this Place lyeth the Body of PETER CURGENVEN Mercht
He was sent in his Youth to the East-INDIES where attaining to a
thorough knowledge of the INDIA-trade in all its Branches he acquir'd
a plentiful Fortune and withal what is more valuable the universal
Character of a Man of great Honour and Honesty of invictable*Faith
And Integrity which Virtues he adorn'd with an uncommon
Affability and Politeness.
Preparing after a twenty five-Years absence to return to his Native
Country, he unfortunately fell ill into he hands of CONNAJEE ANGRIA
Admiral to the SOU RAJAH then at war with the ENGLISH at BOMBAY,
and remain'd in a miserable Captivity about five Years, during which
he behav'd with an unparallel'd Patience, Generosity and Greatness
of mind, not only comforting, assisting and Supporting his Fellow-
Sufferers but even refusing his own Deliverance without that of
his Companions in Misery. At last, having Freed himself and the rest
by his own Industry and Management, he imbark'd for ENGLAND, in
hopes of sitting down in quiet and enjoying the Fruits of his
Labours: but see the Uncertainty of all things Here Below: Just before
his Landing, a Violent Fit of the Cramp seizing his Thigh and
bursting the Veins, tho' the Effects were hardly discernable, yet
was he forc'd soon after his Arrival at LONDON to have his thigh
first laid open and then cut of almost close to his Body. Scarce
ever was the like Operation perfiorm'd: Never any undergone with
more Resolution and Firmness, without so much as a Groan or the
least Motion to express his Anguish: He outliv'd this Operation 12
days when the Wound bleeding afresh he resign'd his last
Breath, with a Surprising Sedateness and unconcern at
leaving this world, being fully perswaded he was going to exchange
his Perishable for everlasting Riches.
He died June 20th 1729 in the 47th year of his Age.
He was son of WILLIAM CURGENVEN a Gentleman of good
Family in CORNWALL and Married FRANCIS Daughter of
JOHN ROTHERHAM of this Parish Esq whom he left
his sole Executrix having no Issue and who
Erected this Monument over his Grave as a Token
Affection and Gratitude.
above transcription was by Dr Christopher Starr, a transcription in
Wright's History of Essex shows the word "invictable" as "Inviolable"
and also spells Curgenven as Curvengen.