Letters to Richard Lowndes from his sisters, 1754-66

British Library, Add MS 37069

These letters to Richard Lowndes of Winslow Hall from his sisters in Shropshire (where they lived among their mother's relatives) were probably preserved because they touched on financial matters. The exact spelling of the originals has been reproduced here. Ann Lowndes of Uttoxeter was buried at Atcham, Salop, in 1791 aged 73. Bushbury, Staffs, was the home of their sister Elizabeth who married Walter Mansfield in 1745; the Goughs were another prominent family there.


[ff.222-3] Shrewsbury Nober y 27 1754

Dear Brother

I should a been glad to a herd you was well bye yours which we received & a Bank-Note of Twenty four pounds inclos'd in it it was changed very sune & claver

We are very esey & finde you contrife better for us which we thank you for, so we shall send you word when we want it has you are so good    Sally his prity well & shall be glad to hear you are quit recover'd    I shall write to Winslow to day hop ye are well excuse all falt & exsept of Sally Love with your
Loving sister Ann Lowndes

To Richd Lowndes Esqr at ye Coco-Tree
Pall-Mall
London


[ff.224-5] Salop June ye 7 1756

Dear Brother

I received yours with the note Sef and wish you joy of your son receivery of the Small Pox for it tis a great Satisfaction to all his Friends   Aunt Kynaston desired her compliments upon the a kasson   I dind with cousin Roger yesterday who desired his   Mr Edwards as not been in town Sinces I receive yours   wee expect our cousin Mrs Bradshaw down nex week   She Board in the Sam Hous with me   pray my Love to Misss Lowndess from your affectioned
Sister Sarah Lowndes

To Richd Lowndes Esq Member of Parliament
at the Cocoa Tree
Pall Mall


[ff.226-7] Bushbury Novr 21th 1760

Dear Brother

Yours I received very safe and am Glad to hear you are all well   My Sister I hop is Sumthing Better then she was for Sum times She is very Reasonable I hop in Lord She will be Better soon or I dont know what will become of her nor me for the expence is so great that I cant hold it Long with out you will Let me have My Fortune which I hop you will do soon and you will every oblig your affect Sister
Sarah Lowndes

Mr Mansfield desire his respect to you

To Richd Lowndes Esq Member of Parliament
at the Cocoa Tree
Pall Mall


[ff.228-9] Bushbury Mach the 8 1766

Dear Brother

Yours I received and wish you all joy upon the happy akesson and that you have bout Mr Mansfield and my consent to Purchasing an Annuity for my Sister and that I should very Glad to doe any thing for her that is in my power but the Gough have so much Spit againss me that Mr Mansfield cant live in Quit[?] upon my a count so that I [m]ust Leve him and if I go to Woolverhampton it will be the same therefor should be very Glad if you could send them a Smal rapmand to mind there one Bisness and not to conson them selfs a bout me : I am very Sorry to trouble you a bout such things but I cant Live in this county without you will be so good to do it for me for the[?] think I have no Freind so think the may do what the Please with me. I hop you will escouse this Freedom in me but tis Necessity that make me do it : begg my love to my Nephew & Nieces

from your affet sister Sarah Lowndes

To Richd Lowndes Esq Member of Parliament
at the Cocoa Tree
Pall Mall

[verso] Received 1 March 1766 of Richard Lowndes the sum of £34 in full for half year interest Due at Michaelmas last   by me Sarah Lowndes


Will of Sarah Lowndes of Worcester, spinster, 1794 (proved 1795)

National Archives, PROB 11/1269/30

St John Worcester October ye 23 1794.  This is the desire of Sarah Lowndes that she may be buried in Acham Church by my Sister Anne Lowndes and in the manner that she was and I Leave to my Nephew John Edwards the sum of £1400 that is in the Bank of England and Leave to my Nephew Rowland Six hundred Pounds that is in Mr James Moore hands and all my Pursuty [sic] to be Sold for bury me and to Give my two Maid Morning and to fower me, and for Mr George Griffin to Manyig for me boon June ye 9 1719 Witness my hand – Sarah Lowndes [seal] – Elizabeth Caswell – F. Tinings to be Undertaker

The will was made irregularly but entirely in the style of Sarah's letters. George Griffin of Lincoln’s Inn was brought in to explain her meaning.  He said that he invested £1,432 5s 9d in an annuity of £58, and identified her handwriting.  It was interpreted as appointing him executor but he renounced in favour of John Edwards, son of Sarah's sister Margaret.


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