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Paper folded into envelope and addressed to:

John Pybus Ingledew Esq

of Newcastle on Tyne , England

care of Messrs. Pethonier & Co.

Alexandria

Egypt

 

Postmarked:

Newcastle on Tyne NO 22 1853

Paid NO 23 1853

Alexandria DE 11 1853

 

Added: By Marseilles

 

Seal: W.D.

(Gibraltar) 19th. Nov 1853

a mistake - meant in Gateshead

 

My dear John

 

I have just finished my tea and being in the humour have taken it into my sapient pate to write you a few lines - And in primo let me say that I got your six views of Southampton quite safe and beg to return you my thanks for the valuable present - I also got your second missive & most welcome letter on Thursday & though in it you say nothing as to how you feel yourself yet inasmuch as no news is good news I am thankful to imagine you are well, may you long continue so - In secundo I will turn to your epistle and answer it - I am surprised you have never got a letter for I know several have been written - one or two to the Post Office Gibraltar & the rest to Alexandria - However you will have got them ere now & will have spent a happy hour in conning over their contents - How lonely one feels when in a distant country sojourning among strangers & what a joy takes possession of you at receiving letters from home giving you tidings of all you love - you do feel happy then assuredly - Now my dear Sir don’t call us names any more because we are not responsible for post office blunders you know & I’m sure all at home have done their duty .

What a pity it is you were not able to see Seville - The cathedral there is most splendid besides which you would have visited a classical land inhabited by men of Moorish descent - the far famed Andalusia - But as you say, that horrid quarantine stops all one’s castle building, and to tell you the truth you will be far better at Alexandria than in Spain - I don’t much like the idea of your going in a South Shields tub, but trust the Royal Rose will convey you safely & that you may be quite blooming on arrival at your port of destination - By the bye if you can get any decent little views (whether 6 or 1 is no matter) of any of the places you may visit & will send them to me I shall feel duly grateful & will return thanks not in a neat speech but in a billet doux.- I was amused at your description of the Spanish costume & could not help thinking that the Umberellas would correspond very well with their dresses - Rather flaring no doubt but de justibus non disputandum you know - You don’t say how you would like to settle in Gibraltar as an Advocate & Attorney - but from their hours I should say the Lawyers must have a very easy time - I don’t think you would like it dear John & my sincere wish is to see you back in your native town pursuing your avocation with renewed health & energy & I feel that such will be so .

Edward Fryer is quite better & has been at the office some days now - He is looking wonderfully better than when you saw him and no wonder for he was nearly dead - He as well as the other Quill Drivers desire to be most kindly remembered to you & to say that you are quite mistaken if you suppose you are quite forgotten now - as poor Sweet was - Far from it, for you are often mentioned & talked about & speculations made as to your whereabouts - No no mon frere don’t suppose we bid farewell to all the kindlier sentiments of our nature when we get to the office - Robinson is still with us but I have had to discharge Welton for idleness & inattention - It was very hard on his poor widowed mother for he was her only support - but what could I do? - He absented himself without leave twice or thrice & at last I was obliged to give him his mittimus - I have engaged young Pybus, son of James Pybus our half cousin to come in his stead and as he has never been in an office before, he may be made something of - The case of Schultz & Leidemann has been before the Court of Appeal in London, & it has decided that there shall be a new trial - You will recollect what the action was about & that I had no opinion of our case ab initio - The costs in Hawks, Robinson, & Blackwell’s cases have all been paid & I am now busy with a disentailing deed & an Action of Ejectment under the new practice established by the Common Law Procedure Act, so that you see we are getting on swimmingly .

