And here is the letter. I found a huge collection of ALL of Jane Austen’s novels in a used bookstore, and there left the letter for Anne.

jane letter
For those having trouble with the cursive font, here is the content:

Miss Anne Elliot
Kellynch Hall
Somersetshire

My Dear Miss Elliot,

Would that you might gaze into the distant future and know, from one who entered this world some one hundred and seventy years after your birth that the years of loss and waiting which you have recently endured shall soon come to a most felicitous end. A new dawn is breaking for you.

As one who has also waited, I empathize with your sentiments and take heart from your strength and quiet determination.

With greatest sympathy from a confederate sister in the year 2013

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