Dear “Mr. Gray”;
I’m sorry to hear that you are feeling so dampened by our surroundings. Truly, I am surprised to find that you are so despondent over our environment here. The world around you is lush enough with anything you could want and I dare say, you’ve been very lucky in most regards. Still, such harsh words. A prison you say? Is it truly on account of the seasonal change? I should think that where we came from might have prepared you for such conditions. It was hardly ideal and while I imagine that you had some baser enjoyment in mind when you wrote of the delights of our former residence, I will remind you that we both would have been made to answer to a more ill-tempered warden there. You’ll forgive me for suggesting that perhaps nostalgia has been a bit kinder to your memory than it has to mine. But that will do for our customary trading of personal barbs. I wouldn’t want for you to exhaust all your pleasantries in your next letter.
A truly surprising turn of events on account of a dreadful chore needing to done. While I am pleased to know that this is no longer something of our concern, I am, however, a bit on the curious side about the aftermath. As we both know, all detritus has its origins and while I have no interest in contending with business that does not suit our needs, I would be most grateful if you might keep an eye out for anything that might make its way into our environment. You know how newcomers are. They get lost so easily and it is so much more frustrating having to teach them the ways out here. Much more humane, if you will, to allow them to keep the shine on their shoes elsewhere and help them to avoid the county dust from settling on their fancy clothes.
Regrettable news, indeed. I will be making arrangements with the bank this week and by the time this letter reaches you, I will have spoken with Mr. Glass and will be able to report back that everything is nominal. In regards to the gutless swine who attempted to access my account, I look forward to your follow-up report. I appreciate your diligent efforts in this matter and I have the utmost faith that you will be able to provide more information to me soon. You can expect to see compensation for your troubles with my letter and I’m sure you’ll find it most generous. For now, you can rest assured that my standing in the bank is as it should be and that the accounts are not only stable but there is more growth. Mr. Glass was able to negotiate with some of my associates in London as well as another in Paris. The European accounts have been taken care of and there is no worry there to concern ourselves with further.
Speaking of Mr. Glass, at time of writing, he is unfortunately unable to connect with you for a meeting. Aside from his many accounts that he tends to, the poor fellow is rather ill. This weather, it does not seem to agree with the man at all. I suspect that he should find himself seeking warmer climates before the first snow fall and as such, he will likely be difficult to get a hold of afterwards. I will forward your wishes to meet with him, however.
I trust that cousin Johnny boy is back at full health. Does he remember anything about his encounter with his little starlet? I’m sure that he was exaggerating, of course, about his little encounter. We cannot be distracted too much by every fantastic tale that these young bucks tell us. They are truly only interested in sowing some of those wild oats, as the saying here goes, and while I haven’t any interest in following their lead, I do suppose that I understand. Unless cousin Johnny is truly discovering something of true importance, I think that we can allow him to return to his youthful dalliances. After all, this is hardly the first time that we’ve gotten word of our young friend making a fool of himself in the presence of a lady. There was that time last spring when he was found in a shameful state outside of the grand hotel on main street. Then there was also that incident that might have made headlines had he not come to his senses and realized that he was not so interested in his lady friend of the moment. Cousin Johnny has rarely shown himself to be discerning with his company and while I am more interested in hearing more about what he recalls from his encounter, I doubt very highly that he will be able to tell us much. He has been, after all, very difficult to work with in the past in that regard, if I recall correctly.
It surprises me that you would bring up the Kent family. While I do praise your keen eye on these matters and this is why I insist on keeping you under my employ, I do wonder why we must give the wretched fiends on the edge of town our attention. I was unaware of there even being a Lady Kent and while I might be moved to pity any woman foolish enough to marry Master Reginald, I should think that anyone who might wish to remain long enough to survive the honeymoon is a lady fit for such a man. Truly, I have kept less deplorable company while dealing with street thieves and pick pockets in London and would sooner wish to associate with such people again than have to contend with the Kent family. Let us allow the old money to rot itself into obscurity where it belongs and focus our attentions on the modern world, shall we?
In regards to the woman whom you noticed, this does surprise me that she should find herself in the company of those jackals but it does not matter in the end. She is only of concern to me because of her appearance in town and I wish to know if she is at all present anywhere that might interfere with our regular operations. As our associates have shown us, we have quite a few young, eligible and ultimately impressionable men who might find themselves thinking of finer things come the onset of winter. Some of them are foolish enough to think even of matrimony when the days get longer and they become less acquainted with the warmth that the sun had taken from them. I may be young, Mr. Gray, but I am at least capable of keeping my mind and focus where it ought to be in matters of business. It’s a trait that I find, quite unfortunately, is often times lacking in other gentlemen of my generation and while it is of no concern to me if men such as cousin Johnny wish to enjoy wasting their time on fruitless and ultimately humiliating pursuits, I find that I am more concerned on how it affects their performances. Please do keep an eye out to see if any of our dear friends seem to have found a new direction for their attention.
Finally, I am disturbed by the news that Brother Edward has not responded to your calls. Shall I make a point to contact him myself or do you feel it is best that you cater to him? He is, after all, so particular in that regard. I do understand that he may very well be busy and should that be the case, I would like to know as soon as possible that he has returned. No doubt, he will have plenty to discuss with you and if that is to happen, know that I have no interest in interfering with your meetings. Should you require anything for said meetings, contact me at once and I will see to it that you have everything you need at your disposal. I do hate to hear of you and Brother Edward forced to find your own amenities. For all our disagreements, I think it is safe to say that such a lack of care in attending to these matters is the height of rudeness and I will not stand for it. Do keep me posted as soon as you require anything. I insist upon it.
With that, I take my leave. I have finished the majority of the first of my staff quarters and will be able allow the men to take their leave before the first snow fall of the year. Everything else is according to plan and I have more projects to look over but there are good prospects on the horizon. I will see to it that they are profitable and perhaps you’ll find yourself a bit more forgiving of your prison.
Kindest regards from your warden,