- Edward Bancroft, M.D., F.R.C.P., was an ex-surgeon from St. Georges Hospital, London, who went to Jamaica "for health reasons", later becoming the Deputy Inspector General of Army Hospitals in Jamaica. He was educated by Dr. Charles Burney and Dr. Parr, and later at St. Johns College, Cambridge. He qualified as Bachelor of Medicine in 1794, and in 1795 was physician to the army. He was sent to the Windward Islands, Portugal, the Mediterranean, Egypt and then returned to England. In 1804 he became Doctor of Medicine, at Cambridge, and on 8th April 1805, was Candidate for the College of Physicians and was in London at the time. On 31st March 1806, he became Fellow of the College of Physicians. From 1808-11 he was Censor, and by 1811 had become ill. In 1811 he moved to Jamaica as Army physician. There exists quite a good family tree on the Bancrofts.
- A splendid letter has survived written by Edward to Ursula in August 1813, about 10 months after they were married, when she seems to have been away from their Kingston residence recuperating from an undisclosed illness. Her need for recuperation may have been as a result of a miscarriage because it was not until 2 years later that she bore their first child.
Edward's letter, which seems to have been in response to his wife's worries about his failure to write to her, contains a number of charming passages whose sentiments were, no doubt, the reason why the letter has survived all these years. Of these, the following are worth recording:
"But why, sweet Ursula, should you permit such an apprehension to enter your mind as that you had done something that I had taken offence at? - It is, I am confident, quite impossible for you wilfully and unknowingly to do any thing of the sort, and I trust that I should be very loth & backward indeed so to misinterpret your actions as to consider them of an offensive character, when they can never be ought but what is beneficent, affectionate & proper. I am perpetually indeed erring in my judgment, but in regard to you I have never judged wrong, except in not rating you so highly as you really deserved. I loved you & married you with the expectation of finding sooner or later in you many or, at least a certain proportion, of the failings of your sex & of human nature, but in this alone I have erred that I supposed you rather to resemble other women, that to differ from them so materially as you do, to my infinite joy and pride and with the knowledge which I now possess of your exemplary principles, and steady conduct, I feel quite assured that nothing will ever be done by you that I can have just grounds to be offended at."
"Adieu, my excellent wife; make yourself as easy and comfortable as possible where you are, for I wish most ardently to have you here again ere long "
"Oh my love - how earnestly I do pray for the perfect reestablishment of your health! - Adieu, my dearest, sweetest Ursula - and believe me to be, while sensation shall be left to me...Your most faithful & affectionate friend, lover and Husband"