My Particular Friend footnotes: The Poison Pen Affair 5

Beginning with We Meet Mr Hickham:

‘She brings £500 in the three percents and upon the death of my cousin another £1,000, for as I may have told you my cousin is excessively fond of my sweet child. And my clever husband has also secured for her another £2,000 in the five percents, and then there is my mother’s plate, which my father never cared for—men never understand the value of what they’re eating on—which devolved to me thanks to my mother’s agreement when she was wed. So all in all I think Mr Hickham cannot think that we bring nothing to the table.

The three, five percents: government bonds
‘Oh, but look how gracefully Sophia dances with that Mr Henshaw. He does cut a fine figure in his red coat. Of course, he’s only with the militia and I doubt he’ll afford a commission any time soon. Still, Sophia enjoys dancing with a man in uniform and I don’t think there is any great harm in it.’
afford a commission: it was possible to buy a commission in the British Army until 1871. And an officer could sell his commission when he wished to retire.
I turned to see the man on whom Mrs Ashby had set her daughter’s cap. He had a fine figure, taller than Charlotte with jet-black, thick hair and refined features atop a muscular physique that spoke of athletic pursuits. No little wonder at Mrs Ashby’s excitement, I thought, £10,000 a year in his own right and the eldest son of a baron; she had a right to be enraptured at the thought of her daughter making such an alliance.
baron: the fifth and final degree of the Peerage, barons are referred to as Lord Something and never Baron Something, except in legal documents. The son of a baron is referred to as Mr Somebody and not Lord Somebody, unless he has achieved that honor on his own or upon succeeding to that title.
‘My dear Mrs Ashby, how delightful to see you,’ he said, with a sweep of his arm to accompany his bow. ‘But where is the fair Miss Ashby?’
‘You see her dancing to Highgate, Mr Hickham.’
dancing to Highgate: presumably a reference to the dance A Trip to Highgate
‘No, I have already claimed Miss House and she has kindly agreed. You, my dear, need some refreshment. You are flushed and could hardly sustain another dance.’
‘I am rather knocked up,’ she agreed. ‘Mama, let’s let Frederick have his dance while we find some negus.’
knocked up: fatigued, tired
negus: a hot drink of port, sugar, lemon, and spices. Not the leader of the Ferengi Alliance

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