Well now, here’s a pretty thing for a soldier with no ambitions beyond the defence of the realm and the happiness of my good lady. Yesterday I was merely George Wickham, soldier, husband, friend and occasional rogue and today I am here talking to you, the people who know me only through the unforgiving pen of Miss Jane Austen.
It appears that the release of my papers, edited by my archivist, Catherine Curzon, have caused something of a stir with readers. Happily, Mrs Curzon and I have been invited to become a regular fixture here in the august surrounds of Austen Variations, and we were most pleased to accept this generous invitation.
It is my pleasure to speak to you directly and, each months, I shall share a little of my life or perhaps my musings on events of a historic or more general nature, we shall see where things take us. I shall also happily take questions from readers on any matter that may concern them, and answer them each month in my new “Ask George” column each month. Should you (or, indeed, a character you favour) have a question for me, do leave it in the comments below and I shall reply next month here on my rather unorthodox parchment.
Today, however, I shall leave you with this small snipping of news that caught my eye this week. I have been singularly blessed by Aphrodite, and she has sent to earth her likeness in the beauty, wisdom and humour of my wife, Mrs Lydia Wickham. That dear lady is unlike any other and more precious to me than any treasure; indeed, though military matters might keep us apart, I can rest easy in my rude bivouac in the knowledge that Mrs Wickham is well cared for by her milliner and salon ladies.
Spare a thought, then, for those who have not been blessed by Venus or perhaps, have been blessed on a few too many occasions. A gentleman, for instance, like the mysterious Mr London who made the pages of the Portsmouth Telegraph or Mottley’s Naval and Military Journal, on 5th May 1800. He was infamous not because he did not love his wife, but because he loved rather too many of them.
So, dear reader, I must bid you adieu. Do share your favourite tales of matrimony in the comments and, should you have any questions to address to me, leave them in the comments too. I look forward to getting to know you!