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In chapter 4 part 2 of Book one we are treated to a tour of Nampara. It begins with a comment from Charles when he was first shown round. He said that it had as many unexpected features as a cross between a bloodhound and a poodle bitch. This was half truth, half brotherly spite." It continues with "the library, which made a single story west wing for the house, had never been finished: money had given out, and what was to have been a show feature had instead become a draughty shuttered barn in which Joshua,a great hoarder, had come to store the rubbish of a lifetime."

There is much more information about Nampara that gives the reader a wonderful feel of the house but even in this small piece I have quoted there is much information about the library which features a lot throughout the books and we learn a bit more about Joshua. It continues with more descriptions of Nampara and snippets of information about Joshua so that the reader is well informed about the house and can form a picture of it in their mind. There is also dialogue between Jud and Ross about some furniture which had been moved and now brought back by Jud. All this and more gives us important information, not only about the house but what has happened in it since Ross left for America. It also includes information about Elizabeth's letters to Ross and the possibility of letters being lost.

I hope I have given enough information to whet the appetite for first edition copies of the first four books.

 



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Dark Mare wrote:

It would have made more sense for Charles to have bought Ross' shares of the mine. That would have given Ross some cash to get started on -- and given him one fewer reason to visit Trenwith after Francis and Elizabeth were married.


Possibly but at what point would Charles have bought Ross' shares of the mine.... ?



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Mrs Gimlett wrote:

Ah, yes, the original.  So much more rounded than later editions.  I love the fuller descriptions of the Nampara area, the house itself and of Francis and Elizabeth's wedding. 

The latter shows Francis did love Elizabeth at the time of their marriage and probably would have continued to she had only encouraged him. 

To start at the beginning, though,  and that small piece in the Prologue, when Joshua tells his brother that his shares in Grambler will go to Verity if Ross fails to return has always intrigued me.  There is no other mention of it and however little the shares may have brought in, it would have been very helpful to Ross in his quest to renovate house and land.  Perhaps it ceased as Grambler mine itself slowly wound down and eventually closed.  However, there are a few years of prosperity for the Trenwith Poldarks before that, when Ross might have expected some return.  Do you think Charles rescinded the shares on Joshua's death?


It would have made more sense for Charles to have bought Ross' shares of the mine. That would have given Ross some cash to get started on -- and given him one fewer reason to visit Trenwith after Francis and Elizabeth were married.



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Good question Mrs. G.

I think Charles (as presumably executor or would it have been Pearce back then ?) might well have rescinded the shares after Joshua died as I'm pretty sure he was already determined on arranging a marriage between Francis and Elizabeth, wanting Elizabeth to have further evidence that Ross was hard up and therefore quite unsuitable for her. In addition he had probably already made sure that Verity would have been well provided for anyway.

As a side issue it would seem probate didn't become law until 1858 which I'm sure WG would have already checked first in any case.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/wills-or-administrations-after-1858/

However one thought has just crossed my mind. In the last paragraph in Chapter 1 Nat Pearce says he will get a copy of the Will for Ross to take home and read it at his leisure, so surely Joshua would have stipulated the shares were to be left to Ross as well. If so then Charles would have had a lot of explaining to do !



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Ah, yes, the original.  So much more rounded than later editions.  I love the fuller descriptions of the Nampara area, the house itself and of Francis and Elizabeth's wedding. 

The latter shows Francis did love Elizabeth at the time of their marriage and probably would have continued to she had only encouraged him. 

To start at the beginning, though,  and that small piece in the Prologue, when Joshua tells his brother that his shares in Grambler will go to Verity if Ross fails to return has always intrigued me.  There is no other mention of it and however little the shares may have brought in, it would have been very helpful to Ross in his quest to renovate house and land.  Perhaps it ceased as Grambler mine itself slowly wound down and eventually closed.  However, there are a few years of prosperity for the Trenwith Poldarks before that, when Ross might have expected some return.  Do you think Charles rescinded the shares on Joshua's death?

 



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