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Record 11492

Reading Experience:

'We quite run over with Books. She [JA's mother] has got Sir John Carr's Travels in Spain from Miss B. & I am reading a Society-Octavo, an Essay on the Military Police & Institutions of the British Empire, by Capt. Pasley of the Engineers, a book which I protested against at first, but which upon trial I find delightfully written & highly entertaining. I am as much in love with the Author as I ever was with Clarkson or Bucahanan, or even the two Mr Smiths of the city. The first soldier I ever sighed for; but he does write with extraordinary force & spirit.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 24 Jan 1813
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Chawton
county: Hampshire
specific address: Chawton Cottage
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Cassandra Leigh Austen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1739
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: widow of clergyman
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: Jane Austen's mother


Text Being Read:

Author: John Carr
Title: Descriptive Travels in the Southern and Eastern Parts of Spain and the Balearic Isles, in the year 1809
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: first published 1811
Provenance: borrowed (private library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 11492  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jane Austen
  Editor: Deirdre Le Faye
  Title: Jane Austen's Letters
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1995
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 198
  Additional comments: Letter from Jane to Cassandra Austen, Sunday 24 January 1813, from Chawton.

Citation: Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye (ed.), Jane Austen's Letters (Oxford, 1995), p. 198,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:



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