March 2, 1814
I must protest your continuing to delve into the principal of your account. I don’t know if you have another source of income, but even so, you should not devastate your investment account. I am doing my best to salvage things, but without principal I can only do so much. If you are in such need of money, please let me know as I can offer a loan to get you back on your feet. I would not make such an offer to anyone else and there are no expectations arising from it.
I plan to make my journey to London in May. I hope to see you then.
March 15, 1814
14 Peter St., London
Miss Anastasia Abbingdon,
I have been asked to write you by my employer, Captain Sinjin Renselaer to ask that you discontinue your correspondence with him. He feels that continued connection between the two of you could only result in harm to your reputation as you grow closer to your come out and majority. He also asks that you cease your efforts on his behalf in managing his investments.
Srg. Clive Rountree
Sergeant, 7th Hussar Regiment, Ret.
March 22, 1814
Dear Sergeant Rountree,
Thank you for your letter explaining the wishes of Capt. Renselaer. I find I am unable to comply with his request however.
March 22, 1814
Whatever has happened to you? I feel you are being unutterably stupid. How in the world can a connection between the two of us be dangerous to my reputation? I have no reputation and in fact no one knows a thing about who I am. The inquiries I’ve made to sponsors to make my debut in society have gotten nowhere since no one remembers the Abbingdon family even exists. My family tree seems to be a mere stump from which I am the only shoot.
Please forgive me for calling you stupid, but you are definitely acting that way and I will not allow it. I will see you next month.
April 1, 1814
Don’t come to see me.