lets loose the reins of my imagination - fantasy begins to mingle with fact (I am an avid reader of historical family novels),
and I think we have great potential for a wonderfully romantic beginning here!!
have this wonderful picture in my head of a military ball in Dublin in 1845, maybe in Dublin Castle, where military balls
were often held at that time. In the ballroom stands a beautiful raven haired Mary Jane Fleming, in
a wonderful flowing powder blue gown, hair piled up on top of her head, delicately
decorated with little white rosebuds. Her future husband Sergeant of Lancers John Gibbons Mathews stands close beside
her, while her Royal Irish Artillery Officer father David Fleming watches them from across the ballroom, and frowns as he takes a long thoughtful pull at his cigar!!
As the evening wears on, David becomes more and more aware that his beautiful daughter, and the impressive young Sergeant
by her side, are obviously very much in love, and he becomes increasingly concerned for his daughter. Twice already a soldier has nearly broken her heart, and he is not going to allow it to happen again!
to contain himself any longer, he moves purposefully over to where John and Mary Jane are standing.
Jane sees her father coming - that look on his face is familiar - and decides
it is time to go and visit the powder room. She whispers something quietly to
John and moves gracefully away.
looks askance at his daughter as she leaves, then bursts out with, "Sir, just what, exactly, are your intentions towards my
daughter and what are your prospects"?
John looked at David thoughtfully,
then replied, "Sir, my intention is to marry your daughter. As for my prospects - well - my father Henry Maxwell
Mathews is a Gentleman, and by the time that our future son Henry Maxwell David Mathews will marry his Jane Dunnell, I too
sir, will be a Gentleman"!