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As with the past few years, I like to go over what was accomplished last year
Word Count
The word count for the year reached just over 718,000
Writing and where we are at, what I have accomplished:

Book Title
Words written in 2012
# of Pages
Sci Fi Short 2 25,417
85
The Crown Impostor
132,802
443
Magician A Mystery
120,806
403
The Heir
103,771
346
Born To Grace III: Crown in Jeopardy
222,783
743
Food and Art
94,324
314
Micawber and Copperfield
14,946
50

Total                        718,634        2,395

Synopsis of the Books Written
Sci Fi Short 2

This is part of a five book short novel series. It explores a civil war in space. In this book the Unity of Man is broken and shooting starts between both sides. As I developed the ideas for this, it came to me that the reasons for a war like this would parallel the reasons for the American Civil War, without the issue of Slavery. States Rights. The reasoning that a great PR campaign used to make this war. But the for this novel is that economics, those who want to profit by a war set up the conditions for a war. And then the battles of the war would parallel those of the ACW. Here we have the fall of Fort Sumter and First Manassas.

The Crown Impostor

This idea has been floating in my head for a decade, along with a second idea, and they merged. Here I saw that a son would conquer while his father was back running the kingdom. To give it a reason, I saw that a path to the sea for our heroes country was needed, but I also saw that the conquering prince was a bit arrogant. Yet he had an identical twin cousin who was not, and the enemy, well they just had to be very bad. So with all that mix of households back in the days of Henry II, why not do the same here. A loyal vassal of our king and country, with a duchy on the very border, somehow is the male heir of the neighboring kingdom.

His wife is past childbearing and has given him only daughters. Our kingdom lets him go to be a king, they want a new Queen and an heir. So the new Queen’s family does its best to take control and even kills the new king/old duke to make way for a regency with the new Queen in control. As that unfolds our country attacks, but assassins kill the Prince, who summons his cousin before any know he is dying and has the cousin switch places. The cousin now must act like the Crown Prince and see to Justice…

Magician: A Mystery

A contemporary murder mystery. A very successful lead magician at the Palace of Magic is killed, shortly after having breakfast with his very unsuccessful friend. Our hero has advised the victim many times on creating great illusions. And though the victim was able to build a multi-million dollar career, our hero eels out a few thousand dollars by playing bar mitzvahs and sweet sixteens. Yet, our hero is a suspect, even at the exact moment that he discovers that magic is not an illusion, but a reality.

The Heir

An Earl has only a daughter and so his estate and title will go to a cousin. The heroine can not accept this, and though the Heir is pleasant and most seem to like him, she can not. Through a series of mishaps, of course, her opinions will change, as will problems arise for the Heir as he tries to decide should he marry the young lady.

Born To Grace III:Crown in Jeopardy

The final part of the sweeping trilogy where magic is a part of the world. Where kingdoms are gigantic, and where evil is not really the choice between a good path and a bad path so much as evil is what your enemies do. All men follow their hearts and when one’s heart is opposed to your path, it is natural to proclaim them evil. In truth, evil is what comes of the battles that sew death and rend families.

Food and Art

This was the project for NaNoWriMo 2012. Another year I successfully finished a whole book, not just 50,000 words. Here I developed a contemporary romance between a widower whose wife was an artist and he a chef. He built a restaurant that was filled with good food and great art to honor that memory, one he has been hard to move on from, even though he knows he married to early. Into his life, in one night comes the sister of his sister’s sister-in-law. He has never met the girl. She also had a relationship based on sex, rather than respect and is an artist. One that can compliment the restaurant. That they realize both needed more mature relationships, and begin to find it in each other is the basis.

Micawber and Copperfield

This is an entry for a SteamPunk short story competition. What would happen if literary characters were caught up in the Steampunk milieu? Here I have the grandsons of Dickens Iconic characters on an adventure as part of the Royal Dirigible Corps in 1879 South Africa.

Books sold in 2012 totals
331 Sales in 2012, down from 501 in 2011
The End of the World                                                9       
The Shattered Mirror                                                21
Colonel Fitzwilliam’s Correspondence               264    
A Trolling We Will Go                                             4                                         
Genghis Khan’s Rules for (Warriors) Writers        7
Jane Austen and Ghosts                                6
Two Peas In A Pod                                        16
ECO Agents:Save the Planet                        5

Blog Stats
I have not reported on my Blog before since it was not really much of anything, until this last year.
In 2008 we had 1 visitor. It grew since then. Of Course the change from 2008 to 2009 was the greatest, but that was probably an aberration for 2008. It doubled in 2010, and doubled in 2011, but last year it took off.

Year
# Of Visitors
2008
1
2009
306
2010
621
2011
1301
2012 9031

The month activity shows:

Month Visitors
January
166
February
288
March
235
April
267
May
289
June
639
July
1032
August
808
September
874
October
1203
November
1555
December
1675

Graphs
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Books that were read (reviews can be found at David’s Reading List) :
This year with working for over three months, the upheaval in my life, 53 books read and reviewed.

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1 The Master of Heathcrest Hall by Galen Beckett PastedGraphic-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
2 Gunpowder God by John F. Carr
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3 Theft of Sword by Michael J. Sullivan PastedGraphic1-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
4 Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan PastedGraphic3-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
5 Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan PastedGraphic2-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
6 A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs PastedGraphic4-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
7 Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne PastedGraphic5-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
8 The Weapon by David Poyer PastedGraphic6-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
9 The Crisis by David Poyer PastedGraphic7-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
10 The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss PastedGraphic8-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
11 The Crown of the Blood by Gav Thorpe PastedGraphic10-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
12 Fire in the East by Harry Sidebottom PastedGraphic9-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
13 The New iPad Portable Genius by Paul McFedries PastedGraphic11-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
14 Madness of March by Burt Golden PastedGraphic13-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
15 The Profession by Steven Pressfield PastedGraphic12-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
16 Attila by William Napier PastedGraphic15-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
17 Assault on Juno by Mark Zuehlke PastedGraphic14-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
18 Raingun by John Blackport PastedGraphic17-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
19 Capitol Offense by Barbara Mikulski PastedGraphic16-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
20 The Affinity Bridge by George Mann PastedGraphic19-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
21 Zulu Hart by Saul David PastedGraphic18-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
22 The Guns of El Kebir by John Wilcox PastedGraphic21-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
23 My New iPad by Wallace Wang PastedGraphic20-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
24 Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky PastedGraphic22-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
25 The New iPad Fully Loaded by Alan Hess PastedGraphic23-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
26 Long Summer Day by R.F. Delderfield PastedGraphic25-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
27 The Kickstarter Handbook by Dan Steinberg PastedGraphic24-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
28 Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick PastedGraphic27-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
29 Siege of Khartoum by John Wilcox PastedGraphic26-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
30 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book PastedGraphic30-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
31 Victory by Julian Stockwin PastedGraphic29-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
32 Post of Honour by R.F. Delderfield PastedGraphic28-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
33 The Green Gauntlet by R.F. Delderfield PastedGraphic31-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
34 The Shangani Patrol by John Wilcox PastedGraphic33-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
35 A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham PastedGraphic32-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
36 The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler PastedGraphic34-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
37 The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown PastedGraphic35-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
38 A Betrayal in Winter by Daniel Abraham PastedGraphic38-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
39 Elephants in the Distance by Daniel Stashower PastedGraphic37-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
40 Long Live the King by Mary Roberts Rinehart PastedGraphic36-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
41 Merits and Mercenaries by Lady A PastedGraphic40-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
42 The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon PastedGraphic39-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
43 The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith PastedGraphic41-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
44 Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell PastedGraphic43-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
45 Police Your Planet by Lester del Rey PastedGraphic42-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
46 Half Share by Nathan Lowell PastedGraphic44-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
47 Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol PastedGraphic45-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
48 Full Share by Nathan Lowell PastedGraphic46-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
49 Traitor Blade by Richard Crawford PastedGraphic47-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
50 Walls of Jericho by Jonathan Hopkins PastedGraphic48-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
51 The Big Year by Mark Obmascik PastedGraphic49-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
52 We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee PastedGraphic50-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
53 Ship’s Boy by Phil Geusz PastedGraphic51-2013-01-28-07-39.jpg
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The Regency Timeline

My previous posts I’ve explained that I was working on the Regency timeline. I posted my entries for 1788 thru 1798.

