Saturday, 22 July 2017

Jane Austen's Letter at Torquay Museum

On Thursday I was determined to go to Torquay Museum and see Jane Austen's letter to her sister Cassandra, which was written in 1799.

The letter is rarely on display so it was a real treat to be able to see it and I haven't had the opportunity to go to Chawton in Hampshire to the house museum to see other items.

There is a reflection on the glass case in the photo above, but this is from the museum's overhead lighting - just to assure you that I did not use the flash which would of course damage this fragile letter.

I checked with the museum that I was allowed to take a photo and also put it on the blog, so here it is folks.

There have been news items which discuss the possibility of this letter being sold. It is true that the museum have considered this to raise funds, but at the moment the letter is still in their possession and I hope they can keep it that way.

The contents of the letter are delightful and fun. If you're a Jane Austen fan you can see her humour coming through just as it does in her writing.

I'm so glad I went to see it as I may never have that chance again, especially if the letter goes to a private collector in the future. As a Jane Austen fan it was a special treat.

Until next time