Newcastle 5th. Decr. 1853
I am very much astonished you have not got my letter which I wrote & sent immediately on the receipt of your first letter from Gibraltar. I am very sorry for doubtless you will think I have forgotten you; this I assure you is not the case for often, very often, my thoughts wander to you & I often think of the many happy hours we have spent together & anticipate on your return home to spend many more. Do you think & feel you are getting better for of all news the answer to this in the affirmative would give me the most pleasure - How does the climate suit, and have you got over the feeling of being dull, for dull I can easily imagine you to be, having no friends or companions near you. However in the perusal of this I hope dullness will for a short time evaporate.
Edward Fryer has returned & is himself again, except that he is sporting whiskers which is a great improvement to him he has moreover thrown away a good deal of his awkward manner, and has become rather gay. The other night he went out to tea to Dr. Houseman's, the night after he went to a small party at Elizabeths & two days after that he went & dined with Sep Cail. I believe nothing will do him so much good as getting him into society. Frank I am sorry has for a few days been non est inventus, but has at length got back & resumed his ordinary occupation. Before he returned he wrote to Daggett asking him for some money to carry him to New York where he purposed commencing a new career & leading a better life ; of course Daggett treated his letter with contempt.
Robinson & Green are both well. Green still attends the office at Shields & when he comes up at night just shows himself & goes off to collect his rents on the Mondays & Tuesdays on the other nights he occasionally stops. Poor fellow, I am very sorry for him, for when he stops he gets no dinner. I know what it is, & so do you, to attend Shields all day, get no dinner but only a biscuit, & come up home before we get anything substantial. We have got a boy in the office, son of Mr. Pybus the late station master at Cramlington ; he frames well & writes a good hand. It will be of no use telling you what is going on for you will take no interest in it save in Cail & Corporation of Gateshead ; this is not yet settled & will go on to trial ; I hope he will win Kenyon & Dickinson. Mrs. Dickinson is going to loose the guardianship of her two eldest daughters. The eldest one is engaged to be married to be a young surgeon at Wallsend, much to the annoyance of the old lady.
Bob Kidd dined with us the other day & says that Charley is a little better ; the doctor thinks he need not go away. Do you remember two pretty girls in St. Nicholas Church once, the Miss Frances ? They are coming at midsummer on a visit to the Kidds, who I believe either have, or are about taking Maria Dawsons house in Greinfield Place. Bob is going to commence housekeeping either at Shields or Tynemouth. James Rennoldson, Stephen Farleys partner, has at length got married. He has taken a house two doors off Daggetts. Stephen Farley has gone back to reside with his aunt at Shieldfield House. Captn. Henzell expects to be thrown adrift as well as the whole of Mr. Lowreys captains on account of all the ships having to be sold. The Feronia is on her voyage home to Falmouth, the other ships are expected daily in the Tyne. Mrs. Henzell has been sounded & the doctor says both her lungs are diseased : wouldnt you like her to be ordered off to Alexandria, I just imagine how delighted you would be. I hope you will cultivate your moustache & whiskers for by the time you get back to England it will have become almost general ; there are a great many letters in the Times about it. I observe Richard Cail, Job Bulman & several of the quayside clerks have already commenced wearing them. I, a smooth faced fellow, cannot if I would sport one.
Last month I went with Father to Berwick never was there before & was much disappointed. I was so cold when I was there that Father bought me a fine rough top coat. On the following day I held the court at Belford, Father having gone home to vote for Ralphus Stuses for Mayor. At Belford Mr. Pybus & I went out to a large supper given to Mr. Hilton, our late assistant clerk, on his leaving that town. There were 50 sat down to supper & a jolly night we had of it. We drank whisky & listened to songs which were by no means contemptibly sung. By the bye I have upwards of £6 from bills for you ; how would you like it sent to you ? Money I know is always acceptable to everybody. I am sorry I still continue hard up, I have never had any money from Father since I left Newcastle to go up the Rhine, so I will leave you to imagine my predicament. Hodgson has not yet got his bill paid & what is more I see no prospect of his doing so. I think I could offer in case of need a composition of 1d. in the £.
The theatre is opened here with only a middling company. I have not been there yet. Uncle Tom's Cabin has had a good run having been well got up - I suppose you will have no theatres in Alexandria - if so, write & give a description of it. Dr. Dodsworth stayed with us for a few days about a fortnight ago. He is going to leave Harewood but what for I don't know. Scurr is still studying very closely for the church & expects sometime about the latter end of next year to leave here for Durham. Do you ever think of the Law, have you made up your mind to stick to it or leave it? I assure you I am not making that progress in it which I should like, but nil desperandum, as long as there is life there is hope. Daglish & Arnott have both passed this term - the questions on the whole are easy. I trust when I go up they will be as easy. Edward Fryer has commenced Addison on contracts & is getting on very well. By the bye your Law Student's Magazine still comes ; I suppose I will not do wrong by informing the respected Editor to desist sending them. I have looked for the first few numbers of them but cannot find them - pray have you them away with you? If you have it is all right; if not have you them put away?
Mr. & Mrs. Hamond very rarely if ever pay us a visit now. The Miss Dunns are still away on their continental tour but are expected in the course of a few weeks now. Mr. Hall & Mr. Erickson are both anxiously looking forward for them. At the last meeting of the Town Council a bylaw was sealed for appointing a Stipendiary Magistrate - salary £600 a year. Mr. B.B.Blackwell is the only person I have up to the present time heard of trying for the office. I have written to little Forte informing him of the bylaw. The gift is in Lord Palmerstone's hands & I hope he will select a stranger to the town & an independent man who will not be biased by any party. Ralph Dodds, the new Mayor, has up to the present time given every satisfaction. I suppose he will be giving us a Ball - at least I hope so - do you remember our going together to the last one? Jessy Hewett was in town the other day & looks exceedingly pale. I suppose she has to nurse several of her brothers & sisters who are laid up at home with colds & croups etc.
Elizabeth has resumed her former spirits & baby is growing a very fine boy. Father was in Yorkshire a fortnight ago completing the purchase of some property in Fleetham, part of the Abstract of which you made out when there - & a week before that I had a pleasant trip to Croft, Hurworth, Darlington & Barnard Castle endeavouring to find out who is the heir at law to John Oates decd. I had some capital fun having to travel from Darlington to Barnard Castle on the top of a coach. Father has gone to Berwick this morning to hold an Arbitration - his Circuit commences there tomorrow. The reason of the Circuit commencing so early is to avoid Christmas Day. Chas. Arundale has got a son & heir - mother & child are both doing well.
John Ingledew from Kirkby Thore is here ; he has been in Yorkshire & Durham looking out for a farm, but has not succeeded in getting one. He is however going to look after a one near Hartlepool which I hope he may get; - and now to draw the curtain as my news is exhausted. Allow me to wish you a Merry & a Happy Christmas & a healthful & happy New Year. On Christmas Day I will remind them at home to wish you the same, & again on New Years Day. I do trust & hope that you will return home well, strong & happy & I am sure that the great advantage & experience you have had in travelling, besides the observations you may have made, cannot fail during your life to make your society courted & esteemed - not only by us but by your friends. You have no idea how I long to hear of your excursions adventures & travels but I suppose I must wait until you come back when you will entertain us when we feel dull at home - adieu faithfully yours
J. Henry Ingledew