A Principle of Honour

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Honour Series: Part 1



When Sir Reginald Stanford died, leaving nothing but debts, his eldest daughter, Verity, felt responsible for her younger brother and sister's future. The deeds of the estate were missing and no
one, including their trustees, seemed willing to help. The only way to restore the family's fortunes lay by signing a contract with her nearest neighbour, Lord Melrose.



Could Major James Mitford, the troubled infantry officer injured at Salamanca, stop Verity from making a terrible mistake. Or would his past prevent him from being able to help?

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Submitted: March 26, 2017

Chapter 1 October 1812   ‘Cassie, I do not like the sound of that storm,’ Verity said looking... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

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Chapter 2   Just over a week ago, the Honourable Major James Mitford had been at his club, drowning his sor... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

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Chapter 3 ‘V,’ Cassie whispered, ‘are you awake?’ ‘I suppose I am now,’ Verity answered wearily. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 4

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Chapter 4 It had been nearly a week since the two unexpected guests had left Hadlands. And since then, much to Verity’s ... Read Chapter

Chapter 5

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Chapter 5   Verity shook her head and said, in almost a whisper, ‘no, no, thank you.’ ‘I will pour you one anyway,... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

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Chapter 6 As Melrose described in painful detail, his plans for Verity’s future, she felt numb. It did not take her long to realise... Read Chapter

Chapter 7

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Chapter 7 Verity had not protested when James, who had just mounted his horse, took her firmly by the waist and lifted her up so that... Read Chapter

Chapter 8

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Chapter 8 That night, Verity could not sleep. She just tossed and turned as unwelcome thoughts kept invading her conscience. She did ... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

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Chapter 9 September 1814 ‘Would you like some tea,’ Miss Crawford said to Verity as she motioned with her hand towards the te... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

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Chapter 10 April 1815 The journey to Brussels had been long and arduous and plagued with problems from the start... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

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Chapter 11 James had arrived in Brussels three weeks ago. He had been sent from Vienna, by the Duke himself, to plan for his anticipa... Read Chapter

Chapter 12

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Chapter 12 ‘Verity,’ Maisie said in a fierce whisper, later that night after they had both gone to bed, ‘you are indeed a dark ... Read Chapter

Chapter 13

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Chapter 13 Once Verity had returned to school, after her meeting with Mr Huntley, she had begun to make the necessary prepa... Read Chapter

Chapter 14

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Chapter 14 Late on Sunday night, when everyone at the school was safely tucked up in bed, Verity and Maisie crept out. The only creat... Read Chapter

Chapter 15

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Chapter 15 ‘Well,’ Cassie said, once they had entered a large bedchamber, ‘this is a surprise.’ Cassie sat down on a stool ne... Read Chapter

Chapter 16

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Chapter 16 As Ellington walked back into the salon, he caught Emerald’s eye. She placed her hand on the arm of the gentleman she wa... Read Chapter

Chapter 17

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Chapter 17 ‘Get in there,’ Captain Richardson said sharply to Verity and Maisie, ‘and take one of those blankets and cover your... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

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Chapter 18 ‘Miss Stanford,’ she heard a man whisper, ‘wake up.’ Verity opened her eyes slowly and blinked several times, ... Read Chapter

Chapter 19

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Chapter 19 Verity looked at her astonished, and then managed to say, in barely a whisper, ‘my mother?’ ‘Was your mother Lad... Read Chapter

Chapter 20

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Chapter 20 By the next evening, Verity had packed up all her belongings and had moved into the Harrington’s townhouse. Lady Harring... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

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Chapter 21 James had just had another busy day. The little intelligence he had received from France, had been confusing. It did not h... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

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Chapter 22 The next morning, after the soirée at the Marlow’s, James left Brussels. He had been called away on urgent business by ... Read Chapter

Chapter 23

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Chapter 23 The morning after the Wrexham’s ball, Verity visited Lady Harrington in her bedchamber. The shutters and curtains were s... Read Chapter

Chapter 24

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Chapter 24 It was a few hours before dawn when the night was at its darkest when Verity left the ball. As she travelled back from the... Read Chapter

Chapter 25

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Chapter 25 ‘Verity, thank goodness you’ve come back, I was so worried about you,’ Lady Harrington said as she walked over to he... Read Chapter

Chapter 26

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Chapter 26 James was exhausted. It had begun to rain a couple of hours ago, and there was no sign that it was going to stop anytime s... Read Chapter

Chapter 27

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Chapter 27 Verity felt numb. She sat in a chair by the fire, in the Harrington’s drawing room, holding the small collection of item... Read Chapter

Chapter 28

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Chapter 28 October 1815 It was a dark grey November morning, and the days were drawing in. Everyone at the Bristol Academy was co... Read Chapter

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