Envelope: Mr.J.Pybus Ingledew
care of Messrs. Pethonier & Co.
Posted at Newcastle 5th. Decr. 1853 1s.-3d
On inside of flap : Read Margerets first & mine after
hers was written a few days before mine (JHI)
Dear John ,
As this is the time for my fortnightly letter I am now going to attempt to write to you though it is so very dark this morning I cannot very well see. We have had a great deal of damp , dark , foggy weather lately. In many houses where the dinner hour is one or two they have been obliged to light candles , and on the 20th. October , the day after your birthday, I could not see to read close to the window from 12 till near three oclock. I often think what a good thing it is that you are out of its way and in a warm dry climate. I hope by this time you will have received some of our letters, for I can quite understand how unkind you must have thought us in not writing. However I trust that the number waiting for you at Alexandria would repay your previous disappointment. On Sunday we had Lizzie and Mr. Welford, Wm. & Eliza, and Mr. Scurr and Edward Fryer to dine with us. A large party was it not? Last Tuesday we were at Lizzies to tea. She had Miss Scurr and Miss Coulson and the two Miss Dawsons and Mr. Scurr. We played at Goose the whole night and enjoyed ourselves very much. Maria kept talking of your proficiency in the game the whole night, and of our merry nights at Dean Street with the kisses for likes. We are going to Lizzies on Friday again as it is her birthday. Today I expect Wm. and Eliza to dinner.
News is very scarce just now, Newcastle being very quiet. I fear my letter will not be particularly interesting to you, but really I never knew such a dearth in both news and scandal. Father had a letter from Hannah the other day. I had not written to her for a long time so she wrote to Father to complain of me, and I am highly indignant. She has been a queer girl I think for upon comparing notes with Lizzie and Annie we have found her out in a considerable number of fibs. Her brother and his wife are going to have a final separation, they cannot agree at all and never have a moments peace. Pleasant proceedings. Edward Fryer is not going home this Christmas, I suppose, as he has been so long away from the office. So I invited him yesterday to dine with us on Xmas Day. Eliza expects her father and mother down to stay a fortnight with her about Xmas, and in the summer, Miss MacRae and Miss Richardson are coming down, so then you will see them. I expect Jessie Hewett on Thursday to stay a few days with me. I have not seen her since July and am very anxious to have a visit from her. The last time she stayed with us was in February when the snow was so thick and when we first had the pleasure of an introduction to Miss ______ . Father has been in Yorkshire for a few days; he went last Wednesday and returned on Friday morning. Christopher is with his mother at Northallerton and does not I suppose intend to become anything as he thinks he can keep himself without labour. Aunt and her sister Mrs. Pybus of Hook House are coming to pay us a visit after Christmas I suppose and I am going to write for the Misses Carter also after the New Year so we will have plenty of visitors, will we not? James and Mr. Scurr are getting very thick again, Mr. Thackeray is coming to the North I suppose upon a visit very shortly. We had Miss Herring to tea the other night. She really has become quite conversationable and James admires her very much. The Miss Dunns are expected home next week and will be almost too grand for us humble Newcastle folks.
I have just been ________ myself with a little brandy and water; not feeling quite well. I think our present weather is enough to give anybody the vapours. I feel particularly dull this morning, however I am obliged to go out in spite of the damp and perhaps it will rouse me. Stephen Iarley has gone back to Shieldfield House to live. He is far from well just now and very low spirited. I never see our neighbours the Hamonds now Father goes there sometimes but he never comes here. Mrs. Henzell is not in very good health at present and is very dull and quiet, but I ascribe all to the dark dull weather we have at present. I shall miss you on Christmas Eve dear John. Do you not remember helping me to ornament the room with evergreens. Think of us all as we will think of you and join me in the wish that by another Christmas we may all be met together again. Miss Herring has just been over to invite me there to tea tonight and I really feel thankful at the prospect. It is so dull. Have you fallen in with any of your old school companions yet? I am quite anxious to hear all about Alexandria. Your letters are very interesting and get walked all over. I think poor Mr. Nesham often asks after you. I believe some one else is going to write by this mail also so you will get all the news there is. We all write in kindest love and hoping you are feeling well and strong and enjoying yourself. Believe me my dear brother,
Yr. affectionate sister Margaret D. Ingledew Tuesday 29th. November 1853
P.S. Be sure and say how you are when you write again.