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A Fundraising Evening with Jane Austen’s London Letter

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Maggs Bros. Ltd. Rare Books and Manuscripts

48 Bedford Square

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WC1B 3DR

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Join us for a very special fundraising evening with one of Jane Austen’s lost letters. This unique event will offer guests the chance to view a rare page of a letter written by Jane Austen and to hear its story from acclaimed Austen scholar Professor Kathryn Sutherland.

This event is part of a campaign by Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hamsphire to acquire this important manuscript and to bring it home to the Museum for the public to enjoy. If the Museum is unsuccessful, the letter could be lost to private hands.

In buying a ticket to this event, you are donating to Jane Austen’s House Museum’s appeal for urgent public donations to save this priceless Austen artefact. Every ticket purchase takes the Museum closer to bringing this irreplaceable letter home.




The evening will be informal and sociable, with plenty of time to mingle with other devotees of our favourite author over drinks, and to enjoy the surroundings of Maggs Bros’ beautiful townhouse on Bedford Square (formerly Bedford College, where George Eliot studied maths and Charles Dickens’ daughter Katey attended drawing lessons).

The letter in question was written by Jane on 29 November 1814, during a visit to London, where she was staying at her brother Henry’s home. Addressed to Anna Austen, her much loved Hampshire niece, the letter mentions Jane’s Hampshire home (now the Museum) and includes interesting glimpses into family detail and social history. A comment about family connections – ‘I like first Cousin to be first Cousins, & interested about each other. They are but one remove from Br. & Sr.’ – is reminiscent of Mansfield Park, a particularly pleasing connection since Jane was in London to discuss a second edition of Mansfield Park. The letter finishes with a trip to the theatre and a typically Austenian quip: I took two Pocket handkerchiefs, but had very little occasion for either.’




The Museum has so far secured a proportion of the £35,000 purchase price, including funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund Collecting Cultures grant.

With just six weeks left of the campaign, every ticket bought will help bring us closer to rescuing this precious piece of Austen history.

Alternatively, supporters can donate via the Museum’s dedicated Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/campaign/save-austen-letter until 31 July 2019.

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48 Bedford Square

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