Now I have the 1796 Timeline again. I went back added a significant amount of graphics. This is the last of the original years that I have had to revisit and add graphics to. With this posting, I will then turn to alternating between our pages for Regency Era Prime Ministers and new timelines. The next will be 1799.

I have uploaded all these years to the Regency Assembly Press website. You can see a little preview of this below in the picture. I especially like how the Duchess of Alba by Goya looks a lot like Cher.

My sources which include the Internet and The Timetables of History by Grun and Stein1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__PastedGraphic-2012-06-26-09-40.jpg as well as the Chronology of CULTURE by Paxton and Fairfield should cover a lot of events. There are now over 5000 listed for the period between 1788 and 1837 when Victoria comes to the Throne. I have also just found a third book I own with timelines in it, very USA centric though. 1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__PastedGraphic-2012-06-26-09-40.jpg What Happened When by Carruth. I also have added a Dorling Kindersley book PastedGraphic-2012-06-26-09-40.jpg, History of the World.

I may post a year at time every so often in between scanning through all these to find something that will be a good article for this blog and the blog at English Historical Fiction Authors. I will also have the full listing up shortly at Regency Assembly Press.

Those who have feedback, it is appreciated or if someone would like a specific year in a future post. The very first entry is to show who was Prime Minister of Great Britain, later it was the United Kingdom, during the period of the chronology. In choosing our dates, 1788 is the first sign of madness in George the III, it is the beginning of the end of the French Monarchy with the riots in Paris, it is the time when the mama’s of the girls during the true Regency would be girls going to London for their own season, and when our heroes are young lads or babes as well.

We need to know of the events that occurred when they were children, as well as what happens when they are on stage in our stories.

Click on the link below or the picture to go to the entry. More years coming. The list is now over 5000 event entries long and growing.

After the Regency Timeline, I plan to do a short addition on Regency Era Prime Ministers. They always come up in my research and I think we need a page where we can find out all about them in one place. Then, the Edwardian Timeline. I am thinking the years 1890 to 1918 (The end of WWI)

Regency Assembly Press 1796 Timeline

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The Writing LIfe

My new writing project, The Heir finished. I will finish off Chapter 3 here, and then advise through the blog when I revisit the draft for publication. My new project will be a Fantasy, the third part of my trilogy on the son of Duke.

The Heir is about the heroine of course can not stand the hero, who is trying to understand why she dislikes him so. Part of the action takes place in St. James Square, where I have located our Heroine’s home. That was written about, in a blog post from fellow writer Angelyn Schmid on her post about Let’s do Business in Bed.

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I enclose a few more paragraphs from the first draft.

Chapter 3 continues

Spend a little money, or actually a lot of money to be elected and the well versed politician could make much more. And the honest politician, were there such a creature, could well go broke making friendships and seeking to support justice, rather than ones pocket book.

Mr. Perceval took a moment and then let out a bombastic laugh. “Well said. Yes we shall need your services. Can you make a speech? Did you not tell me Lennox that he was the best read man of your acquaintance. I do hope my lord that you acquaintance is as large as your stables, then we shall expect such oration from this young man that perhaps he will one day serve his majesty by taking upon himself my small job.” Perceval laughed once more and then waved himself off.

“Well my lad, the Prime Minister knows your name.”

Sebastian replied, “And has a notion that soon I am to take Mr. Poppets seat? I agree that Poppet does little credit to the Tories and to yourself, sir. I had no quest to take his seat however.”

“Shh, we do not refer to ourselves as Tories any longer. We all think of ourselves as Whigs of course, though we are Tories in practice. Now as to Mr. Poppet, the by-election for our borough is upon us this year. I am not offering my support to the man.”

Sebastian took but a second to reflect, “But my lord, there is only one vote cast in that borough. Your own. If you do not offer him support, none shall stop you from choosing another.”

“It is so, that I am the only man who may vote, but I do want the tenants to know who represents them. They shall look to the man elected as their champion. Do you know, before I met the first Countess, Lady Samantha, who your sister is named after, and before I was Earl but only heir to my father, that I held the borough. That it was I who spoke in front of the tenants. It was long ago now. Before you were born, that I was the member. Great days that was. Great days, with Pitt leading us. I would speak to a question on occasion and well was I heard.” The Earl was lost in his memories then. Sebastian did not want to interrupt for there was a look of rapture upon him.

“Now you, I know you to be a man of letters. It was certainly costly enough to send you to the university, though I do not begrudge what I have spent on you and your siblings. You are my heir and I have learned to face the notion that Lady Elizabeth and I will not have a child. I have spent too long neglecting my teaching you the responsibilities of our station. You do realize that soon enough you will be called on to be the lord down at Combe Edinsley. I should like you to consider a long stay with us at the end of the season as well as of course making the house your residence when you attend the hustings.”

Sebastian felt he was being guided in life again, and once more his choices were being made for him. Not he making choices. “My lord, I am obliged to you, but you can not be sure that I shall be any more attentive than Mr. Poppet.”

“Oh, I am sure you will do your duty much better than Poppet. He is a sick man, and he uses drink as his medicine. That is no cure for what ails him, and it has gone on so long that death may be the only means he has to be rid of his ailment. Poppet though is not your concern, but tell me, were you Earl, what would you do with such a man? If I was gone and this instant you were Earl, to go into Lords and help the country, or would you return to our estates and ignore what is happening. By sitting in the hall below, you may effect what your brother James and Henry do. You realize that, do you not? And were you the member in Commons, then you may influence what the endure in their travails as well now. Before I am called to meet the lord. I do not fear that I shall going below for as profligate as I have been, I do not think I have given myself over to the devil.”

“No, my lord. No tale I have ever heard of you has said anything near that. You are considered an example for most men.”

“Except I spend too much time with my horses.” The Earl said.

Sebastian had to agree, “It has been said. And that you mayhap should spend time with your friends outside of those that you meet with here at Lords.”

“Ha,” he laughed, “That is what the Countess has said as well. Poor thing, been sick for a week and telling me that I must entertain should I wish to be a part of Perceval’s cabinet. So we have you to dinner and our other relations, then we shall try to discuss politics with those I must impress. She has little faith that I can talk about other than horses.”

“Can you my lord? Surely you would have me join you here in the work that Parliament does and I must speak of more than the classics. It, I do not think, will inspire those others of the Commons, nor those on your estate that I should speak to if I were to speak at the hustings.”

The Earl then went on to tell Sebastian of his early days in the House of Commons and the several speeches he had given in detail, one the second to last before the vote was called so he knew that what he had said had bearing on the matter. That he had helped determine the course of empire. Sebastian listened with half an ear. One had to stop listening and think.

That was what he needed to do then. Think. Sebastian of course could have asked for time to tender an answer, but he usually did not see the man for six months again. Yet he was to see the man in three days at his home. It meant, Sebastian thought, that he would see his cousin Annabella who had shown her contempt for him last year.

He had never done anything to warrant such hatred except for his being born, and there being no other man to inherit between her father and he. Sebastian thought it quite petty for the woman to take a hate towards him. If she could not control her spleen so, it was not his loss. Most likely it was his gain, for she had been thrice a ninny the year before with the men she had allowed to throw themselves at her.

