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George Hardwick III

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    Lord Chichester

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  • Title
    Earl
  • INTERESTS
    The Arts | Gentle Company | Philosophy
  • OCCUPATION
    Lord of estates in Chichester and Dulwich
    Director of The Wilhelmina Boyle Academy of Arts

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  1. George Hardwick III

    Scouting out Temple district

    George's hunch was verified, Hoares activities were outside of The Bars discipline/scrutiny. "Not myself, but a widow friend, whom he seems to have taken an advantage over." He summed the situation with brevity, "I have charged myself with the discrete duty of inquiring into the situation." George drew a breath, taking a moment to think. "But I must not jump to a conclusion, rather I will seek him out myself. Perhaps my concern is over imagining the situation..." "Mr Jeffries, thank you for your time. Timely time at that." George made a smile trying to lighten himself up, "Might I request your card, just in case?" While George still meant to seek Lord Mountjoys help on this subject, it might yet be he'd need the Recorder of London's specific skills (or access to files?)
  2. George Hardwick III

    Scouting out Temple district

    "Recognition that is no doubt well earned." George replied acknowledging the man's rise, no doubt due to the Dukes hand. However unpopular the Catholic Duke was, Youk still had substantial clout. Meanwhile Jefferies revealed himself as a man with finger on the pulse of the temple district. "Oh yes - I thought the name was familiar..." George murmured as the penny dropped, the Hoare family had fingers in many pies, "... though I would associate their name more with commerce than law." And perhaps Desmond Hoare was less suited to the profession he chose, for Jeffries revealed him as unqualified. "Good grief, it is worse than I thought."George put his hands to his lips, the words having spilled out. His eyes darkened and expression was grim as he then asked "would I be correct to assume that in an instance were a man has not been admitted to the bar, The Bar holds no governance over him? Would such a case need then to be pursued why other methods? Ah... but I am sorry, such questioning is far too complex for a chance encounter upon the street. As you can see your words have been most enlightning and I must thank you for your candor." George's mind was awhirl with the revelation, and wondering what it all might mean, and what is best next move would be. He was tempted to beg more of George Jefferies time, but being rude and assuming priority was not the Earls way.
  3. George Hardwick III

    Scouting out Temple district

    To be honest George had no recollection of the man, but his agreeable manner (well turned out apparel included) made it easy to smile and feign a memory. "Jeffereys, I wondered if that was you. But what a collection of assistants you manage, I can only conclude your career is moving very well." George did remember talking to the Duke, and wondered if perhaps George Jeffereys had been there abouts rather than having talked personally. "But yes you have caught me looking for a certain office, so perhaps the solicitor I'm looking for does not yet have two status to have his name on the door. Mr Desmond Hoare, have you heard the name in these parts?" York's man had a pleasantly helpful manner, so that George had a feeling he could trust him. (Which was probably a very important credential for such a vocation.)
  4. George did not have a great knowledge of the temple district, other than knowing it's general locale (adjacent to Westminster) it was not the sort of place he had reason to visit. But he visited it this afternoon, having sent a letter to Lord Mountjoy, he thought to lodge a few enquiries to see if he could find out any details on this man Mister Desmond Hoare. To begin he left his carriage, to take a stroll along the street - noting the grand brass name plaques at doorways, and wondering how best he could make a quiet start. For he did not want to raise any sort of fuss, not at this stage, not until we had professional advice. The further he walkedd, the humbler the signs became. These now must be the offices of the less acclaimed. Which brought him to wonder what Calibre of solicitor Lady Habershams husband would have chosen? From what he'd learnt of him, he was a sound minded if somewhat adventurous man, a tad unconventional even. George wondered if the late Lord Habersham might have chosen his solicitor by some irregular means? Turning around he began an amble back towards his carriage, looking again for some clue.
  5. Good day to you lord Mountjoy I write to you today with the hope that I may gain a part hour of your day at your soonest availability, upon a matter of urgency and requiring utmost discretion, in the hopes that I may assist a lady friend who has fallen pray to some legal villainry. It is my sincere hope that you might help plot a course to see justice. I anxiously await your reply G Hardwick, Earl Chicester
  6. George Hardwick III

    May I have your Blessing? | Edith & George - 12th after Lunch

    George's smile broadened, he fully imagined that she had wanted him to insist. "Marvellous! We shall leave once the season ends, our servants can remain behind some few days to pack up the houses and follow after. Would you prefer to travel by carriage or ocean? Chichester Harbour is a convenient stop just before Portsmouth, and would be a pleasant journey at this time of year. We could stop over at Brighton and take in the Waters a few days on the way, it'll be a great trip." The gentleman embellished imagining any number of places they could visit. He did enjoy her company. "But there is no rush to decide, mullitover and let me know. But for now, dear Edith, have I told you lately what dear dear friend you are to me. I'm so grateful for your very existence, the world would be much greyer place without you." As he spoke those words, spoken truly from the heart, his resolve further strengthened to look after her. "Ah, but what is this?," He pulled the 'missing' glove from his pocket and gave a laugh. "Here it is! Silly me, why you'd be excused for thinking that it's lost was feigned, a mere excuse to talk to you further." His eyes met hers and he grinned "But now let me off be off and properly leave you to your day, I promise not to bother you any further. At least for today" Ooc: thank you for letting me do this little extension to our thread
  7. George Hardwick III

    May I have your Blessing? | Edith & George - 12th after Lunch

    Yes still George was far too liberal with his servants, yet never fired one of them, in fact young Pip had already had 6 final warnings! "It's too selfish I know, but this means the world to me. If we plan everything through letters it shall be painstakingly slow. While if you are there in person, the planning would be transformed into a delight rather than a chore. "What say you come just for a week or two and we can progress from that?" She would not leave, he would come up with excuses she had to stay. But there would still be letter-writing going on, there was any number of people George would want to contact in London city about this dreadful goings-on.
  8. George Hardwick III

