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Letter from Eleanor Fowden to John Fowden  of Brinnington, Nr Stockport

This is a letter from a niece to her Uncle.

The letter refers to servant troubles and the search for suitable staff.  A John Fowden appears on the 1871 census and he appears to have sorted his servant problems.

Eleanor Fowden appears in the 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses.  In the 1861 she and her mother are living in Preston Lane Chorley with a number of servants.  There is a Mr Fisher mentioned in the letter and Eleanor and her mother are shown living with George Fisher, Baptist minister, and his wife in Weston Super Mare in 1871.  The minister and Mrs Fisher are shown as boarders with the mother as head.  Eleanor is shown lodging with them in Clifton in 1881.  By then she seems to have inherited, as she is shown as deriving a living from land.  By 1891 George Fisher and his wife are living with two servants in Beaconsfield Road Weston Super Mare.  No Eleanor to be found.  She was born around 1836.  Her mother was born in 1792.

The spelling is as per the letter. Note the arcane use of the f style s where there is a double ss as in addrefs. I cannot replicate this on the computer.

14 July 1868

My dear Uncle

I was quite grieved by letter of the 10th Inst to find that you were still so much inconvenienced by your servant.  It was inexcusable in her to abuse the trust you have shown by leaving the house without your leave, & I hope you give her warning on the spot.

As to Miss Baldwin I fear we must wait a little as she had only been one week on trial in her new place, but I mean to write again to my cousin a bout her, & get the addrefs I am making inquiry in other quarters also, as I do feel very anxious about your lonely position & we all wish it was in our power in any way to afsist you in this matter. 

My dear Mother is not well to day, her side which has troubled her so much, being again very painful.

I hope your health continues as well as when you were here.  If  I can hear of anyone, likely to suit you I will make you acquainted with the particulars, as soon as pofsible.

I am commifsioned by Mr Fisher to enclose the accompanying circular with his kind regards.

My Mother writes with me in love & believe me dear uncle

your affectionate niece

Eleanor Fowden

J Fowden Esq