January 1813

with three lines from Henry to say that he had given another to Charles

80

Cassandra

before 4 February 1813

Your letter was truely welcome

80

Henry

31 January 1813

I had a letter from Henry yesterday, written on Sunday from Oxford

81

Cassandra

31 January 1813

This will be a quick return for yours, my dear Cassandra

81

my Aunt

Charles

before 9 February 1813

before 9 February 1813

— I have had Letters from my Aunt & from Charles within these few days

81

Fanny

before 9 February 1813

that Sackree was worse again when Fanny wrote

82

Cassandra

before 16 February 1813

Your long Letter was valued as it ought

82

Frank

before 16 February 1813

— I have a Letter from Frank

85

Cassandra

before 24 May 1813

Your Letter came just in time

85

Fanny

before 24 May 1813

I am very much obliged to Fanny for her Letter

87

Martha

before 15 September 1813

My Letter was from Miss Sharpe

87

Fanny Cage

before 15 September 1813

A letter from Fanny Cage this morning

87

Edward

before 15 September 1813

I have this moment received £5 from kind, beautiful Edward

88

Edward Junior

before 16 September 1813

The Letter you forwarded from Edwd. Junr. has been duly received

89

Mrs Cooke

before 23 September 1813

A Letter from Mrs. Cooke

89

Mary Pearson

before 23 September 1813

Mary P. wrote on Sunday

90

Frank

before 11 September 1813

The 11th of this month brought me your letter & I assure you I thought it very well worth its 2s/3d.

91

Anna

before 11 October 1813

We were quite surprised by a Letter from Anna at Tollard Royal last Saturday

91

Edward

before 11 October 1813

You will have Edward’s Letter tomorrow

91

Cassandra

before 11 October 1813

Such a long Letter! — Two & forty Lines in the 2d Page

92

Charles

before 14 October 1813

a Letter from Charles this very morng.

93

Cassandra

before 21 October 1813

Thank you for yours just received

94

Cassandra

23 October 1813

Your Saturday’s Letter however was quite as long & as particular as I could expect

95

Cassandra

before 3 November 1813

— I had but just time to enjoy your Letter yesterday

95

Mother

before 3 November 1813

I have had a very comfortable Letter from her

96

Mary

before 5 November 1813

I had a Letter from Mary Yesterday

96

Charles

before 5 November 1813

— I have a nice long Black & red letter from Charles

96

Cassandra

Mother

before 5 November 1813

before 5 November 1813

Excellent sweetness of you to send me such a nice long Letter; — it made its ap-pearance, with one from my Mother, soon after I & my impatient feelings walked in

98

Cassandra

before 5 March 1814

I acknowledge the receipt of your Letter last night

98

Cassandra

before 5 March 1814

I have torn it open & read your note

98

Miss H. Moore

before 5 March 1814

A civil note is come from Miss H. Moore

101

Mrs Cooke

before 14 June 1814

The only Letter to day is from Mrs. Cooke to me

102

Cassandra

before 23 June 1814

I received your pretty Letter

102

Frank

before 23 June 1814

I heard yesterday from Frank

102

Miss Sharpe

before 23 June 1814

This Post has brought me a Letter from Miss Sharpe

109

Fanny

before 18 November 1814

I read yours through the very eveng I received it —

114

Fanny

before 30 November 1814

am very much obliged to you my dear Fanny for your letter

114

Anna

before 29 November 1814

I received a very kind note from her yesterday

121

Cassandra

Cassandra

before 17 October 1815

before 17 October 1815

Thank you for your two Letters

121

Mr Murray

before 17 October 1815

Mr. Murray’s Letter is come

122

Edward

before 20 October 1815

The post has this moment brought me a letter from Edward

122

Mary

before 20 October 1815

The two Miss Gibsons called here on Sunday, & brought a Letter from Mary

123

Aunt Leigh-Perrot

before 30 October 1815

that I have heard from Scarlets today

127

Roworth

before 24 November 1815

I received three sheets, & an apology from R

127

Mr Murray

before 24 November 1815

a most civil one in reply from Mr. M

127

Mr Fowle

before 24 November 1815

This day has brought a most friendly Letter from Mr. Fowle

129

Cassandra

before 2 December 1815

a few lines on wednesday morng. from Henry himself

129

Cassandra

before 2 December 1815

thank you very much for your long Letter; it did me a great deal of good

137

Caroline

before 13 March 1816

your agreable little Letter

137

James-Edward

before 13 March 1816

I had a very nice Letter from your Brother not long ago, & I am quite happy to see how much his Hand is improving

138

James Stanier Clarke

before 1 April 1816

I have also to acknowledge a former Letter, forwarded to me from Hans Place

140

Scarlets

before 21 April 1816

I have had a letter from Scarlets this morning

142

James-Edward

before 9 July 1816

Many Thanks. A thank for every Line, & as many to Mr. W. Digweed for coming

144

Cassandra

Henry

Fanny

before 4 September 1816

before 4 September 1816

before 4 September 1816

Henry wrote to me by the same post, & so did Fanny — I had therefore 3 Letters at once which I thought well worth paying for! Yours was a treasure

145

Cassandra

before 8 September 1816

I have borne the arrival of your Letter today extremely well

145

Mrs Perigord

before 8 September 1816

I have a letter from Mrs. Perigord

145

Miss Sharp

before 8 September 1816

I have also a letter from Miss Sharp

149

Caroline

Caroline

before 23 January 1817

before 23 January 1817

two or three Notes to thank you for

151

Fanny

before 20 February 1817

Such Letters, such entertaining Letters as you have lately sent!

153

Harriot

before 13 March 1817

I have also heard lately from your Aunt Harriot

153

Fanny

before 13 March 1817

As to making any adequate return for such a Letter as yours my dearest Fanny, it is absolutely impossible

154

Caroline

before 14 March 1817

You will receive a message from me Tomorrow; & today you will receive the parcel itself

155

Fanny

before 23 March 1817

I am very much obliged to you my dearest Fanny for sending me Mr. Wildman’s conversation

157

Charles

before 6 April 1817

Many thanks for your affectionate Letter. I was in your debt before, but I have really been too unwell the last fortnight to write anything that was not absolutely necessary

159

Anne Sharp

before 22 May 1817

Your kind Letter my dearest Anne found me in bed

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