Introducing the George Wickham Papers — 44 Comments

  1. Ah, that was a joy to read over my breakfast this morning, Catherine!

    It’s going to be fascinating to see life through the eyes of the notorious Mr. W. and especially to see his point of view of events with which we are so familiar. Thanks so much for editong and transcribing these papers.

      • A joy indeed, Anji!!!

        Thanks SO much, Catherine, for taking up the task, it must be daunting indeed, but so fascinating!! Can’t wait to hear what he has to say, and I hope you won’t need so very long to put his papers in order. Is his penmanship anything like Mr Bingley’s 😀 ? Good luck and can’t wait for the next installment!

    • Good day, madam! Thank you for reading my efforts, I do hope to shed some light on past events, with the assistance of my estimable editor.

  2. Excellent. A delight to read with my mid-morning coffee. Ah dear Wickham, as Lydia would say. I do hope there will be more delightful extracts from George Wickham’s papers – please.

  3. “I remember too well that day, the hot summer sun glittering on the waters of the Mediterranean sea, a soft tide lapping my bare, battle-sore feet. My companion that day had not spoken a word in an age, quite unlike her, as any number of Whigs grandees will her attest.”

    Brava, Catherine! You have captured the elusive Mr. Wickham. Dare I wonder what sort of battle led to his battle-sore feet? Somehow I doubt it was the sort to involving soldiers marching through the muck!

  4. Wow! I love the way Mr. Wickham expresses himself thus far. He certainly demonstrates himself to be a master of Recency charm. Most elegant writing, indeed!

  5. Yes well I still need to be convinced that he is not the scoundrel portrayed in P&P plus most of the variations but I will read on and see if he can change my opinion. Thanks for sharing

    • Mr W’s life was never without incident and he seems content to leave the matter of judgment to the reader, though he is never slow to make his case. If nothing else, however, his papers are a most invaluable and occasionally scandalous record of the time in which he lived.

  6. It appears that he writes as smoothly as he speaks! I must wonder at the illustrious Darcy family’s opinion of George’s memoirs! Looking forward to your findings.

  7. Oh,dear!

    It seems that we have all misjudged George!

    He is not the philandering,saucy,red coated seducer of young ladies,that we heretofore have been led to

    Lies,lies and more lies!
    Yes,,apparently this is what we’ve been fed and like lambs to the slaughter,we have followed where vile innuendo,slander and untruths have led us.

    Pray,do enlighten us and show us the errors of our ways!
    I for one am anxious to atone for maligning such a fine soldier,one of high moral fibre and strong character!

    Loved this post and look forward to reading more of the same in the future,Catherine.

    • I can assure you that Mr Wickham is certainly no saint and his papers (particularly his letters) contain plenty of evidence of that famed rogue that history has remembered him as. He does, however, have his moments of bravery and brilliance, and he never lost his sense of humour, no matter what life threw at him. I do hope you will enjoy meeting Mr Wickham’s grandparents and discovering all that went before, during and after Pemberley!

  8. It is so fortunate for us that we get to see this rare and unfiltered side of Mr. Wickham. Bravo, Dear Catherine, for transcribing such important documents in history for the reference of those who dearly love the Regency–and a laugh!

  9. Dead? Mr. Wickham is dead? Oh, my goodness. I can hardly believe it. When did this happen? I spoke with him just this morning. Oh, I am inconsolable. Please excuse me while I cry a river into my lace handkerchief. Sniff. Sob. Oh, I feel much better now. A good weep does one the world of good. Ah, well. Life goes on. And I have his memoirs to comfort me. Mr. Wickham writes very well, I must say.

  10. Absolutely charming, Catherine! Thank you for unearthing these important documents. It’s crucial to correct the mistakes made by history. It looks like Mr. Darcy misrepresented some aspects of Wickham’s character.

  11. I am just now finally determined to go back and read all these chronicles in order. Tongue in cheek I am thinking is the tone I am hearing but we will see how this turns out. Thanks for writing.

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