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Jane Austen's Will, 27 April 1817 Jane Austen was at home at Chawton, in Hampshire, when she wrote this will, but it was not witnessed.

So that it could be authenticated, two friends (John Groves Palmer and Harriet Ebel Palmer) swore an affidavit that they had known her for some years and were well acquainted with her handwriting.

Jane left everything to her sister Cassandra Elizabeth Austen, subject to payment of the funeral expenses, and two legacies. The will, made on 27 April 1817, was proved in London on 10 September 1817, at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Jane having died in July. Her total assets were valued at 800.

Jane Austen was one of this country's greatest novelists. Her works achieved widespread acclaim during her lifetime and have been popular ever since. They have recently enjoyed popular acclaim with film and television productions such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma.

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