Written by bridget d
(4/17/2013 4:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Order of events, penned by Therese
I dont think it is at all clear when Mr Collins senior died. Mr C refers to wishing to heal the breach but I think it is likely he waited some time before he approached Mr Bennet. Possibly Mr C Sen died the year before, and now a year later, MR C feels that he need not go by his father's wishes any longer.
He was ordained at Easter, and got his living from Lady C presumably around that time or shortly after, so he had a decent income and a home to offer to a wife. He is now settled in his clerical role probalby for some months and wants to find a wife. And now he feels he can offer some kind of compensation to the Bennets, to heal the quarrel. I wouldn't say he was "very poor". Probably his father was not at all well off and was alsos miserly but while he seems to have lived quietly, he probably had some kind of small income or he couldn't have "supported the character of a gentleman".