2230 - Ann Twining to Mary Twining, 13 August 1799

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St Faiths August 13th 1799

My dear Grand Mother,

I intended to have written to you, a
week ago, but I delayed it on account of our {?Yarmouth}
expedition, thinking that would furnish some enter=
=taining anecdotes - Considering the bad weather which
we have had of late, we thought ourselves very fortu=
=nate in having fine mornings - On the road to
{?Yarmouth} we met a regiment of soldiers - some
walking and others riding, with all possible haste
in their way from thence to Canterbury. At Oakely
my Uncles horses were in danger of being taken
out of the Stable to be put into a Waggon, but
luckily the expected horses arrived just in time.
This would have quite disconcerted our plan. I {^was} much
pleased with Yarmouth which place I had never
seen before. I should have always been by the sea
had that distance been so great, but it was
a {?fay} from the Market place. You ill think
us very bold when I tell you to, we went a party
to sea in an open boat and went on board Admiral
Dixon's ship, the Scorpion. When I got into the boat
I thought to have been accompanied only by

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Richard, Daniel, and John, with Mr Johnson, Lieutenant
of the Scorpion; but I was glad of the addition to our
party of Mr Jer: {?Harwys} three daughters. The wind was
high and the ship {^sea} rough. I had no {^fear} on any thing but
sickness. Before we had got half way I lost all
enjoyment of the thing, and long before we got
to the ship I was sick, and wished for nothing but
to get back to the shore. One of the Miss Harveys and
John were ill as soon as they got on the deck
of the ship. For my party I scarcily opend my eyes the
whole time and not once after I got into boat on my
return home; as a proof of which I was not aware
that we sailed back. Richard who dreaded the
thing (more than any of the party was not ill, in
the least. Daniel was coming home. This we
called pleasuring, and {^{?society} a Man of War. Several
people thought it too rough a day for ladies. On
Friday evening we left Yarmouth and went to
Lowestoft - another new place to me, and one
that altogether pleased me more that the other.
A better shore though shinggly - On Sunday
morning we proceeded to Loddon from thence
to the much admired Cottage at St Faiths -
we are all very happy here, as much so as riding

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walking, and hay making can make us - The framers
croak very much about the harvest, which will be
at least a Month later this year than it was
last - The heavy rains which we have had of late
have laid the wheat very much, which will be
mildewed should the wet continue. It was a great
disappointment to me, that my new horse which
promised so well should prove lame. I wish I could get
a sight of my dear Mary-Ann for I hear that she grows
a very fine child and that she is very forward [damaged]
age. I hope she will do her Aunt great credit [damaged]
This has been the first day we have had free from [damaged]
rain since your birthday and the weather wise folks
in this part of the world flatter us with the idea of
a continuance of summer. I met the Miss Dankes
some time ago at Calton. They are nice merry girls
and enjoy the company of a young person, [deleted] which
the rarely have at the Town Close. Miss D grows very
tall and thin, and I fear is not very healthy, but
Emily is a nice fat good humoured girl. Mr & rs {?Inns}
(their Grand Father & G. Mother) are going to take them to
to Lowestoft for a week, which will be very pleasant
to them. I am sorry that we are to lose the company
of my Uncle and Rich and and Daniel so soon. John
will miss his brother Daniel very much as they are
famous play fellows. We have been very busy all
this day in hay making, a true rustic employment
which suits with St Faiths. I meant to have written
a letter to my Uncle, by Richard, but as he does not

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Augt 13. 1799
from St Faiths to Yarmouth
& Lwestoff
Went a Board the Scorpion
{?Too} Miss Drake of the Close

Miss Twining
34 Essex Street

go so soon, I rather think I shall put him to the
expense of one by post. I am in daily expectation of
hearing from Mrs Pot as she has not yet given me
a line - I must beg you to give my love both to her
and to George, and {?likewise} my dear Grand Mother
your ever dutiful & affte G Daughter
A Twining

[illeg] ahd then a large
Garrison which was much
{?noticed} by the Harveys, [illeg] &c


Ann Twining to Mary Twining, 13 August 1799

Ann reports to her grandmother that she has seen a battalion of soldiers on the road to Yarmouth. She then describes how a group have taken a small open boat to board the ship, the Scorpion. She is sick before they get half way to the ship, as are others in the group. One observed it was too rough for the ladies. She discusses children in the family and ‘merry girls’ in the neighbourhood, including those who grow ‘fat’ and ‘thin’.

Twining Family

MS 39930, Vol.II, 318-319v

British Library




St Faiths

[?Horsham St Faith's] [?Newton St Faiths, Norfolk, England]

No.34 Essex Street, Strand, London