A handwritten note by Jane Austen "hidden" for 150 years on the back of a fragment of paper has been revealed. Experts have linked the text on both the front and back to themes in the author's novel Mansfield Park. The fragment was stuck to a letter discovered in a first edition of her memoirs, written by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh. The revealed text is part of a sermon apparently composed by her brother, the Reverend James Austen in 1814. The book and letter, written by Jane Austen's nephew in 1870, had been held in a private collection but was recently bought for an undisclosed sum by the Jane Austen museum in Chawton, Hampshire.
Jane Austen would often visit her brother James (middle) who was James Edward Austen-Leigh's (right) father
Both Jane Austen's father and brother were rectors at the church of St Nicholas in Steventon