Posted by ElaineL on January 09, 1998 at 11:36:02:
In response to No Problem, written by Ken on January 08, 1998 at 09:07:04
Thanks again, Ken, for sharing your informed insights. Military engagements held little interest for me when I was in school--oh so many years ago. Interestingly, it is only now, when I have a connection with a particular passion (JA's writings and times) I find myself interested in England's/Europes military needs and engagements. The connections are much clearer now.
I have also wondered at Col. F's ability to stay at Rosings for an indefinite time. When I wrote his military obligations into a story in Fanfic, I decided he must be somehow involved with training. I am happy to see from your observations that I may not be far off.
A question, though, if he had been in charge of the battalion in training, would it have been likely/possible he would have been called to serve in the Peninsular War? I'm thinking it would have coincided with our supposed publish date of Pride and Prejudice (1810/11 ish).
Maybe another question while I'm at it--what did these gentlemen do if they sold their commision? In the US, currently, it seems many go into politics. But England's system seems very different than this. Would a younger son of an Earl have been seated in the House of Commons? I would guess not in the House of Lords. Any thoughts?
Again, let me thank you for making this all very interesting and engaging. Learning is a more wonderous adventure when you have obsessed acquaintences to share it with.
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