If they had made an offer for her, he was sure the Earl had sent them packing. They each had offered for a dozen other women who had great wealth, but guardians who knew that the suitors were made of paper and nothing else. If he was a rake, at least no one would say he was made of paper. Or would they? Had he done anything to prove that he was someone who was serious. Not since he had returned from Corunna.

None could point and say that he had done much but spurn the acquaintance of all women he acknowledge by their sixth meeting.

He indeed was tending towards rakeishness, for that would quite fit the definition of a man who used a woman ill. If a man did that to his sisters, he would have to call them out. Considering the number of women Sebastian had shown interest in, he was surprised that no brother or father had challenged him, but then Prinny had made him a baronet because he had been quite good with gun and saber in battle. The truth of that was that he had survived, more than any other tale that was set about the Ton.

So to be serious, was that worthwhile. He had wanted occupation, and this would be it.

“I know that these tales are perhaps not so profound now, but in the day, they meant everything to me. It was how I met Lady Samantha and her admiration for more work allowed me to know she admired me entire. I knew then to offer for her and none other, for no other cared a fig at all what I did at night here at the House.”

“I am sure that your time in Commons was important and you must tell me more of it. I am looking for direction, and of course your support will carry me in such an endeavor. You are aware that should you have an heir, as I have long prayed for, then I must find a means to support myself…”

The Earl held up a hand. “As I said, I do not think that Countess Elizabeth shall be so blessed, so the line shall pass to you. Annabella could marry and I could make allowance were she to have a boy, but if that is the case, I shall draw up documents with my lawyers that you current allowance shall be entailed on you and any wife of yours. Should that not suffice?”

“My lord, were you to have an heir other than myself, it is too much.”

“Hardly. Here then, you have bought some little property but need more in order that you support yourself. What if we gift you with some lands we have. Enough that there is an income. You would have them when you become Earl, and if your line were replaced, it would still give you a comfortable income all your days. I have some little lands I may do this with. I am told that you have been lucky at the tables and I do not know that such a sobriquet attached to my heir is something that Bath should have. I know that you are not a reckless gambler else my banker would be asking that I sign your debts, yet he tells me that for near two months you have not drawn on your allowance, and that the bills for your household have gone elsewhere.”

Sebastian said, “I took the liberty of establishing mine own accounts my lord. It did seem prudent.”

The Earl shook his head, “You are a credit to your father, and I should have taken a greater hand in your rearing when he died. I am sorry that I have not now. And it is too late to have anything to say with your brothers. There careers are foreordained now. The girls, you will allow me to act like an indulgent uncle. I spoil Anna terribly, I know, but I should do so with your sisters and perhaps show that I am not some ogre. I should imagine the expense of their trousseau for the season shall be large, I know that Anna and the Countess have already told me that it shall be more this year than last since last year the men we had call were not those that should have.”

“I had heard somewhat similar my lord. There are men, and then there are men who do not care whom they wed, but do care if their bride will weigh as much as their portion.”

The Earl laughed, “Well Anna is quite a piece but not large at all. Yet I think any who are serious will see she is to get a good dowry. Your sisters, your father’s estate made allowance. If there is help needed to encourage a man, rather than an afterthought, you will speak to me. If the lands were already yours, you could attend to your sisters. No need for them to make a marriage that they will be unhappy with because you do not have the money you need now, but will have it ten years hence.”

“I am sure it would be longer than that, my lord.” The Earl had talked about his demise in nearly every interview the two had since Sebastian had returned from the Peninsula. Sebastian had always wondered if it was some way of pointing out that he needed to not consider an adventurous life which could end in disaster. That the Earl did not want to change the titles succession again.

“I am near sixty and know that I am certainly closer to my end then I am to my start. Now, let us talk more about the seat in the House. Naturally all your expenses as a Member will be paid for by me. You need not worry about anything extra that being a member should cost, and if you succeed and need to socialize, host functions as I know one should when aspiring to be taken seriously in our circle, then I shall pay for that as well. In fact, the Countess assures me that if I have you to represent our borough, then you should attend all our soirees as she calls em, for the rest of the Season.”

Sebastian could only allow how that made sense. “Politics is not made so well on our speeches in the Houses, but on our suppers in our houses.”

The Earl looked up at that and smiled, “Speeches in the, suppers in our houses. I like that. But that does seem to be correct. We can talk amongst ourselves and often bend and shape laws to what is needed to get them passed in the Houses. I have been remiss in that I had forgotten that was the case. I had spent too much of my time thinking I need not bring home my work, but using my home is part of the work. The great lords that dabble in politics know this. We adopt our favorites, our clients and see to it that England rises and shall not fall.”

Sebastian said, “I see that. Might I have some time to think on this? You would not maneuver me into the corner without allowing to ponder this. I had not thought to worry so about politics until, well until I had to take you seat in Lords, my lord.”

“No, of course you may give my your answer in time. But you really do not have the luxury to wait for when I am gone. There is much to learn about politics and governance. Did not these last years show you that managing a household of so many people is not easily done? And then you purchased land. Have you not learned again that having tenants who rely on you is also not so easily handled. The same with the nation. There are many things that will seem to be just, but they also may seem to be shortsighted. Government needs to be a long game. A very long game, and even when you look at the victory of a year or two, you must plan for that victory to be forever. You may even admit defeat if it will bring true victory later on. Do you not think we would let Wellesley flounder if it meant that we were assured of success against the Tyrant through some other action. We aren’t of course, but we would.”

Sebastian had never considered that but it gave him something to ponder. He took his leave of the Earl, looking forward to dining at St. James Square some few days in the future. In the meantime he had to introduce his sisters to his friends and begin their calls. Though should the Earl’s other family be at his house, as he mentioned, then his sisters were destined to meet the Beauchamp’s. The very handsome and fashionable Viscount Christopher would dazzle their eyes and then he would say something that was witty, and Sebastian’s sisters would cover their ears.

“When are you to take us out, brother? We have been home all day, and we dined in last night as well.” Jennifer said later when they had gathered for dinner.

“I did explain that our cousin summoned me to speak with him. That we could make no plans, though we shall meet with some of my friends tomorrow. They have assured me that they will call.” He said.

“Jennifer is just impatient. I am glad that we do not have do dine with the Chaperones at every meal,” Samantha said.

Sebastian “No, if we are just family, then we do not have to eat with them but can have time to ourselves. It is only should we have other society that we will have the ladies join us. Now it is through the fortune of blood that we can afford to sit at such a table for dinner, for I have earned no money, nor had our father earned much either. Henry, who has successes, shall no doubt make a name of himself and it will be up to you two to help guide him to a wife when he returns from the sea. He shall want to have a family, and be of society I think, as will James. Though James shall take matters into his own hands.”

“As you have done? We may not have had any callers other than Lady Margaret today who wished to meet our chaperones, but she told us what news she had when she arrived at her daughters house. Twenty ladies all expected an offer, and you have given none any sign that they have held your heart. At first it was thought that you were to be caught and all the mamas wanted to have you hooked for their daughters. The Earl’s heir. You are to have a fortune. But for three years you have played with the affections of every young lady of means. You are labelled…” Jennifer had a lot to say.

Sebastian added before she could say it, “a Rakehell? It is not a name I would call myself. I had little idea that so many women expected an offer. I never, I assure you gave them such presumption. I did not kiss their fingers. I did not read, or worse, write poetry to them. They had no indication from myself that they were the true beating of my heart.”

Samantha asked, “Have you met the woman who is the true beating of your heart?”

Jennifer looked as if she had wanted to say something that was sure to lead to another argument, but that seemed to stop her. Not that he felt that he was arguing with his sisters, but there certainly was an interrogation occurring.

“If I have, I assure you that I would not tell you, unless I could say with confidence that such a lady reciprocated those feelings and you could wish me happy. To do so before I was sure of such could only lead to my being truly labelled Rakehell. I assure you, it is not a name I am deserving of.”

Jennifer said, “It will stand you well in the House of Commons. Women and mamas will despise you were you truly a Rake, but men, they all must admire such character and action.”

