Jane Austen et al. in Chilham Castle - early November, 1813
We met only the Bretons at Chilham Castle, besides a Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and a Miss Lee staying in the house, and were only fourteen altogether. My brother and Fanny thought it the pleasantest party they had ever known there, and I was very well entertained by bits and scraps.…
By the by, as I must leave off being young, I find many douceurs in being a sort of chaperon, for I am put on the sofa near the fire, and can drink as much wine as I like. We had music in the evening: Fanny and Miss Wildman played, and Mr. James Wildman sat close by and listened, or pretended to listen.
Jane Austen, Letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra, 6 Nov. 1813. In Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (ed.), The Letters of Jane Austen: Selected from the Compilation of Her Great Nephew, Edward, Lord Bradbourne (Boston, 1908), p. 238-239. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1375449689 accessed: 23 November, 2017
Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:45:08 +0000