Jemima Kindersley (c.1741–1809), was described by her son as from humble beginnings but self-educated. Around 1762, she married Nathaniel Kindersley, and in 1764 he took up the post as Captain in the East India Company’s artillery. She and her one-year old son accompanied him to Bengal, where she stayed until ill health drove her back to England in 1769; he died in Calcutta later the same year. Her letters cover the journey from Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, in June 1764, through their three month stay in Brazil. The next letters are from the Cape of Good Hope, where they stayed from November 1764 to March 1765; they finally arrived in India in June 1765. She arrived at a significant point in British-Indian history: the years 1764–65 saw the British achieve an unrivalled control over the Bengal region.
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- Jemima Kindersley, from Letters from the Island of Teneriffe, Brazil, the Cape of Good Hope, and the East Indies (1777)
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