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Conspiracy theory

“The whole World is in a conspiracy to enrich one part of our family at the expence of another.”

letter to Cassandra
May 21, 1801 [37]

Jane was upset that her father’s extensive library had only been valued at 70 pounds.  Her brother James and his wife Mary had taken over the Steventon rectory (along with the living) when her father retired to Bath, and ended up with many of the family things.

The rectory no longer exists, but here is a picture of St. Nicholas in Steventon.

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A dangerous thing

More today from James:

“Of all chymical mixtures, ink is the most dangerous.”

James Austen
The Loiterer, number 1
Saturday, January 31, 1789

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