Sep Cail’s action is not settled & I am afraid won’t be except by going to trial - Mr. Crighton said if Richard Cail’s offer was renewed & a mere nominal acknowledgment made, the matter might be settled, but of course that was out of the question - Hodge’s case of Dreesmann & Harris is still on the carpet, but there is now a likelihood of its being proceeded with - I don’t think he has much opinion of his case - That precious article S.D.Dobson has gone to Harry Story & is threatening us with chancery for an account - if he goes there it will be worse for him for we are creditus for not a little - What a silly lad he is, is he not? The Feronia has not arrived in England yet, but is expected shortly & will winter at Falmouth - Capt. & Mrs. Henzell are both quite well-I often meet the former & he invariably inquires most kindly after you - You will be sorry to hear of the death of poor Mr. Lowrey - he departed last Monday - his disease being an enlargement of the heart - for the last fortnight his sufferings have been intense & I am sure it is a happy release - God grant he may have gone to a better world - Mrs. Lowrey is very unwell, I suppose from watching & anxiety - poor lady she has had a harrassing time - Mr. Lowrey left a will bequeathing everything to her absolutely - Of course there will be a new election for Alderman and the contest will be (I suppose) between David Burn and Keenbyside - at present the betting is on the latter - Tom Scurr & Thompson are both quite well & I shall certainly take care to give them your message .

Allow me to congratulate you on your becoming a man and liable for your own debts - I wish when the next anniversary of your birth comes round you will be with us again like a giant refreshed - On the day Father had a dinner party consisting of Dr. Gavin - John Fenwick the attr. - John Gibson the painter - Ralph Dodds - Mr. Nesham - Mr. Cowen - Mr. Henderson - & Mr. Blackwell. - It went off very well & I can assure you amidst all the festivity you were remembered - Your health was proposed in very feeling terms & responded to by Father - I forget now who proposed it - James & I were at the dinner & Margaret but none of the rest of us - Lizzie is now quite well & so is her baby and Welford - She would like to have seen you before you left, but you could not help it - Anne & Sep as well as their family are all blooming - Willie has had a bad face but it is well again - Eliza has not been very well & is not in perfect health at present - She has been sick once or twice besides having had a cold, but & nevertheless her spirits are good - She sends her kindest love & says that she has not forgotten her promise to write to you and will do so shortly - The municipal elections this year have been very spirited & there was a sharp contest in St. Nicholas’ ward - ending in the return of John Anderson the grocer & our nice little client Mr. Alexander - The retiring members were William Young and Lockey Harle, the latter of whom put up again & was most thoroughly thrashed - Harle did not canvas but with his usual vanity supposed he could come in without it - He was in a woeful minority & completely crestfallen & was obliged to retire at one o’clock - Welford was very active against him & in fact was Alexander’s leading man - The new Mayor is Alderman Dodds with John Gibson for the Sheriff & John Fenwick as Under Sheriff - a very good trio .

 

I gave up my office of gaoler last week & am now functus officio after having fretted & strutted my year upon the stage - Last Sunday the officials went to church for the Infirmary sermon when Mr. Moody preached 51 pounds out of their pockets - On Wednesday there was a general Thanksgiving on a/c of the cessation of the cholera when the shops were closed & the churches unusually full - in fact many people went who seldom enter a place of worship - The vicar & Mrs. Moody have been calling on Eliza who is very much pleased with them - they are both free & without any pride or nonsense about them & I think will do much good in the parish - not until it is time quoth I - Hamond had a small dinner party the other day which I went to - it was only a slow affair & I was glad to get away from it - The vicar, John Anderson, Mr. Hunter & one or two more were there, but nearly all the talk was done by our worthy host who has an itching that way you know - Dr. Dodsworth has been at Lovaine Place this last week but departed this morning - he is looking very well & is in good spirits - he sends his kind regards to you - The Theatre has been open for two or three weeks - Miss Glyn & Mr. Charles Pitt being the stars - so far the season has been successful although I understand the company is not quite first rate - Of course you will know all about the Eastern war - from all accounts Russia has her work cut out & if the Poles & Circassians would coalesce with the Turks, the great bear would be well & deservedly trounced - I have now got through my budget and with kind love in which Eliza Father & all the rest join, I remain my dear John

Yr. affectionate brother

Wm. Daggett