Letter

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From Forest House, Leytonstone, Essex, to Madeley, Shropshire. Mary's letters with the letter of attorney have arrived. Reference is made to business transactions with regard to stock and Mary's French annuity, receipt of which has been delayed by the 'present disturbances' [French Revolution].

With reference to Mary's enquiry concerning Mr Eves[?], there is as yet no explanation for 'the fatal deed'. Eves left Samuel at about 3pm at the bank and went afterwards to the House of Commons where he stayed until after 6pm when he went home to dinner at 7. Eves was rather displeased that they had not got him some peas - he ate alone as his brother was away from home. The servant set the wine on the table before him and then did not see him again until about 9.30pm when he was found hanging in his bedchamber with the door so well secured on the inside by a drop bolt that it took fifteen minutes to force an entry. Eves was dead and almost cold - his brother Thomas arrived soon after the body was discovered and was so distracted that he is still rather ill. Miss Eves has been married for several years to Sir Francis Wood - she is alive and well and her uncle Thomas was in fact spending that evening with her. There is no explanation for the suicide other than a sudden fit of insanity - he had complained a few days before of an unpleasant feeling in his head and a feeling of dejection that he could not shake off. Samuel can testify that this mood had no effect on his outward appearance and manner as he had transacted business with Eves only a few hours before. Eves's uncle died in much the same way and his elder brother Anthony was afflicted with mental problems, but Samuel does not remember if they shortened his life. It seems likely therefore that it was a family disorder.

In a postscript he mentions that Anthony Eves's widow paid the Bosanquet family a visit only this morning.