Letters to Thomas Warren Esq.
(at Truro from Francis Enys in Bath telling of his sister Dorothy’s death, written on January 31st 1784)
The polite attensions which I have received from you, makes me unwilling that Chance should aquaint you with the sad, sad, event, which yesterday took place in our Family. My poor Sister was seized about ten days since, with a nervous complaint attended with Spasms in her stomach; well knowing the Weakness of her Frame of Body to be unequal to any violent struggle, I was not totaly unprepared for the Blow, which followed. On Thursday She appeared to be better, and went to Bed, and slept with more composure than she had lately done She continued in this placid state the whole night, and indeed never was out of it, but by ceasing to breathe, without a struggle, without even a Sigh. I need not say how much this has affected me; by a Person of Sensibility my situation may more easily be conceived than described. The Capt is at present at Worcester and totaly ignorant of the Scene which awaits him, but which this (Task)? Must advertise him of. I beg my Love to Mrs Warren your Sisters, and all your Family, the good Folks at Truro
I am dear Sir your truly affectionate and distressed Friend Enys
Mrs Penrose desires her Respects to Your Family.
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Another letter to Thomas Warren from Francis this time about Sister Dorothy’s Will. Dated March 30th 1784.
I am just returned from London, where I have been to settle all Affairs relating to my Sisters Will, of which she has left me the Executor, with a Legacy of five hundred pounds. She has left an Annuity of fifty pounds to Fanny Penrose; and the Residuum to be equally divided between my Brother and Myself. She has also left fifteen Guineas to be distributed in the Neighbourhood of Enys, the Towns of Falmouth, and Penryn, at the Discretion of her Executor. I shall be much obliged to you, if you will take upon you, the distribution of this Money. If any of the old Servants of Enys, are in Being, and in Want of it such as the old Gardener, Jenny Serle and George Bethenson let them have a Guinea each, or two Guineas if they are in Nesessing,and the Remainder of ten Guineas, you will either give at your own Discrection,or leave it with Mr Temple, for that purpose. For the remaining part of the fifteen, being five Guineas you will be kind enough to send it to Mrs Winchester at Falmouth, who with Miss Betty Penrose, knows some Objects in that Town, where my Sister used to (relieve)? I suppose that all matters relating to Wheal Chance, must be settled, and the Materials sold; if so, I should be glad if you would make up any Account, that I may settle that Matter with you, for I have long been your Debtor. I apprehend that you received the ten pound Legacy which was left to my Sister, by my Uncle, and which you have not accounted to her for, let that be part of your Payment. I have also at last finished the Business at the Heralds Office, and now think myself entitled to charge thirteen Guineas, to the Trustees; if I was to charge for my own Trouble and Attendance, it ought to be a more considerable Sum, I would not undertake it again, for fifty, however it is now completed to the present day. My Aunt at Richmond, by the Advise of Mr Simpson, and Mr Lewin, is about to pay off the Legacies due to your Family a Procedure which I strongly expressed, when I was with Her on this occasion. As to our Legacies, I have before told her, that if she chose it, they should remain where they were at the same Interest,tho’ I have often said enough to make her believe, that I wish these also to be paid, but this, I fear, She will not have the heart to do. We shall remain at Bath till the middle of May, when we mean to take another Trip to the North of England Have we no chance of seeing you at Bath before that Time? I hope Mrs W is perfectly recovered before this time, to whom I beg my Love and Compliments and to Mrs Cardew, and the rest of your Family, and best wishes attend them, and all the good Folks at Truro, The Captain He present joins in all these god Wishes with
Your very affectionate F Enys
(The Captain being his brother John Enys)
Letter to Thomas Warren from Francis Enys about the illness of his uncle Samuel Enys (1714-1783) at Richmond Surrey, May 25th 1783
My brother, and I arrived here yesterday, and I am very sorry to say, found my poor Uncle extremely ill, tho’ rather better than he had been. He had but a bad Night, last Night, and tho’ from my Experience of his Recovery last year, I am inclined still to hope for the best, yet his state is such, that nothing but that, could at all encourage Hope. My Aunt begs her Compliments to you and Mrs Warren is much obliged for your kind offer of Service, but is much concerned that her present distress state will not prevent her, to offer her Attensions to Mrs Warren, and Miss Lucy. Indeed my dear Sir, you cannot easily conceive a more distress situation than we all are in at present, Providence will however, I trust, (?) us thro’ it, at all Events. When you see Mr Andrews, I beg my Compliments and many thanks for His Note, which perhaps He may be surprised I did not sooner attend to, but I had very satisfactory Reasons for my Conduct. Pray give my Compliments also to Miss A Love to Mrs Thorpe, and the Children all. Compliments to Mrs Warren, and Lucy, and if they will come down to Richmond to see the (?) I still hope my Uncle will be well enough, so permit me to attend them in the Survey. If not, I still trust, that I may be able to view the inside of no 161.The Capt: joins me in Compliments to you and Mrs (?) and remains with me
Yours sincerely and affectionately F Enys
(Inside no 161 means Thomas’ address in Piccadilly)
Letter to Thomas Warren from Francis Enys telling of the death of his Uncle Samuel Enys at Richmond Surrey May 31st 1783.
When you were here yesterday, you heard the State that our poor Friend was in, from which I did not expect that he could ever recover, tho’ I did not at that time expect that his Dissolution was so near, as it afterwards happened to be. He died last night about eleven, very early and without a struggle. My Aunt desires me to make you Apologies, for the Request I am going to make, which is, if you can make it convenient to come down to Richmond, for an Hour or two on Saturday Morning. My Uncle in his Will has left Legacies of seventy Pounds cash, to you, and your Brother and Sister; By my Aunts desire I read the Will, to know if anything was mentioned about his Funeral. I beg my Compliments to Mrs Warren, and Lucy, and my dear Sir
Your afflicted but affectionate Cousin F Enys
The Capt and my Aunt beg Compliments and are as well as can be expected after such a severe Loss. I have written a Note to Mrs Thorpe, at J.P.Andrews at Brompton That direction I suppose, is sufficient. I wish you would be so kind as to call at Spratts, and get the Ballance of my Account from him and bring it with you it is about eighteen pounds, I believe, F Enys.
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