“Thomas Pagnell of Trehannez,
from Captain Todd, Falmouth, 1806,”
Front address panel has Cornwall written at the top right hand corner, Post Paid L Todd in the bottom left corner, and is addressed
To Thomas Pagnell Esqre
On the outside of the letter is a note by the recipient
22nd July 1806 Capt Todd about Francis going to trial.
The letter is sealed with black sealing wax showing a fox with a bushy tail and the entwined, engraved initials LT which is mentioned in the last paragraph of the letter.
,This is a three-page letter on very heavy dark cream paper with no watermark. Most of the writing is legible, but there are some words which are less certain, so I have put a question mark in brackets beside those queries.
Cronarth (?)The writer has then turned the paper upside down and written across the bottom of each page, but I cannot work out if they are separate sentences or joined.
perhaps the sooner you take an opportunity of speaking to Norway the better
This image shows the writing at the top is upside down, and then the text follows from page 2 of the letter on the next page
do when the young Folk have any leisure desire my journal Book to be sent me that I may send an order for the Balance.
On the outside of the letter is this paragraph
The black wax with which this letter is sealed is for Mrs Mitchell (Mrs Todd’s mother) who died last Thursday and is to be buried tomorrow. Pray if you have an opportunity mention it to Mr and Mrs Pike and to Mrs Paul with our kind regards.
I could not find online or in my atlas places named Cronarth, nor Trehannez but did find a reference to the 1801 census, giving the population of St Columb as 1816 persons, on the Genuki Cornwall site.
(*) Indian Queens is a village near St Columb, which may have been the collection point for the mail coaches.
(**) The Surveyor General he referred to at that time was Lord Robert Spencer, but I could not identify who would have been the Secretary to the Ordinance. The ‘recent change’ he mentions in this sentence refers to the political unrest because of the death of Pitt the Prime Minister in January of 1806 and the subsequent government upheaval, resulting in what the contemporary wits called “All the Talents” because of its broad and comprehensive character, from the far left to the far right. This was the period of the almost constant wars against Napoleon, but it was generally believed that this would end, and there would be peace with a victory by Britain.
I could find no information about the writer Captain Todd, nor his ship, which he mentions, saying that he is on shore leave. So if anyone reading this has any information about the addressee or the writer, I would be delighted to know about it.
Sources : Great Britain Post Roads, Post Towns and Postal Rates 1635-1839Alan Roberton Robertson |
A History of England Charles Oman
Copyright By EARS Leisurewrite
back to Old Letters
Return To our Home Page