Zenna Dare letter

A Letter to Tammy
Jessica Tonellato
9C Siena College 2005

Dear Tammy,
How are you?  I would really like to thank you and your family for all your help regarding my research of our family history.  I would mostly like to thank your Granddad for his extremely helpful information about Roswyn and Gladys.  I also have important news to tell you concerning both of our families.  We are fifth cousins, so I feel that it is need to know information for you and your family, as well as it is mine.  I feel that I have to be honest with you and tell you the truth straight out.  Tammy, I know that you believe Roswyn is your great great grandmother and Gladys is your great great great grandmother. But I have some important, life changing information.  The information regards Gladys, Roswyn, Gweniver, Mr. Drew and Redvers Tremayne, I even found out who 'Zenna Dare' is.  

I'll start with the reasonably good news that leads to, the bad news.  Here goes, Gweniver was 'Zenna Dare' but only on stage.  'Zenna Dare' was in 'La Cenerentola', which is basically Cinderella, she was the star in 'The Bohemian Girl' and also 'La Sonnambula'.  When you sent me the photo of the woman wearing the white dress I knew, not because it had Zenna Dare written underneath but because I have the dress.  I found it in a box Redvers Tremayne gave Gweniver when he proposed, the same white dress with the lace going all the way up the neck.  The dress proves it all, it proves that Gweniver was Zenna Dare and it proves that she was keeping it a secret all these years and managed to until now.  
Mr. Drew was Gwenivers music teacher so he helped her improve her singing and become less scared of going on the stage.  Gweniver was young and naïve so she trusted nearly anyone she met.  She always noticed that Mr. Drew was nicer to her than he was to his other students, but Gweniver never said anything.  One Midsummer's day in Penzance when the streets were crowded with people, Mr. Drew hired a carriage and told Gweniver to go with him as he had something to show her, but the other students were not invited to join them.  He drove her out to a pretty cove called the 'Cove Of Lamorna', it was late afternoon so the tide was in and the water was splashing on the rocks, but the cove was sheltered.  
He asked her if she could “see the rock out in the water?” he then told her “There is said to be a lady who sits on the rock showing herself before a storm.” He also said, “young men have swum to the rock, lured by her songs, but they never returned.” He conned her into believing that he was a good man, he told her “You are that woman to me.  I have swum to your rock and I can never return.  You lured me from the very first day I heard you singing in that field.”

Mr. Drew took Gweniver's hand and turned it over and kissed her palm, she felt like snatching it away but didn't.  He kissed it again and she relaxed, she thought to herself that he would not hurt her; she thought that he would only want the best for her.  This is how she understood love after all, so she decided to sing and go on tour with Mr. Drew.  Gweniver wrote in one of her later letters “But he lied, for I was the one who was lured, not he.”

 Gweniver was pregnant with Mr. Drew's baby so she went home to Cornwall to her sister Gladys.  Gweniver had the baby and named her Roswyn, Gweniver had to leave so she left Roswyn with Gladys when she was still a baby and not old enough to know.  Gweniver went to South Australia to leave the shame and pressure from her past behind so she could begin a new life.  Gweniver spent five months, two weeks and three days on a ship to South Australia, where Will met her in Port Adelaide and then they rested at a friend of Wills house. The next morning they took the mail cart up to Kapunda but stopped at a place called 'The Old Spot Inn'.  They stayed the night then left at six in the morning in a spring cart for Kapunda.  In Kapunda Gweniver lived with her sister Mary and Mary's husband Will Trengrove.  

In 1849 Gweniver met Redvers Tremayne for the first time and straight away thought that she was no good for him.  Which she was led to believe because of what had happened in her past, Gweniver believed that he would never accept her when he found out.  
Gweniver married Redvers after Christmas in 1852, after telling him what had happened in her past, he did not believe that it was her fault.  

You sent me Gweniver's will that she wrote before the boat trip to South Australia so you probably read it but if you did not, Gweniver left everything to Gladys her sister.  

Gweniver loved Roswyn very much and never forgot about her, not even for one second of any day.  Even though Gweniver and Redvers had their own children Gweniver always managed to remember her first child, Roswyn.  Gweniver wrote in a note, “For me it can never be the end.  Can a mother's heart ever forget?” Tammy, these are two poems that Gweniver wrote for Roswyn…

The Secret Rose
My secret rose, it is too soon,
Yet not before I see
The blueness of your wondering eyes
As they look up at me.  
My tiny Roswyn, all too soon
They snatched you from my arms;
But not before your little hand
Lay warm between my palms.  
O Roswyn, little tender rose,
Your mother do not blame;
Just two things could I give you:
Your life and then your name.  

The White Rose
I love the white rose in its splendour,
I love the white rose in its bloom.
I love the white rose, so fair as she grows
It's the rose that reminds me of you.
The first time I met you, my darling,
Your face was as red as a rose;
But now your dear face has grown paler,
As pale as the lily-white rose.
And now that you've left me forever,
From your grave one sweet flower grows,
But I will remember you, darling,
When I gaze on that lily-white rose.  

always wanted Roswyn to believe, that Gladys was not her mother, but
Gweniver was.  Gweniver wanted the rift in the family to be healed and
it was, Roswyn may be dead but the rift has been healed.  The only thing
is that Gweniver did not think it would take 160 years.  

Love Jenefer Tremayne

South Australia

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