It must have been Stanton who had told his father about Rupert. The London solicitors knew: they had seen both the marriage licence and the birth certificate, as per his father's instructions. If his father had been paying full attention to their correspondence, however, he would have assumed that Edward's new family were in Italy, and not in London as his letter implied. Stanton wanted Edward focussed on his work, and not gallivanting about being a father to Rupert, no matter that he himself went home to his wife and children in, Edward assumed, Guildford, every night.
He didn't blame the man for how his father had used the information. Stanton, while he knew a lot about the Peveril family, didn't know just how ruthless the Dukes had been throughout history in their efforts to preserve the line. There was no time to challenge him; Edward had to come up with a new plan and put it into effect without delay.
I plan to end the year with a variety of extracts from other stories, while I'm concentrating editing the book that started me on Edward's story, Searching for Julia (which I always think of as Linda's story for reasons that probably only the picowrimo folk will follow).
To see what other people have been posting this week, go to the website here and follow the links to all the story extracts, with something to suit every taste.