March 12, 1815
14 Peter St, London
Dear Miss Abbingdon,
You are now under the guardianship of the Duke of Wentworth. I have included his direction with this letter. His son served in my regiment, he will be worthy of the role.
As for Mr. Everard and Mr. Cooper justice has been meted out to them. The proceeds from the auction of their worldly possessions will be returned to your accounts. You may request information from the Duke, he will be forthcoming with information as I have explained your perspicacity is better than most peers of the realm.
You may rest assured that no one will take advantage of you again.
March 31, 1815
Greystone Manor, Lincolnshire
My Lord Duke,
I have had the most astounding communication from Mr. Sinjin Rensalaer indicating you are now to serve in the role of my guardian. He did not inform me of the circumstances surrounding this event other than he served with your son in the wars and that Mr. Everard and Mr. Cooper’s possessions will be auctioned to repay me the money they stole.
I most sincerely thank you and your willingness to step in and perform this duty. I do not know how much of my history Mr. Rensalaer saw fit to relay, he is uncommunicative at best since his return from the peninsula, but has apparently acted as a great friend for which I will always be appreciative. Please write and tell if there is anything of me you wish to know that Mr. Rensalaer neglected to provide.
Anastasia C. Abbingdon
March 31, 1815
Dear Sergeant Rountree,
The captain only provided me with the scantest of information regarding his management of my affairs! I only know that he has somehow contrived to have me under the guardianship of the Duke of Wentworth and that my former trustees have been brought to justice in some way. That is all!
I trust you will provide more details for I suspect you have been involved in it all. I thank you for that. I thank you as well for the great care you take of him. If it were not for you I fear he would be lost not only to me, but the great good he can still do in the world. His efforts of late on my behalf are an example of such.
Write as soon as you are able,
April 21, 1815
35 St. James Pl., London
Dear Miss Abbingdon,
I am writing to invite you to come and stay with our family for the season in London. We look forward to furthering our acquaintance with you and I am more than happy to serve as your patroness in society. It has been five years since my youngest daughter made her come out, and I look forward to having another young lady to sponsor.
The Duke’s travelling carriage will be sent to you and should arrive by the end of the month. Your governess shall of course be travelling with you and she will be welcome to stay with us as well. I am certain you will want to have a familiar face along with you not only while you travel but also while you make your stay with us.
Duchess of Wentworth
April 14, 1815
Dear Miss Abbingdon,
The captain travelled to London to find the men who had embezzled your fortune. He was infuriated by them. They were living well on your money. He was able to force his way into each of their homes. You must understand he happens to have a rough look about him now because of the scars to his face. I kept any servants who were perhaps ready to interfere (there really weren’t any very loyal to these men) from getting in his way as he did his best to convince each man that it would be most beneficial to his health to return your money posthaste.
I saw him smile for the first time since his return to England as he left each man’s residence. It did him a world of good to work on your behalf, Miss Abbingdon. He is a noble man in the truest sense of the word and it is good for him to have a noble cause for which to fight.
We have returned to Witcombe and he has begun to try to strengthen his injured arm. While it will likely never regain its original strength, it has begun to develop more range of movement since our return than it has had in the past few years.
It has been nearly a year since you mentioned a plan to save the captain from himself. Is your plan in motion? While he has made great strides in the past few months as I have just mentioned, he still has many dark days. I monitor the liquor consumption rigorously.
I imagine you will be traveling to London to meet with the Duke of Wentworth. Your news regarding his guardianship of you and your affairs came as a surprise to me. I was not aware of the captain having met with him while we were in the Capitol.
Our correspondence may of necessity be curtailed if you are to live in the Duke’s household. I will do my best to get word to you of the captain’s wellbeing even so.
April 30, 1815
Thank you for the information which you shared in your last letter. It still only sketched in the details for me, however I suppose I must be satisfied.
You are correct that I will be removing to the Duke of Wentworth’s London residence. In fact I will be leaving on the morrow. My governess, Miss Tibbets, travels with me and will be living in the Duke’s household as well as she is like a mother to me and the Duchess was kind enough to allow me to have a familiar face with me. You may direct your letters to her and she will be able to pass them along to me. Do not worry that she will be indiscreet. She knows no one in London, and is as loyal to me as a person could possibly be.
My plan is changing a bit, not in its end result, but moving to London and being presented to society under the aegis of the Duchess of Wentworth were not something I had planned on, I had been planning a much less spectacular introduction to society. I will think on my plan and how to make it work in spite of these changes during the long journey from Lincolnshire to London. I suspect I will have many hours to fill.
I will send letters to you under the guise of Tibby as well, so please be sure to open them right away upon receipt of them.