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Thaw Conservation Center

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Jane Austen (1775–1817)
Autograph letter signed, dated Godmersham, 20–22 June 1808 to Cassandra Austen (detail)
Purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1920; MA 977.16

Jane Austen's Writing: A Technical Perspective

Read more: Intro | Pens and Ink | Papers | Watermarks | Glossary

While it is conjectured that Jane Austen wrote over 3,000 letters, only 160 have survived. Of these, the Morgan owns fifty-one—more than any other institution in the world. After examining this extensive resource, the conservators of the Morgan's Thaw Conservation Center were able to make several general observations regarding the materials used to produce handwritten manuscripts and letters in early nineteenth-century England.

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