Beginning with Mr Wallace Reports:
The rules of the Code Duello encouraged a delay before issuing a formal challenge. Rule 15, for instance, reads: “Challenges are never to be delivered at night, unless the party to be challenged intend leaving the place of offense before morning; for it is desirable to avoid all hot-headed proceedings.”
Part of the confusion here is who is the injured party. Rule 10: “Any insult to a lady under a gentleman’s care or protection to be considered as, by one degree, a greater offense than if given to the gentleman personally, and to be regulated accordingly.” Is not calling a woman “the most beautiful woman I have ever seen” tantamount to an insult and is she under Mr Jenkin’s care?