giving a wife <of> Mrs. Micawber's experience any other recommendation

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park sang joon

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The narrator recalls his adolescence.
He received a letter asking for an advice from his old friend Mr. Micawber's wife.
Middle aged Mr. Micawber went bankrupt twice, and now works as a clerk for a local lawyer.

I did not feel justified in giving a wife of Mrs. Micawber's experience any other recommendation, than that she should try to reclaim Mr. Micawber by patience and kindness (as I knew she would in any case); but the letter set me thinking about him very much.
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I'd like to know if "of" means "with" here.
Thank you in advance for your help.
  • Cagey

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    Yes, "with" would give about the same meaning -- a wife with as much experience as he knew Mrs. Micawber had.

    He didn't want to recommend anything except kindness to a Mrs. Micawber, knowing how much experience she had.
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