Jane Austen wrote the letter from Steventon to her sister Cassandra who was staying with their elder brother, Edward Austen Knight, at Godmersham Park in Kent, October 27-28, 1798. It offers an insight into Austen's social circle, domestic life, and the realities of travel in the late 18th century, all written with Austen's lively, and frequently biting, wit.
The letter came to Cheffins Auctioneers from the estate of a Cambridge resident who had acquired it in 2000. It is one of only approximately 160 letters to survive and is one of the earliest in existence. The letter is part of a new exhibition, My dear Cassandra..., exploring Jane's special relationship with her sister.