December 31 1815: Praise for Emma

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On December 31 1815, Jane Austen responds to the letter from Lady Morley praising her novel “Emma”.

MADAM, — Accept my thanks for the honour of your note, and for your kind disposition in favour of “Emma.” In my present state of doubt as to her reception in the world, it is particularly gratifying to me to receive so early an assurance of your Ladyship’s approbation. It encourages me to depend on the same share of general good opinion which “Emma’s” predecessors have experienced and to believe that I have not yet, as almost every writer of fancy does sooner or later, overwritten myself.
I am, Madam

Your obliged and faithful servt.
J. AUSTEN.

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