DEDHAM, Jacob

fl. ? - ?

Jacob Dedham, alias Caulius Jaun, a pauper inmate of St Mary Elms workhouse, Ipswich who with one shilling given to him by the churchwardens, somehow made his way to India. He had a talent for drawing and was taken into an engineering department and was also engaged as a spy, rendering service to Lord Cornwallis. His patron died in 1805 before Dedham was able to return to England, but Jacob married the widow of a Nabob (a person of wealth and prominence), but owing to suspicions as to his character, he was compelled to leave India, leaving his wife and his wealth behind. On his return to Ipswich he was reduced to the most abject poverty and was found one morning asleep in the porch of St Mary Elms church. From his disgusting appearance the magistrates refused to believe his account of himself but Ipswich magistrate Edward Bacon, who had some knowledge of India, believed his adventures and assisted in restoring Jacob’s health and comfort. He maintained himself by his pencil and Mr Bacon, employed him to take a view of the town, which was, with others, in the possession of Revd Richard Cobbold (1797-1877). After living in the town for a number of years, he proceeded to an unnamed port from where engaged to work his passage to India in order to obtain his possessions. He had hardly got on board when he accidently fell into the hold of ship and was killed. (Clarke’s - History of Ipswich pp 197-199 - 1830)




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