Sebastian shook his head, skewering a prawn on his plate so that he could chew it. “Now that I am not sure of. Many in the House are unmarried of course. Men of the world, but there are many fathers as well. I can not think that a father should like his daughter to be taken advantage of by such a man. I may have more work to do this year to repair my reputation. I may have a great deal of work to do to be sure that whatever has been attributed to me does not become attached to you.”

Jennifer had not seemed to think that would occur. “You do not mean to imply that you have behaved so improperly that my chances shall be ruined.”

“No. Not at all. And should any many say so, they shall find that they will have me to deal with the matter as much as father would have. You will not remember him much as he has been gone for many years now. But he would have challenged a man to a duel at the mere thought, let alone mention of such. James has met several captains in the Navy who were good friends with father and say he was quite skilled in such matters.”

Samantha asked, “Are you skilled in dueling? I would not like you to defend our names and end up dead over the matter. James and Henry risk enough as it is. I thought you were heroic to venture to the war but I was a child then. Now I think you were very foolhardy to have chanced it.”

Sebastian smiled, “You are right. I was very foolhardy. It made me aware that I would never do something like that again. Do not fear. But I would not let an insult against you or our name go unpunished.”

“But you could be hurt in a duel. You could be killed.” Samantha said. He could see that Jennifer was upset by this as well. Then it dawned on him that all them had lost their parents some years before. Left alone with only each other, and he and his brothers abandoning them to have careers. They were terrified that he, or the other two would die. And the other two were in careers that put them in a great deal of danger.

“I would only do so should I have to.” He said choosing his words with care.

Samantha said, “Even so, you could still be hurt. What do I care how others think a name is so important. Isn’t it enough that the French want to attack us, that we would have to fight amongst ourselves.” Then Sebastian knew that his sister was right. Why would he fight another englishman to defend honor, when they were fighting the French to stop tyranny.

“I will give the matter thought. You are concerned and I shall not quickly say a thing to make you calm, and then later when it seems expedient do another action entirely opposed to such a promise. No, I shall think on the issue. The Earl even advised me today that successful government must be carried out the same. That one must look long at a problem and think what the solution shall be in the years to come. Not just in the months that are at hand.”

The conversation turned and then later, as a custard was offered for them before the ladies went through to the drawing room, and he would have some port, a cigar should he wish it, it came back again to the Earl and his family. “Did you not tell us that you met with Lady Anna our cousin last year?”

“No, I became acquainted with her at a ball where I do believe, I was given the cut direct. She wrote an apology that I believe that the Countess directed her to do so. She knew who I was, but when I asked her for a dance, all had been taken. I was snubbed.”

“Oh my. Our own cousin as well.” Samantha said.

Jennifer observed, “It must be something more that that. You must have been a complete bore to her earlier. She came out at the beginning of last season.”

“Our paths did not cross till the one ball, and then I made sure that they did not cross again. I did not want all the Ton to think of this as an ondit. I am her father’s heir and were the Ton to think that there was animosity between us, it would not be well. The Earl would suffer by it as well, and he, we owe much too. We should surely have been in dire straits should he have not come to our aid when father was killed.”

The girls nodded. Each year they wrote very nice letters to the Earl at Christmass time thanking him for his generosity. Sebastian did not know if the Earl read them, but he had told the girls that making the letters personal, spending time with them, would one day reap them benefits that they could not begin to imagine. And of the offer to help with the dowries was what had come of those letters, than Sebastian had proved prescient.

Their father had died at the Battle of Copenhagen, and their mother a few years after. Sebastian was quite sure that Samantha had little remembrance of their father, and Jennifer probably only saw the man a little more, though he had been home for a spell when Jennifer was small. They even went to Plymouth as a family while father outfitted his ship before going forth. Henry had thought that a great adventure. Sebastian hated it for it meant that their father would once again be at sea for months and they would not see him. Other boys in their village saw their fathers each day. Sebastian and his siblings were lucky to have that luxury only when their father was in quest of a new command, and then he would venture to London often and wait at the Admiralty to try and get a posting.

That was humiliating, he remembered his father saying, and Henry agreeing when he too had waited nervously with other officers for such luck to come his way. It had with the influence of the Earl of Bath and of politics. Now more than ever, Sebastian was sure that Henry had gotten his ship because someone wanted favors from the Earl. And the Earl was happy to agree to them.

It was truly a foregone conclusion. Sebastian was the head of his branch of the Lennoxs. A branch that had owed all it had to the generosity of the Earl. His education, James commission, the girls expenses boarding with Aunt Margaret, and the augmentation of their Dowry. The Frigate that James commanded allowing him to accumulate prize money. If the Earl crooked his finger and said that he wanted Sebastian to represent a pocket borough, then he would. If the Earl said to vote against all the beliefs Sebastian held, he would do that as well. Part of being groomed for becoming the lord of Bath was to know who you owed and how you would pay them back.

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Regency History

Often in my research I keep needing to find who was leading the government and do this through every book. I thought that having the list handy would be good, and then turning it into a research webpage even better. Here is the list. After I post a few more Timeline years and write some more, I will work on the web page with notes about each PM.

The next PM I am doing is Spencer Perceval and I am hosting a page devoted to him and then all our period PMs at Regency Assembly Press. That page is here.

Prime Ministers of England

William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland 04/02/1783
12/19/1783
Whig
William Pitt the Younger 12/19/1783
03/14/1801
Tory
Henry Addington 1st Viscount Sidmouth, “The Doctor” 03/14/1801
05/10/1804
Tory
William Pitt the Younger 05/10/1804
01/23/1806
Tory
William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville 02/11/1806
03/31/1807
Whig
William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland 03/31/1807
10/04/1809
Tory*
Spencer Perceval 10/04/1809
05/11/1812
Tory
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
06/08/1812
04/09/1827
Tory
George Canning
04/10/1827
08/08/1827
Tory
Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich
08/31/1827
01/21/1828
Tory
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
01/22/1828
11/16/1830
Tory
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
11/22/1830
07/16/1834
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
07/16/1834
11/14/1834
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
11/14/1834
12/10/1834
Tory
Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet
12/10/1834
04/18/1835
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
04/18/1835
08/30/1841
Tory* (Tory government, PM a Whig)

Spencer Perceval, Little P

Born 11/01/1762 Audley Square, London

Died 05/11/1812 Parliament, London

Major Acts:

Regency Bill 1810 – Enabled the appointment of Prince George as Regent

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Spencer Perceval is best remembered as the only British prime minister to be assassinated. A professional lawyer, he made his mark as by holding down the senior posts of Solicitor-General and Attorney-General. An admirer of William Pitt the Younger, he was politically conservative and an active Anglican, opposing Catholic emancipation.

In later life he became an expert on Biblical prophecy and wrote pamphlets relating to prophecies that he had discovered.

When the Duke of Portland put together a coalition of Tories in 1807, Perceval served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons.

With Portland old and unwell, Perceval was effectively the chief minister, and even lived at 10 Downing Street.

In 1809, Perceval formally succeeded the Duke of Portland as Prime Minister.

It was a difficult time due to the upheavals of the Industrial Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, and the final descent of George III into madness. His government also suffered from the absence of most of the senior statesmen of the period. He had to serve as his own Chancellor after obtaining six refusals of office.

Assassination

After two years his government had survived much longer than predicted amidst a severe economic depression. Indeed, it began to seem that the situation of his government looked as if it was set to improve.

But Perceval’s administration ended dramatically on 11 May 1812, when he was shot dead in the lobby of the House of Commons on his way to attend an inquiry into the recent Luddite riots. His last words were, appropriately, ‘Oh, I have been murdered’.

The assassin was John Bellingham, a merchant who had incurred business debts in Russia.

He had tried to recover compensation from the government for his losses, but was refused. He therefore sought revenge on a representative of that government and carried out his dark wish.

