George Hardwick III Posted April 5, 2017 Share Posted April 5, 2017 George found it a natural thing to follow his friend Beverly's advice, for one he did not want to lead Frances on if a future was impossible, and for another he would temper his own hopes to reality. This was the Cavendish family, one of the greatest families of England. A heavily embossed envelope arrived with gilt crusted edges, addressed in an elegant script. It's sealing wax of a cinnamon brown bore Chichester’s seal. With the letter was a bottle of 25yr old scotch, tag attatched read "Compliments of the Season" 29th To Henry Howard Senior Duke Newcastle-upon-tyne Your Grace, I George Chichester, Earl Chichester of West Sussex, had the pleasant fortune of meeting your charming daughter yesterday just passed. Lady Francis was in the Portrait gallery, where she was admiring her ancestors. As a man of the Arts myself, I took pause to appreciate the work with her, and came to discover high regard for her scholarly views and fine intellect, aspects of her nature that I am certain you are most proud of - and worthily so. These are such fine qualities, rare as prized jewels. I shall not escape your attention, as a man of intellect yourself, that as an unmarried man and Earl no less, wish to plot a path for the future. I wish to be honest with you, to say that a hope has risen to my heart, that my duty to might also become my greatest joy. Yet there is only so much a pen may express upon a page. So it is a request a meeting perchance an interview, in which I might put forth the recommendations of my character in person, in which I might petition for permission to call upon your Daughter, with the noblest of intentions. Your Servant G Hardwick III Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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