I have had quite a conference with your father and defended your position as eloquently as I possibly could. I have never rallied for anything in the whole of my life as much as I have for this. Your father is not of a mind to give me much ear, but I did not relent. The negotiation that came of my zealousness required that I make great promises on your behalf, but your father has agreed to stay his hand if, and only if, you agree to fulfill the following expectations:
• Assume the management of the estate associated with your current title.
• Employ a capable secretary who will help you organize yourself and move you forward to the running of your holding and management of your lifestyle and funds. You father will approve this choice before it is fully determined.
• Conduct yourself with greater decorum amid society, presenting yourself as befitting you station.
• Make an adequate match with a woman of respectability before the season ends and marry her my Michaelmas, in six months' time.
If you can agree to these provisions, your father is willing to forgo his decision to disinherit you. I cannot impress upon you enough that you must rise to this, Charles. You must be committed to this course. Should you fail to meet these expectations, both you and I will pay a heavy price.
My dear boy, it is the greatest wish of my mother's heart that you shall embrace this as an opportunity to find joy and comfort. I beg of you to make the amends necessary with your father to make this course work. Become a man your parents can be proud of. I beg you to do it.
Your Loving Mother,