Perceval’s body rested in 10 Downing Street for five days, mourned by his wife and twelve children. Bellingham was later tried and hung for Perceval’s murder.

Family

Perceval left a widow and 12 children. He had only a little more than 100 pounds in the bank. Parliament voted 50 thousand pounds to his children and an annuity to his eldest son Spencer of 1000 a year.

Ministry

10/04/1809                                05/11/1812

Spencer Perceval – First Lord of the Treasury, Leader of the House of Commons, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Lord Eldon – Lord Chancellor

Lord Camden – Lord President of the Council

Lord Westmorland – Lord Privy Seal

Richard Ryder – Secretary of State for the Home Department

Lord Bathurst – Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and President of the Board of Trade

Lord Liverpool – Secretary of State for War and the Colonies and Leader of the House of Lords

Lord Mulgrave – First Lord of the Admiralty

Lord Chatham – Master-General of the Ordnance

Lord Harrowby – Minister without Portfolio

Changes

  • December, 1809 – Lord Wellesley succeeds Lord Bathurst as Foreign Secretary. Bathurst continues at the Board of Trade.
  • May, 1810 – Lord Mulgrave succeeds Lord Chatham as Master-General of the Ordnance. Charles Philip Yorke succeeds Mulgrave as First Lord of the Admiralty.
  • March, 1812 – Lord Castlereagh succeeds Lord Wellesley as Foreign Secretary.
  • April, 1812 – Lord Sidmouth succeeds Lord Camden as Lord President. Camden remains in the cabinet as a minister without portfolio.

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“I have nothing to say to the nothing that has been said.”

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The Regency Timeline

My previous posts I’ve explained that I was working on the Regency timeline. I posted my entries for 1788 thru 1798.

Now I have the 1795 Timeline again. I went back added a significant amount of graphics. I will be doing this with all the years I previously posted and then ensuring that the new years have a lot of graphics as well.        

I have uploaded all these years to the Regency Assembly Press website. You can see a little preview of this below in the picture. I especially like how the Duchess of Alba by Goya looks a lot like Cher.

My sources which include the Internet and The Timetables of History by Grun and Stein1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__PastedGraphic-2012-06-23-08-41.jpg as well as the Chronology of CULTURE y Paxton and Fairfield should cover a lot of events. There are now over 5000 listed for the period between 1788 and 1837 when Victoria comes to the Throne. I have also just found a third book I own with timelines in it, very USA centric though. 1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__PastedGraphic-2012-06-23-08-41.jpg What Happened When by Carruth. I also have added a Dorling Kindersley book PastedGraphic-2012-06-23-08-41.jpg, History of the World.

I may post a year at time every so often in between scanning through all these to find something that will be a good article for this blog and the blog at English Historical Fiction Authors. I will also have the full listing up shortly at Regency Assembly Press.

Those who have feedback, it is appreciated or if someone would like a specific year in a future post. The very first entry is to show who was Prime Minister of Great Britain, later it was the United Kingdom, during the period of the chronology. In choosing our dates, 1788 is the first sign of madness in George the III, it is the beginning of the end of the French Monarchy with the riots in Paris, it is the time when the mama’s of the girls during the true Regency would be girls going to London for their own season, and when our heroes are young lads or babes as well.

We need to know of the events that occurred when they were children, as well as what happens when they are on stage in our stories.

Click on the link below or the picture to go to the entry. More years coming. The list is now over 5000 event entries long and growing.

After the Regency Timeline, I plan to do a short addition on Regency Prime Ministers. They always come up in my research and I think we need a page where we can find out all about them in one place. Then, the Edwardian Timeline. I am thinking the years 1890 to 1918 (The end of WWI)

Regency Assembly Press 1795 Timeline

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The Writing LIfe

My new writing project finishs today. It is another regency, tentatively titled The Heir. I am now over 300 pages into it. The heroine of course can not stand the hero, who is trying to understand why she dislikes him so. Part of the action takes place in St. James Square, where I have located our Heroine’s home. That was written about, in a blog post from fellow writer Angelyn Schmid on her post about Let’s do Business in Bed.

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I enclose a few more paragraphs from the first draft.

Chapter 3

Sebastian was not surprised to receive his first yearly summons to see the Earl. And once again at Westminster Palace. His sisters were to come the day before, and then on Friday, he would visit with his cousin. The summons was never something that he could respond with a polite no. At least Sebastian did not feel he should since the man supported him. The Earl also did ask how his family fared and would question him about it, seeing if there were any instructions that he should issue.

That meant that would the Earl need to send money for James Mess bill, or for Hank to outfit his stores aboard ship, then Sebastian must mention it, the Earl say that it was a small matter and all that Sebastian need do is make some instruction to the bankers. It meant writing a note to both banker and the Earl that the Earl could then forward his approval to the bankers. A convoluted way to secure monies, but it was how the Earl worked since he did not visit his bankers. They visited the Earl.

Sebastian put that from his mind, for he had not seen his Sisters but briefly when the Season had ended the prior year. He had journeyed to his aunt’s house near Southampton. There he found them, as always, living quite happily. He was not sure that the change from a small country village to that of London was something that they were going to be ready for. Yet the Earl had hired tutors that were supposed to prepare them for such. Women who had claims to society, unlike Countess Elizabeth, a woman who had been hired by the Earl’s first wife and the education of cousin Annabella put in her trust.

“Sebastian, do you not come to the hall to greet us?” He heard a voice from the foyer of the house. He moved as quick as he could from the desk where he had been reading the contracts for new lands to be added to his holdings in Kent. He and Marlowe had been very lucky at the tables three nights before and the money in his accounts were ready to be put to use again. Very lucky indeed. Marlowe said that if he was not a fool, his allowance had been made for the year and it was till but February.

“Here Samantha,” he said as he reached the landing and then looked down to the ground floor. “And Samantha you must not speak so loudly. I am sure, but a lady does not yell so.”

Jennifer, who was removing her bonnet, said, “That was not a yell brother, I assure you. Our little sister is quite capable of yelling.”

“Where is Lady Margaret, I am sure that I wish to greet her as well.”

Jennifer smiled, now working on removing her gloves a finger at a time while Samantha was examining every part of the hall. “Our aunt has gone ahead to her home. She has professed her love for us, but her joints, in getting in and out of the carriage, climbing the steps and then returning to her carriage, all would have been a great deal of work.” Jennifer said.

Sebastian reached the ground floor and then guided his sisters into the day room. “Here, we shall have tea, and some treats. This is of course now your home. But I am concerned that Lady Margaret did not stay.”

Samantha said, “We are no match for her grandchildren. She longs to go to her own family and now, she hopes is done with us, for we have been little joy for her, despite all that the Earl’s money has helped.” Lady Margaret had been married to a naval man as well. Sir Ben had survived his years at sea but was taken from the family by a failing heart. Her son was at sea in the family tradition, and her daughter here in London married to a clerk who did work for the House of Commons. Sebastian knew that the money that the Earl paid to Lady Margaret to maintain a decent house in the country, some made it’s way to London that her daughter and the many grandchildren did not live in penury.

“Well, you must have a chaperone, the both of you, but especially Jennifer. I am to launch you but I can not be at your side as a chaperone will. Lady Margaret would serve such a purpose. I shall also introduce you to the dowager Viscountess of Lowford, for she is launching her daughter Henrietta this season and I hope you shall be friends with her as I am friends with the Viscount.”

“I have heard that the Viscount Lowford is handsome.” Jennifer said.

“No one can be as handsome as our brother though. Is he not the most handsome of men. Are you a dandy?” Samantha asked.

“I should hope not. And Samantha, one does not praise a person so to their face. They shall develop a complex. But I thank you for your compliments. I suppose there are many who thinks that Lowford is handsome, and he is more a fashion plate that walks, then I. My clothes, are fine it is so, but I see no need for more then five coats all told. In my set, it is only Lowford who would swear that five is not even the minimum that one should own. That one needs at least thirty good coats.”

