WEYMOUTH STEAM PACKET COMPANY
MAUNDERS, Joseph (1814-1874) steam packet company secretary. A (worn) red leather bound memorandum pocket book (4 x 6 ½ inches) of 68 leaves with 136 sides of manuscript memoranda mostly entered from July 4 1844 to May 3 1854, covering a multitude of social appointments; births, marriages and deaths; occasional national events of note; recipes and remedies of various sorts (eg for treating burns, cholera, typhus, fumigating ‘foul rooms’, making paste) plus a lengthy entry on the use of ‘Galvanic finger rings’; books of interest; horticulture, livestock, food products, beekeeping; lengthier entries on miscellaneous subjects such as: Boscastle Tea Meetings (with subscribers’ list); the opening of the Mahim-Bandra causeway; geese in 16th-17th century texts; the promotion of officers by the Board of Customs; the Duchess of Berri; James Brookes’ voyages in the Far East; and interesting notes regarding a letter from ‘Jimmy’(a relative?) who is Captain of the trading vessel the Charles Grant sailing between China and India. Family names mentioned throughout include Braddon, Garrick, Glanville, and Pearse, the majority with Cornish connections. A cover paper label reads “An account of Furniture and Plate, Trees planted etc. And Memorandums from July 5 1844”, but judging from some paper stubs at the front of the book, the former account of articles appears to have been removed. Comes with genealogical notes and census copies.
The memorandum book comes with: a 1/6th plate daguerreotype in a half case of a young gentleman (probably in his 30s), with an accompanying paper label inscribed Joseph Maunders 1814-74.
Joseph Maunders was born in Wyke Regis, Dorset in 1814, although his parentage is unclear - he is possibly the son of Joseph Maunders (c1771-1832) who married Elizabeth Ingram (c1770-1833) at Wyke Regis 1802. Joseph Maunders married Mary Monday (1806-1871) in 1834 at Melcombe Regis, and they and their family (four daughters and one son) are found in the census returns from 1841 to 1871. Through his marriage to Mary Monday he became the brother-in-law of Joseph Drew (1814-1883), variously a confectioner & grocer, hotel and steamboat proprietor, newspaper editor and lecturer. Drew set up a confectionary and grocery business in Weymouth with Joseph Maunders which went bankrupt in 1838, and by the 1840s when this memorandum book was compiled, Maunders is working as an accountant. By 1861 Joseph Maunders was still advertising his services as an accountant, but he had also become Manager and Secretary to the Weymouth & Channel Islands Steam Packet Company. This service ran in competition to Cosens & C Ltd.(founded 1848) who promptly went into partnership with Maunder’s former business partner Joseph Drew, who was a man of considerable wealth by this time.
Joseph Maunders served as a High Bailiff of County Court of Dorset for many years, and the memorandum book records him being sworn in as Deputy Mayor of Weymouth & Melcombe Regis in 1851. His wife Mary is listed in the census as a schoolmistress (specifically in the 1851 census as Church National Sunday Schoolmistress).