Dear Gomez 1840

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Addressed to

Senhor Jose Manuel Gomez


near Oporto


Annotated “Via  Falmouth”

10 Edward Street Bath

May 12 1840

My dear Gomez

Your letter required a long long answer and explanationswhich I have difficulty in putting on paper.  However, I will try to explain a circumstance which perhaps you have never heard from Mrs Terrell, and which perhaps she is not acquainted with.  When I was at Cheltenham I had a disagreement with my mother and in consequence I was placed with afamily in London, this you may suppose as not very agreeable to my feelings, particularly as I was very much attached to Cheltenham and at the end of a month I took a chaise with four horses and returned to our house there, which I found in the care of servants only, as my mother and sister were visiting their friends in Hampshire.  I immediately wrote to them to tell them of my arrival and also to the Lady I had left in London, for you must know I had slipped out of the house while she was taking a walk and unperceived by her husband or children.  My mother immediately cam to Cheltenham accompanied by Mr. Poore

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who married a sister of mine, and also a female friend who advised her to place me in an asylum for the insane (aside from us four) and under the pretence of taking me to Clifton for my health, I was hurried off to one of those wretched abodes of human suffering.  Imagine my dear Gomez my remaining there four months, three of them without seeing any person whom I had previously known, it was worse even than your being shut up in your Port wine cask.  However, I came out alive although I often thought I should have died of grief.  I need not tell you that few, Oh! How few persons who have ever resided in one of these places ever have a chance of marrying, besides this you would find me so altered, so thin and old that all your former recollections would be destroyed and you would find nothing pleasing to replace them, I cannot therefore say come and judge for yourself, but if you should ever find businefs or pleasure induce you to come to England, you will always find us pleased to welcome our old friend.  Eliza is engaged to be married and we expect the wedding to take place this

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summer and as the gentleman’s income is small and Eliza’a fortune not very large (the same as mine between four and five thousand pounds), they think they shall have greater comforts abroad than in England, so they will probably leave us before the winter, and my mother says she shall feel this place lonely afterwards that she could not possibly stay at Bath, we shall probably therefore give up this house and after spending a month at Paris, join Mr & Mrs Fiveash at Pau, where they intend to spend next winter.  I hope you will write to me and (and) that if you should visit England it will not be when we are absent from it.  When you write, pray tell me if you live in a town or village or if Barcules is the name of your own house only.  I do not know that I have written the name right but I shall copy yours as nearly as possible.  As you say you have spoken of meto your mother pray remember me to her, my mother would join with me in best compliments to her but as she has explained a wish to write a few lines to you, I shall leave her to speak for herself.  With every kind wish for your health and happinefs believe me ever yours truly,

                                                                        Jane Tanner.

You will not of course say a word of what I have told you to Mrs Terrell nor if you ccan help it to your mother.  I see by the papers there is every prospect of a war between our two countries, what a sad thing, you had better leave yours to escape it.

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From Mrs Mary Tanner

My dear Mr Gomez.  I have much pleasure in renewing our long suspended intercourse though my lines must be few in number, as writing causes a little pain in my arm which is I am happy to inform you is very much recovered; at one time I was obliged to abstain from writing or to do the best I could with my left hand.  You will I am sure believe me in saying that your happiness in being restored to your excellent mother and home, and your having informed us of it in your pleasant letter to Jane, gives us all much pleasure. We were anxiously wishing to hear of you as Mrs Terrell’s information was not sufficient, and your own clear letter was most satisfactory.  I am quite surprised at your improvement in our language.  I wish I was half as clever in French as it is not unlikely, I shall pass my next winter in France.

I shall not read Jane’s letter to you as I wish her to write unbiased by me, she knows my esteem for you and that I should be happy to renew our personal intercourse if agreeable to you, [and may I add without offending you that should you be disappointed in XXXXXXX Jane that I shall be most happy to promote your journey to England and back.] Though eight years, or nearly as many, have passed, I do not think Jane is much altered.  Eliza and I should like you to be present at her marriage, which will take place probably in August July.  The gentleman she is engaged to we have known many years, he has visited Spain during the war.  I could write much more about ourselves were space allowed me, and my arm quite well. Pray present my kind compliments to your mother  whom I highly respect, knowing from your former affectionate feelings and conduct that this truly deserves my esteem.  Believe me dear Sir most sincerely and truly yours.    Mary Tanner.

Pray do not allude in your answer to what I have mentioned between brackets thus [   ] about expenses.