    May I have your Blessing? | Edith & George - 12th after Lunch

    For a brief moment George thought that Edith looked at him oddly, so he reassuringly smiled. All the while he wanted nothing more than to protect her! But he could not say anything like that which might falter the glorious dignity she bravely maintained. And then there she was getting excited for him, thinking his show should be even bigger. What a magnificent woman she was. He had thoughts of how his mother was (all that George thought admirable of the female creature was epitomised in the memory of his mother) and here now and Edith too. "Well I have not heard the word directly, but have heard the whisper of a rumour, a suggestion of an indication that I might be favourably received, while any moment now I think I might hear from her, it is near to almost a certainty!" "Yes you are right, does require something larger." Haha this was the opening George had hoped to find. "Have you got any plans for in the recess? Would it be at all possible that you could come and stay at my place and we can work out all of the details in person it shall require great effort, I realise I'm a cad to even think to demand so much time for you! But would you, would you do that, for me?" George would be certain to make sure she was kept in the manner worthy of her! Caroline would not mind surely.
  9. George Hardwick III

    May I have your Blessing? | Edith & George - 12th after Lunch

    "because..." George had to think fast, he would not burden Edith with hosting a fete under her current circumstances, even though the actual cost he was going to fully foot. A single foot servant simply would not cope with it and the butler was already beside himself. And whatever show Edith managed to put on the stress of it all must be agitating. "... Because of the portrait of the queen and babe that I hope to be honored to paint. The exhibition would be the perfect place to unveil such. I wish to delay the exhibition till next season when it will be completed."
  10. George Hardwick III

    May I have your Blessing? | Edith & George - 12th after Lunch

    "Good." he replied, and at the mention of Cook he added, "assure her that I shall settle any overdue accounts, heaven forbid anyone should go cold or hungry." A thought that only made him angrier at this vile Desmond fellow - the lawful approach was too good for the bastard. He gave a nod as Bernard realised his glove was an excuse, pulling one off and stowing it into his pocket he back into the house. It was a strong desire to see Edith - not that he even knew what he wanted to say to her. There he saw her, sitting in her garden, it was a quiet moment she was in, thoughts perhaps a lifetime away. "My Lady," he called through the doorway, and then approached, "I somehow managed to misplace my glove..." George’s eyes were a tad glassy. "It is a fair fortune really, I might spend a moment more with you. And besides..." I want you to come home with me now. “I’ve run into a little hiccup with the Art Exhibition, we may have to reschedule.” At the very least he could remove that concern from her shoulders.
  11. George Hardwick III

    May I have your Blessing? | Edith & George - 12th after Lunch

    It was shocking news while it did explain why Edith had sacked her maid (all of them apparently!), the problem was far greater than just helping her to find replacements. A chill swept George's brow, but he kept composure for poor Bernard’s sake. He would find the man to vent his fury upon in good time. Putting hand upon the loyal servants shoulder he reassured, "You have done the right thing by telling me, Lady Edith needs someone to look out for her, I shall take the due steps necessary to see her finances restored and this Desmond Hoare put behind bars." George drew a breath as his mind whirred, and this time he was he who looked towards the house windows. “Bernard, if you have means can you contact the old staff and have them report to me. I would put them upon a pension until this is resolved and they can return to their rightful employment.” Though that did nothing to allay the distress Edith was currently living under. And he’d unwittingly made it worse, having her host an Art Exhibition. Georges frown deepened, “I think I misplaced a glove, would you see me back inside please.” He replied quietly as an idea formulated in his mind, “and don’t worry I shall not reveal your disclosure.” Frankly he wanted to sweep Edith away to his home, his sanctuary.
  12. George Hardwick III

    May I have your Blessing? | Edith & George - 12th after Lunch

    It was out of the usual, but George was a genial chap and in a fine mood. Thru his mood he was still able to recognise that the nervy butler was worse than his new normal at the moment. George's eyes grew serious as he followed the mans gaze to the windows, then returned, "If there is any matter that concerns a loyal man such as yourself, then I would wish to assist, for you know I am devoted to Lady Habersham." Perhaps he'd find out why Edith had fired her downstairs maid.
  13. George Hardwick III

    May I have your Blessing? | Edith & George - 12th after Lunch

    "Then offer up a prayer to Saint Jude*." he replied then frowned for he'd put such catholic devices aside. "But what was the family name of Sidney's Irish father, I do have some Irish connections I can also call upon that might help." It might be poor odds to find the young man, but George was a gambling man. He lifted his hand at the offer of more tea. "No that is fine, I've a task or two more to attend to, our Artshow is only 2 days away now." He stood, and reached to take her hand with a bow. "I am so pleased to have shared all this with you, you are truly the eye of calm midst the storm of court, the rudder on a ship - and now I am revived, and with paths charted. Au revoir my fair lady." * patron saint of lost causes OOC: thankyou for a fine thread! ❤️
  14. George Hardwick III

    May I have your Blessing? | Edith & George - 12th after Lunch

    "Oh, so sad." he empathised of her daughter. While she had mentioned husband and brother to him, he did not think she'd ever mentioned her before. And hearing of a grandson was new too, a last thread of family, but essentially lost to her too. "I agree Edith, let us be adoptive family henceforth." he reached to gently squeeze her hand. His enquiry had been to check he'd not be standing on anyone’s toes before making that offer. And the idea occurred to him. "As my first action in that role, you must allow me to hire a man to travel to Constantinople and make inquiries after your grandson. I don not imagine we shall find him quickly, it might take years even, but one day we might have a reunion. Until then you shall be spending Christmas with me." Caroline would not object to that, surely.
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