French Bread and Fancy Buiscits

Finished bundle 40.24 yesterday, and in addition to what I mentioned in yesterday’s post there was:

1. Caernarvon Road Bill 1832
5. Mortgage of tolls Nangwynant Rd 1805.
6. Case examining the wills of Lord Penrhyn and Lady Penrhyn (Richard Pennant and Anne Susannah). Includes list of some chattels and ownership. Also includes details of case relating to the construction and maintenance of a railway from the Quarry to be managed by Samuel Worthington.

I found the list of household items owned, and by who, fascinating. Richard and Anne Susannah had 3 Sedan chairs, one for him and two for her, and the inventory of kitchen items was intriguing… a ‘pea strainer in three parts’? I found it interesting that the glass for the glasshouse was listed as well as the ‘melons within’. I think this was an inventory of items held in their English houses however, not Penrhyn. It would be lovely to have such an in-depth list of kitchenalia etc for Penrhyn during th period as well, although I would assume that their set up would have been similar.

Sadly, no more on Mr Valentine.

I then moved on to a locked leather satchel, the lock in itself suggestive of some hidden secrets. One side of the satchel is broken though so it is possible to get the contents out and have a look. They seem to date from Edward Gordon Douglas-Pennant’s time.

It seems that quite a bit of spending goes on when a new person inherits the estate (understandably) and the satchel contains mainly receipts (or vouchers) from 1840/41. Interesting to note the difference in spending between heirs. George Sholto seems to have gone straight into giving Penrhyn an overhaul, spending lavishly on furnishings, whereas Edward Gordon seems to have gone mainly for spending of a more personal nature: clothing, army supplies and there’s even a receipt in there for items from a chemist, including some toothbrushes and tooth powder. What I found quite sweet were the vouchers for children’s clothing (bonnets, mittens etc), including a few blue items, bought by Mrs Douglas-Pennant, all dating from 1841 – for George Sholto or his brother perhaps? A sad image of a loving mother purchasing for her young children, who were to loose her a year later.

For the first time I also found a receipt for a donation to a charity. £5 to the Destitute Sailors’ Asylum and £1 to the associated Episcopal Floating Church. Already I’m getting the feeling that Edward Gordon’s reputation as the liked Lord Penrhyn may be one he lives up to in the evidence.

I must confess I have already taken to the man having found this receipt:

Any man with a predilection for fancy biscuits is ok with me.


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