Jennifer seemed to agree, “At least thirty. Brother, you do know that I shall need many new dresses so that I can go out in society. And we shall need horses to ride, and you must throw a ball…” Jennifer had a long list, and it took some while for her to recite it.

“I do understand my obligations and have made allowance for it. Now, you do know that your dowry is not some great sum. I am not the Earl of Bath, nor do I have any greater claim than at present, should he have no son, that I am his heir. He still may do so and then we shall not have a great deal of money to give to a suitor. I should like you to think on that. You do not need marry a great fortune, but our family fortune will not even keep you in modest accommodations from the three percents.”

Samantha looked out a window onto the street while Jennifer said, “We know. James has done better with prize money than father ever had, and if not for the Earl’s generosity we would not even have this. Samantha and I both know what our destiny is, but surely, amongst the men of London, there are those who have fortunes and will look on the sisters of even a near Earl, with love.”

Sebastian smiled, “Yes, of that I am sure. And I know many of them. I shall introduce you to several as is my lot. Now, we must send for the ladies who shall be interviewed to be your chaperones. For they are to live here and must be agreeable to yourselves as well as to me. I have a list and they await our summons.”

In the end, two ladies were chosen. One had lost her husband in the war who was in the senior service, and the other was a widow of an officer of the junior service. Sebastian was sure, that Samantha was already devising names for the two ladies, but that was to be expected of a young girl still two summers away from her Season.

Mrs. Humphries spouse had been in the army while Mrs. Davis was the widow of a naval officer. The Earl may have wished for ladies of rank and title to be chaperones for his distant cousins, but Sebastian knew that until he did become the Earl of Bath his place in society, and that of his sisters were not of the first circle. There were friends and people he could introduce them to, but they also would not be of the first circle except on a very few occasions. They would of course, in their time, attend court at Carleton House and be presented to the Prince Regent.

Sebastian’s few months close association with the Prince would see that his sisters were honored, if not adopted into that society. He was a loving brother, but he did not want his sisters to end up in that set. There were plenty of good parts of the Ton where one could live out their loves in comfort and unnoticed. That should almost have been the first lesson mamas taught their daughters. How to now become an ondit and secure the notice of the Ton.

Sebastian was shamed that some had begun to think of him as rakish. He certainly did not think of himself that way. He thought that he was a very desirable gentlemen to meet and to be matched to. Did not everyman want to think that they were the son every mama wanted for their precious daughters?

Having settled his sisters he attended his cousin at Lords the next day. “Well there you are, and I suppose I am late once more. Never on time, for all these meetings of ours, have I been?” The Earl asked, but Sebastian was sure he expected no answer.

“Before we speak of your prospects this season, Lady Elizabeth has told me that I am to have you come to dinner on Monday she has planned it. And that she has word your sisters have some to town. It is just the family of course so the youngest, Samantha, must come as well.” If it had been others, then Samantha who was too young to have come out into society would have had to stay at home.

“We of course will come,” Sebastian said.

“Good, the Countess will send you your invitation. I think she expects that we must coordinate strategy for all the girls who are about this season. Why I have my niece Henrietta as well as Annabella and your sister. So many young ladies, you will be at many balls this year. I should think we will have many weddings in the fall to attend and honor. I like a good wedding. It reminds me of happy times.” Once more Sebastian was reminded that perhaps the Earl was not as happy as he wished he was. That the marriage to the Countess had not brought the man as much joy as he wished.

As they sat in the chambers of Lords, a man came there way, “Please don’t rise, I just wanted to meet you.” Sebastian of course did rise. The man who had approached them was Spencer Perceval who was Prime Minister. A new acquaintance and Sebastian grasped the man’s hand firmly.

“Lennox, this one, not you young sir, has told me a good deal about you. Good man to go and support the soldiers. I remember when his Highness asked my thoughts on your knighthood. Well deserved I said. And now you are to join us here where the real work is done. I shall be grateful of your support on the benches.” Sebastian had no idea about that last part and the Earl cleared his throat.

“I was just about to tell him of our plan, Perceval. Dare say you’ve put me in it right properly.”

The Prime Minister smiled. Sebastian was sure the man knew what he was doing, “What, did I. Well It has to do with how you will ever dawdle about my friend. We looked for a young strong voice for your borough last year. Poppet has been either truly sick and absent, or drunk and absent many more times than he has been in attendance to cast his vote. Votes we always are in need of.”

Mr. Poppet, Sebastian knew, to be the member for the pocket borough that the Earl controlled in commons. A suspicion that the Earl had something much more important than his yearly lecture to discuss began to form in Sebastian’s mind.

“I hope that should you gentlemen need my help, I can offer it.” Sebastian knew he had to be respective but he hoped he could be non-committal. He may have told his closest friends that he needed to direction. That he needed something useful to pursue. He hadn’t meant that he should take up any role in government. He of course did not worry about paying the expenses that such a career would entail, for it cost money were he desirous of making a name for himself. And one could make money were one to sell ones influence. Even the most silent of members had influence if they were a member of Parliament. Influence that could be quite lucrative.

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Regency History

Often in my research I keep needing to find who was leading the government and do this through every book. I thought that having the list handy would be good, and then turning it into a research webpage even better. Here is the list. After I post a few more Timeline years and write some more, I will work on the web page with notes about each PM.

The next PM I am doing is William Wyndham Grenville and I am hosting a page devoted to him and then all our period PMs at Regency Assembly Press. That page is here.

Prime Ministers of England

William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland 04/02/1783
12/19/1783
Whig
William Pitt the Younger 12/19/1783
03/14/1801
Tory
Henry Addington 1st Viscount Sidmouth, “The Doctor” 03/14/1801
05/10/1804
Tory
William Pitt the Younger 05/10/1804
01/23/1806
Tory
William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville 02/11/1806
03/31/1807
Whig
William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland 03/31/1807
10/04/1809
Tory*
Spencer Perceval
10/04/1809
05/11/1812
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
06/08/1812
04/09/1827
George Canning
04/10/1827
08/08/1827
Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich
08/31/1827
01/21/1828
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
01/22/1828
11/16/1830
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
11/22/1830
07/16/1834
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
07/16/1834
11/14/1834
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
11/14/1834
12/10/1834
Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet
12/10/1834
04/18/1835
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
04/18/1835
08/30/1841
Tory* (Tory government, PM a Whig)

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville

Born 10/25/1759 Buckinghamshire

Died 12/12/1834 Buckinghamshire

Major Acts:

Slave Trade Act 1807:The Abolishment of the slave trade in the British Empire

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William Wyndam Grenville was the son of George Grenville, an earlier prime minister. Holding office for only a year, he shared his father’s poor public image, though he did achieve one notable achievement – the abolition of slavery.

Entering the Commons in 1782, Grenville became a close ally of Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger. He served in Pitt’s government as Home Secretary, Leader of the House of Lords as Baron Grenville, and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

As Foreign Secretary, Grenville oversaw the tumultuous Wars of the French Revolution, focusing on fighting on the continent as the key to victory, rather than war at sea and in the colonies.

In 1801 Grenville left office at the same time as Pitt, over the issue of Catholic Emancipation.

In his years out of office, Grenville became close to Opposition leader Charles James Fox, and when Pitt returned to office in 1804, Grenville did not take part.

Cross-party alliance

On Pitt’s death Grenville was invited to form a government, but did so reluctantly. He formed a cross-party alliance of MPs which became known as the “Ministry of all The Talents”.

It was a coalition between Grenville’s supporters, the Foxite Whigs, and the supporters of former Prime Minister Lord Sidmouth. Grenville, as First Lord of the Treasury, and Fox, as Foreign Secretary, were joint leaders.

