My gift to Jane Austen…
Here in Australia it is already Jane Austen’s birthday… it is meet that she is celebrated through all the time zones of the world and that we give her the respect and affection she so rightly deserves. To Jane…
My dearest Jane,
I hope this letter finds you happy and well on your birthday and that Aunt Austen is recouped. I had occasion to speak with Mrs.Lefroy in the Tearooms in Bath and she informed me that Aunt is once again sitting downstairs and receiving and I confess to being vastly relieved.
I am sending you a gift which I hope you have opened from its wrapping by now. I did give instruction that it was intended you open the package first and the letter second, thus you must forgive me issuing orders on your special day.
As you can see I am giving you a journal and delicious paper for your writing. You are now a success, Cousin, and your writing deserves to be written on the best paper available.
I found this on my recent visit to Florence. It was in the most elegant shop, a place called, logically I thought, Il Papiro. The journal is beautifully marbled is it not? I chose the colours with you in mind, colours of the sky in East Hampshire on a fine summer’s day. So fascinating watching the marbling take place, my dear. It is like alchemy and the binders are magicians manipulating paper and leather. It is my belief that this journal will provide the pages for your greatest novel yet.
I cannot wait to see yourself and Cassandra to tell of a charming young woman I met in Florence. I quite literally bumped into her in the Boboli Gardens and nearly tipped her into a pond. You would have laughed as all the handsome young men dashed up to save her from a dunking. Her name was Emma, a pretty young thing on the arm of her father, and she seemed set on matchmaking everyone she met. There is so much more to tell and I know you both shall enjoy it. Indeed I have this strange feeling that as you read this, an idea may already have seeded itself in your clever mind.
The paper sheets are for you to write to people like me, your loving cousin, or to your publisher. Run your hand over the surface. Do you not agree it feels like the kind of silk we would use for our ballgowns?
I hope our chaise can deliver us safely to Chawton for dinner this evening and look forward to giving you birthday greetings in person.
I remain your loving cousin,
Will offer a free Kindle copy of Anna Elliott’s Georgiana Darcy’s Diary http://amzn.to/usYnbc as a gift for this amazing celebration. Leave your email address in the comment section.
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What a celebration! Such a beautiful gift – I used to keep diaries – so an empty notebook always felt loaded with promises of things to come 🙂 can you tell I’m a romantic at heart ?
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One of my favourite things too, Fanny. Thanks for coming to the soiree. Do say hi to everyone else!
What a wonderful gift!
Happy Birthday Jane!
Hallo Becky… thank you for visiting. Your name will be placed in the random selector!
What a lovely gift and letter! Ha! Going to Italy and meeting a girl named Emma who was matchmaking and does this give her an idea for a story. Does it ever! Good job to point her in the right direction.
Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
pleasure Sophia and thank you so much for coming to the soiree. I hope you’re successful with the giveaway!
Wonderful letter! Perfect gift from Italy! I loved the clarity and the charm of your gift in writing to Miss Austen.
Thank you for this very special giveaway.
Dear Miss Austen,
Happy Birthday! Today your dedicated followers and authors, inspired by your works, have prepared so many gorgeous presents for you! It shows just how much you are loved and respected even in present days, so different from your time. And the most delightful thing is that although it’s your birthday, your followers and authors have prepared such wonderful gifts for us, your fans, as well:) Thank you, Miss Austen for writing your great books each of which has been inspiring the creation of new worlds! Thank you, Prue Batten for your kind giveaway!
The perfect gift for an author of refined discernment, — just like yourself, Miss Prudence.
I know a small emporium in the distant city of New York that sells just such delightful items, where I have spent many a happy hour. All that beautiful paper, just waiting to be filled.
I would love to win a copy of “Georgiana Darcy’s Diary”
I think I would want to give her writing paper and a nice walk in a garden. I think she would get a lot of use out of the paper, and we would get another novel, and she is said to love nature and walks.
Happy Jane’s Birthday! I love her writing and I love my Kindle! Would adore to be chosen for this drawing!
Happy Birthday Jane!!!
Pride and Prejudice was one of the first adult books I ever read (at the age of nine.) I loved it then, and have gone on loving it. In my teens I preferred Persuasion, and now really like Mansfield Park. I expect this says something about my development.
My own Belfast Girls, and Danger Danger, have, I like to think, a touch of Austen about the characters. John Branagh has been described as ‘a modern Mr Darcy with an Irish accent.’
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oooh i just LOVE Jane Austen, and todey are my name-day!! <33
Super gift choice! Jane will love it!
Happy Birthday Miss Austen. Thank you for so many hours of enjoyment through your books (and some of those movie adaptations as well!).
Your gift sounds absolutely lovely! Actually, I should refer my “Santas” to your letter as hints for me, hehe! 🙂
Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!!
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Happy Birthday Jane!!!!!
What a great way to celebrate Jane’s birthday, by writing letters. I’ve been a devoted fan ever since I saw Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility. I’ve read all the books a couple of times since then. Thanks.
What a wonderful, lovely letter!
Happy birthday, Jane Austen :).
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
Happy birthday Jane Austen. Thanks for the great post and giveaway!
What a lovely letter and gift for our dear Jane! Thanks for the giveaway!!
It is such a delight to visit the blogs of so many other Austen admirers. Thank you for participating in this soiree.
What a lovely gift and letter you gave to dear Jane!
I would love to win Georgiana Darcy’s Diary!
I didn’t know you had such an illustrious cousin, Prudence! And guess what?
I love her, she’s brilliant, a genius of irony.
I have no kindle reader so … no Georgiana Darcy’s diary for me 🙁
However, I must thank you heartily. I’m very happy you’ve joined our party and contributed to its success 🙂
What a great letter, I particularly love the bit about Emma. I always have some kind of notebook or journal for scribbles and drabbles, since I was 10 years old. Thanks for the giveaway of Georgiana’s Diary. I’ve read an excerpt but would love to read the whole thing.
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What a lovely letter and a lovely giveaway to go with it! Happy Happy Birthday Dear Jane!
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Deeply grateful for the gifts you leave for all of us, I wish you the happiest of birthdays in a heaven surrounded by friends. Happy Birthday Miss Austen and congratulations to all who celebrate it like a dear friend’s birthday.
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What a lovely and thoughtful gift to Jane:) I’d love to read Georgiana’s diary:)
Wonderful choice thank you for the giveaway!
Still catching up on the Soiree, there are so many great posts. Thank you for participating, Mesmered! No need to enter me in the giveaway. 🙂
Katherine, it was a great pleasure to be a part of it… I look forward to finding out who won my giveaway when I activate the Random Selector this evening my time!