“I shall not renew the sentiments that were so… disgusting to you. But if I may, I will address the two offenses you have led against me. My father loved Mr. Wickham as a son and consequently left him a generous living. But upon my father’s death, Mr. Wickham announced he had no intention of taking orders. He demanded the value of the living which he was given and which he gambled away within weeks. He then wrote demanding more money which I refused, after which he severed all acquaintance. He came back to see us last summer at which point he declared passionate love for my sister whom he tried to persuade to elope with him. She is to inherit 30,000 pounds. When it was made clear he would never receive a penny of that inheritance, he disappeared. I will not attempt to convey the depth of Georgiana’s despair. She was fifteen years old.
As to the other matter—that of your sister and Mr. Bingley—though the motives which governed me may to you appear insufficient, they were in the service of a friend.”