Letters from Theo

21 March, 1812 to Montgomery Preston

A Dismal little coaching inn, knee-deep in mud and nowhere of note  21 March, 1812 Dear Sir Montgomery, No, no, that will never do. I am sorry, my friend, baronet or no, I cannot call you anything but Monty. My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. Though I know you have expected the …

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22 March to Miss Georgiana Darcy

A Disagreeable Little Inn On the Road to Rosings Dearest Georgie, I hope you feel for me in my hour of need, having been witness to our dear brother kidnapping me and dragging me off to Rosings to be tortured and tormented by Aunt Catherine. You know how she simply adores me. Fortune has truly smiled …

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23rd March to Miss Georgiana Darcy

An over-furnished, over-heated chamber at Rosings Park             23rd March 1812 Dearest Georgie, Do not be alarmed by this letter following on so soon after my last. There is naught amiss – though I remain kidnapped and resigned to my fate. In my haste to send you word of our safe …

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23rd March to Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam

Solitary Confinement The Most Dismal Chamber in Rosings Park 23rd March 1812 Dear Cousin Richard, I must write to you by what means I can, for the candle is guttering and the ink runs dry. Make what you will of this missive, for you know how rationed the supplies are here at Rosings and as …

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24th March to Sir Montgomery Preston

In the wee hours of the night, Rosings Asylum 24th March 1812 Dear Monty, Thank you for your prompt reply. Do you recall my telling you how annoying I used to find my temperate brother, the one who would look down his haughty nose at those of us who might indulge in a third glass …

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24th March to Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam

Rosings Prison, Kent                                       24th March 1812 Dear Cousin Richard, I trust you remain in good health? I should, in all honesty, have berated you in my last, for your absence has much to answer for, not least of …

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24th March to George Wickham

Rosings Park 24th March 1812 Wickham, Is this some sort of jest? No, I will not lend you money, nor will I recommend you for a position. As you say, I can forgive a great deal, but not when it involves deliberately hurting the people I love most. Just because I did not give you …

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26th March to Sir Montgomery Preston

Rosings Dungeon (rattling my chains)                       26th March 1812 Dear Monty, So much has occurred since we last corresponded; I do not know where to begin. I will leave the biggest event to last in order to keep you in a fever of anticipation. The first important …

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26th March, Express to Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam

Rosings Park                                     26th March 1812 Dear Cousin Richard, While you are in town, I have a mission for you should you have time. I would caution it is imperative this be done without Darcy’s knowledge. I would …

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2nd April to Fitzwilliam Darcy

London, 2nd April 1812 William, Pray be so kind as to inform your solicitor that he need no longer trouble himself with sending me an allowance as of Michaelmas of this year, as I will no longer require it. By this means, you may also spare yourself your quarterly inquisition into my finances and commentary …

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2nd April to Miss Georgiana Darcy

In my bachelor quarters sadly lacking for a sister’s presence 2nd April 1812 Dearest Georgiana, Has there been any progress in the matter of our brother’s engagement? I know I can depend upon you to make certain everything proceeds as it ought, and to prevent William from making a fool of himself any more than …

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10th June to Mrs. Reynolds

London, 10th June 1812 Dear Mrs. Reynolds, Hah! I knew you could not rest without a full description of William’s nuptials. I doubt you will ever get a satisfactory account from my brother, since apparently he saw nothing but his bride during the entire event. I never thought to see him so besotted! I will …

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