Grenville’s ministry was mostly unsuccessful, failing to make peace with France or to accomplish Catholic emancipation. It did, though, result in one momentous achievement – the abolition of the slave trade in 1807.

The end of his term came soon after, however, as a result of struggle over the perennial issue of Catholic emancipation. He tendered his resignation with palpable relief.

In the following years, Grenville continued in opposition maintaining his alliance with the Whigs, criticizing the Peninsular War and refusing to join Lord Liverpool’s government in 1812.

In years after the Peninsular War, Grenville gradually moved back closer to the Tories, but his political career was ended by a stroke in 1823, the start of a long period of ill-health which led to his death a decade later.

Ministry

02/11/1806                                03/31/1807

Lord Grenville – First Lord of the Treasury and Leader of the House of Lords

Charles James Fox – Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons

The Lord Erskine – Lord Chancellor

The Earl Fitzwilliam – Lord President of the Council

The Viscount Sidmouth – Lord Privy Seal

The Earl Spencer – Secretary of State for the Home Department

William Windham – Secretary of State for War and the Colonies

Viscount Howick – First Lord of the Admiralty

Lord Henry Petty – Chancellor of the Exchequer

The Earl of Moira – Master-General of the Ordnance

The Lord Ellenborough – Chief Justice, King’s Bench

Changes

September, 1806 – On Fox’s death, Lord Howick succeeds him as Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons. Thomas Grenville succeeds Howick at the Admiralty. Lord Fitzwilliam becomes Minister without Portfolio, and Lord Sidmouth succeeds him as Lord President. Lord Holland succeeds Sidmouth as Lord Privy Seal.

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On his resignation; “The deed is done and I am again a free man, and to you I may express what it would seem like affection to say to others, the infinite pleasure I derive from emancipation.

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Honourable Anne Pitt was born in 1772. She was the daughter of Thomas Pitt, 1st Lord Camelford, Baron of Boconnoc and Anne Wilkinson. She married William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, son of Rt. Hon. George Grenville and Elizabeth Wyndham, on 18 July 1792. She died on 13 June 1864. Her married name became Grenville. The marriage was childless.

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The Regency Timeline

My previous posts I’ve explained that I was working on the Regency timeline. I posted my entries for 1788 thru 1797.

Now I have the 1794 Timeline again. I went back added a significant amount of graphics. I will be doing this with all the years I previously posted and then ensuring that the new years have a lot of graphics as well.        

I have uploaded all these years to the Regency Assembly Press website. You can see a little preview of this below in the picture. I especially like how the Duchess of Alba by Goya looks a lot like Cher.

My sources which include the Internet and The Timetables of History by Grun and Stein1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__PastedGraphic-2012-06-18-04-56.jpg as well as the Chronology of CULTURE y Paxton and Fairfield should cover a lot of events. There are now over 5000 listed for the period between 1788 and 1837 when Victoria comes to the Throne. I have also just found a third book I own with timelines in it, very USA centric though. 1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__1__%252524%252521%252540%252521__PastedGraphic-2012-06-18-04-56.jpg What Happened When by Carruth. I also have added a Dorling Kindersley book PastedGraphic-2012-06-18-04-56.jpg, History of the World.

I may post a year at time every so often in between scanning through all these to find something that will be a good article for this blog and the blog at English Historical Fiction Authors. I will also have the full listing up shortly at Regency Assembly Press.

Those who have feedback, it is appreciated or if someone would like a specific year in a future post. The very first entry is to show who was Prime Minister of Great Britain, later it was the United Kingdom, during the period of the chronology. In choosing our dates, 1788 is the first sign of madness in George the III, it is the beginning of the end of the French Monarchy with the riots in Paris, it is the time when the mama’s of the girls during the true Regency would be girls going to London for their own season, and when our heroes are young lads or babes as well.

We need to know of the events that occurred when they were children, as well as what happens when they are on stage in our stories.

Click on the link below or the picture to go to the entry. More years coming. The list is now over 5000 event entries long and growing.

After the Regency Timeline, I plan to do a short addition on Regency Prime Ministers. They always come up in my research and I think we need a page where we can find out all about them in one place. Then, the Edwardian Timeline. I am thinking the years 1890 to 1918 (The end of WWI)

Regency Assembly Press 1794 Tineline

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The Writing LIfe

My new writing project is another regency, tentatively titled The Heir. I am now over 200 pages into it. The heroine of course can not stand the hero, who is trying to understand why she dislikes him so. Part of the action takes place in St. James Square, where I have located our Heroine’s home. That was written about, in a blog post from fellow writer Angelyn Schmid on her post about Let’s do Business in Bed.

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I enclose a few more paragraphs from the first draft.

Chapter 2

Sebastian could attest to that. He had met with the enemy at Corunna and tried his best to keep it from his memory. However, all too often in the depth of night, the remembrance of the battle would bring him forth from deep slumber. His brow heavy with sweat and his mind filled with the horrors of that battle.

The battle was now a little over three years gone. And still Sebastian was troubled by it. He was troubled a great many things. The battles effects troubled he that he often was awoken in the night when his dreams were distressed by the memories. When you see a human being torn apart by the cannon balls, more than one, it is a memory you wish you did not have and could never rid yourself of.

Drink helped, but then he never knew what night he would be set upon by these visages in his mind. And he was not in the habit of drinking so that he was in a stupor. Such a habit led to becoming an ondit of the Ton. And the only thing that the Ton did scold him for was his wooing of far too many women, and offering for none.

Sebastian had taken the advice of his uncle to heart. To find a woman to wed and beget more heirs for the Earldom of Bath. Ones the eighth Earl would take pride in. Three years more of his and Lady Elizabeth having no joy. And from what he had heard of his cousin Annabella and her first season, the hope that she would marry a man of quality was dashed when she surrounded herself like a ninny with only flatterers who knew to the farthing how much the Earl would part with, and what the estate would be worth should a son come of her body.

He had approached her once at Almacks but she had said all her dances were taken and she did not need his pity to be seen lifting her up. That was a fine how do you do, and should the Earl have been in attendance at Almacks, Sebastian would have been so embarrassed that he would not have been able to meet the man, who was his benefactor.

Annabella must have had some reflection or talked to the Countess who was always pleasant, for he had received a curtly written letter, which one might even take for an apology. You would have to be generous in order to do so. Sebastian had little idea that his cousin, whom he had not seen since before going down to Oxford, until the once at Almacks, was so proud that she could not be seen with her cousin, a commoner.

Or rather, he had been a commoner. His actions at Corunna had been recognized, and as the heir to the Earl of Bath, the Prince Regent had decided he should be a baronet. Sir Sebastian Lennox. A singular honor that he was to pay for the privilege. Prinny expected a nice gift for such a nice title, and that he be honored for some few months. Then, it was fine for Sebastian to leave the company of the Prince’s close circle and return to his own friends.

“Your cousin the Earl returns to Town, I see in the paper,” That was Marlowe. His father and the Earl had been good friends at one time. Some years back there had been a falling out. Sebastian was not sure why. He and Marlowe found that they favored the same play of cards at White’s and had become friends the last six months.

“Yes, he plans I am sure, to be ensconced on his bench when the House of Lords opens and gets down to business. The man is very much attuned and interested in politics.” Sebastian and Peter had talked of the Earl on some few occasions but usually the discussion of his cousin and Peter’s father did not arise.

“My father called me to his study the week before last and spoke to me at length of the Earl, and of my aunt. He, if you shall allow, told me all the sordid details.” And for the next few minutes, Peter explained how the Earl had offered for his aunt. How she had agreed, but a cavalry captain had come to also ask for her hand, after she had accepted the Earl. How she had loved the captain and was torn but in the end ran off with the officer. Who was dead not three months later from a sickness he had contracted most likely from his service in India. By then it was too late. The Earl had married the current Countess.

A woman that was known to Sebastian and he had only good things to say about. One didn’t say ill of a woman who you were related to, even to your closest friend. One never said ill of a lady. A shrew perhaps, but one honored a lady. Especially the Countess of Bath who was barren and the hopes of everyone, including Bass, seemed to be thwarted. “My father knows that we are friends and hopes that you shall come to dinner on occasion that he may hear of his old friend, and perhaps through our offices, if we deem the moment right, a reconciliation between the friends can be achieved.”

“Well, I am shocked, and though I should love to meet your father and do what I can, you should know that I am summoned to Lords when my cousin comes to Town, early when they sit. And then at the end of the season as they prepare to leave, I am invited to visit my cousin at St. James Square. I have been to dine there on occasion and the Countess has invited me to make evens for dinner, though now that my cousin, Lady Annabella has debuted, I was not needed last year. I fear my cousin has little regard for me. The girl. And that has caused the father to shun me somewhat. We did much better some years ago. He visited me at Oxford, and was quite about when my mother fell deathly ill shortly after our father died. We had no need to maintain much of a household then for the Earl bought James his commission, and paid for Hank to be a midshipman. He gave me an allowance at Oxford, and so we were sent to the corners of the globe. It was the girls who needed some mothering and family.”

Peter smiled, “I have met you sisters and know that you would not want to have had such young misses with you when you studied at Oxford.”

“Not so, I proposed that I should use my allowance and rent a small house for the girls there. The Earl sent them to my mother’s sister and paid handsomely for their upbringing. The eldest will be coming out this season, and the younger in two seasons hence. They both wish their other brothers, dressed smartly in their uniforms should attend them. Unfortunately all they have is myself.” Sebastian said. He looked forward to reuniting with his sisters, both to come to London in the next few weeks. He had the staff prepare the house, a nice townhouse that he rented on Panton Street. It was within walking distance or riding from everywhere.

“Well I look forward to meeting your sisters. I should imagine that they will be as pleasant as you old fellow. For the life of me I do not know how we have become friends.”

“It is because I bring calm to a life that was anything but. That, and we are quite successful when we partner at the card table.” Sebastian said.

“That is so. Do you realize I have not had to draw on my allowance since November? My father wanted to ask if I was alright or if I had stopped all my expenses. He was worried that he was to get a great dunning with hundreds of bills coming due all at once. That I had somehow convinced all my creditors to defer their settlements.”

Sebastian laughed, “I can not say quite the same. I still draw my allowance, though what money I have earned has been invested in land in Kent. Should the Earl ever be given a son, then I am out as heir, and though promised to be kept at my current generous estate, I should not want to be a burden to a man who must plan for the expenses of a son.”

Peter said, “Should that happen, then perhaps we should consider more cardplay. Our luck will only last for such a length of time that we best see how much we can manage to make from it as quickly as possible.”

That brought a laugh even as they were joined by the other two members of their set. Sir Francis Hamilton and Lord Beauchamp.

“Kit, Marlowe here was talking to me of trying to engineer a reconciliation with the Earl and his father. They were quite good friends at one time.” The Viscount Beauchamp’s mother was sisters to the Earl of Lennox’s first wife. That made Christopher Beauchamp the nephew of the Earl.

“Well, that would be awkward I think. My mother told me the whole story some time ago. And then reminded me of it after you came to dinner last week. She did not realize that you were the son of Sir Lambert. She said that your father had once been a welcome guest in my father’s house. That is before your aunt broke her engagement to my uncle. Can’t fault her. The man likes his horses, and likes Lords. Often say I can’t see much difference between the two of them.”

Sebastian thought that wasn’t very fair. Though he had not had as much interaction with his cousin, he had several long hours with the man. The man had more to him than his horses and the House of Lords.

“The interest that the Earl of Bath takes in the country by attending Lords, I should think you would consider admirable, my lord. How often did you attend Lords last year, was it twice I believe you boasted proudly?” That was Francis Hamilton. He said exactly what Sebastian was thinking. “Come Bass, I have heard you speak in favor of your cousin some few times. Not to mention that he gave you that courser last year and have we not made some money on his running, so his work at breeding horses is worthwhile as well.”

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Regency History

Often in my research I keep needing to find who was leading the government and do this through every book. I thought that having the list handy would be good, and then turning it into a research webpage even better. Here is the list. After I post a few more Timeline years and write some more, I will work on the web page with notes about each PM.

The next PM I am doing is Henry Addington and I am hosting a page devoted to him and then all our period PMs at Regency Assembly Press. That page is here.

Prime Ministers of England

William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland 04/02/1783
12/19/1783
Whig
William Pitt the Younger 12/19/1783
03/14/1801
Tory
Henry Addington 1st Viscount Sidmouth, “The Doctor” 03/14/1801
05/10/1804
Tory
William Pitt the Younger 05/10/1804
01/23/1806
Tory
William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville
02/11/1806
03/31/1807
William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland 03/31/1807
10/04/1809
Tory*
Spencer Perceval
10/04/1809
05/11/1812
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
06/08/1812
04/09/1827
George Canning
04/10/1827
08/08/1827
Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich
08/31/1827
01/21/1828
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
01/22/1828
11/16/1830
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
11/22/1830
07/16/1834
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
07/16/1834
11/14/1834
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
11/14/1834
12/10/1834
Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet
12/10/1834
04/18/1835
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
04/18/1835
08/30/1841
Tory* (Tory government, PM a Whig)

Henry Addington 1st Viscount Sidmouth, “The Doctor”

Born 05/30/1757 Holburn, London

Died 02/15/1844 London

Major Acts:

Treaty of Amiens 1802-The Intermission of the great world war with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France

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The son of a doctor (Anthony Addington), who was the Physician of the Elder Pitt, Henry Addington was the first middle-class prime minister, holding office from 1801 to 1804. Having served as Speaker of the House of Commons from 1789, Addington became PM when King George III rejected Pitt’s Emancipation of Catholics Bill, forcing his resignation.

Addington also enjoyed royal favour because he had treated George III as a doctor during one of his bouts of madness.

Addington’s ministry was most notable for the negotiation of the Treaty of Amiens of 1802, in which the government agreed to an unfavourable peace with France. A peace which didn’t last. It was a brief chance to catch their breath.

It quickly broke down, and Addington could not persuade Pitt to support him as war loomed on the continent. With Napoleon’s forces readying themselves for an invasion of Britain, Addington resigned.

A notably poor orator, Addington continued to serve under Pitt, and was later elevated to the House of Lords as Viscount Sidmouth. He went on to hold office in the governments of Grenville and Lord Liverpool.

Ministry

03/17/1801                        05/10/180

Henry Addington        First Lord of the Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer

Lord Eldon        Lord Chancellor

Lord Chatham        Lord President of the Council and Master-General of the Ordnance

Lord Westmorland        Lord Privy Seal

The Duke of Portland         Secretary of State for the Home Department

Lord Hawkesbury          Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

Lord Hobart        Secretary of State for War and the Colonies

Lord St Vincent        First Lord of the Admiralty

Lord Liverpool         President of the Board of Trade

Changes

  • May, 1801 – Lord Lewisham (who becomes Lord Dartmouth in July), the President of the Board of Control, enters the Cabinet
  • July, 1801 – The Duke of Portland succeeds Lord Chatham as Lord President (Chatham remains Master of the Ordnance). Lord Pelham succeeds Portland as Home Secretary.
  • July, 1802 – Lord Castlereagh succeeds Lord Dartmouth at the Board of Control.
  • August, 1803 – Charles Philip Yorke succeeds Lord Pelham as Home Secretary.

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“In youth, the absence of pleasure is pain, in old age the absence of pain is pleasure.”

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A Gilray cartoon:

A faint Britannia seated on bed with three “doctors,” William Pitt kicking Henry Addington and stepping on Charles James Fox. The figure of death, with Napoleon’s head, strides from behind bed curtains.

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