Envelope: John Pybus Ingledew Esq.
of Newcastle on Tyne England
Care of Mr. Thorn
Postmark: Alexandria JA 20 1854
Newcastle 1st. January 1854
I was sorry to learn from your last letter to Father that your health was not so good as might be expected but I do most sincerely hope that in the course of a week or two you will be able to write home that you are much better - On the same day that we received your letter Father and I met Dr. Charlton and told him of the unfavorable report you had made & of your intention of going to Cairo. He said we had not to be atall alarmed as your cough was the result of travelling & of the great change of climate and that it would go away again in the course of a few days. He also said that you had by all means to go to Cairo and travel about the Nile towards the South. If I were you I would enjoy myself as much as possible and see every place of note & spare no expense. Father also says he hopes you will not be so foolish as make the thoughts of expense deter you from making yourself perfectly comfortable & of seeing every place likely to amuse & do you good. & now for news for I suppose you will be anxious to learn what we are all doing.
We are all well at home save Father who has had a swollen face from cold but who is now nearly convalescent - Today I have seen Scurr & he says he has a letter written for you & will bring it along tonight for me to enclose with mine - Daggett has his father & mother in law staying with him - they are both very pleasant people, we had them to dinner on Xmas day as also, Anne, Sep, Lizzie, Welford, Daggett & us. I should have had Miss Pybus but she did not make her appearance. We spent a very pleasant day & often thought about you & wondered what you were doing - Yesterday I met Charley Henzell of whom you enquired in your letter to Father. He desires to be kindly remembered to you & says that he is still keeping pretty well - I have also seen Charley Kidd but he poor fellow has got a most shocking cough. I was recommending him to go & join you, but he says he cannot get - he however expects to take a voyage up the Mediterranean in the Spring, and if he does I will take care to let you know. By the bye, I forgot to tell you that young Ward whom you met at Gibraltar called at our office with Harry Scott to say that he had seen you & also that on Xmas day a Gentn. from Sunderland who went out with you from Southampton. He gave us a most frightful account of the Bay of Biscay - Capt. & Mrs. Henzell are both well & desire to be kindly remembered to you. The whole of Mr. Lowreys ships are advertized for sale next week - The Feronia has to be sold at Falmouth & I will take care to let you know what she sold for. In writing of ships that puts me in mind to tell you of the death of John Harrison of North Shields who died the week before last - Father was down at his funeral. Shortly before he died he sent for Green to know how you were & he said he would not care much joining you , but now poor fellow he is no more. Report states he died worth about 20,000, the whole of which I believe goes to his own family, which shows at all events he bore them no ill will .
On Friday night Scurr & I went to see the Pantomime which is called Hocus Pocus. I was very much disappointed with it & expected from the very name of it something very funny - Frank, Edward, Robinson & Green your fellow clerks are all well & desire me as often as they see a letter go down to the office to be posted for you to be kindly remembered to you. Frank still goes to see Miss Heughan, in fact he dined there on Xmas day & at night they had a party - Can you remember last year - about this time, what work we had with the Ledger Balances. I am afraid we are going to have a repetition this year - I have not got through the Balances yet but expect to do so tomorrow,- wont it be jolly to balance at sight - Did I tell you in my last letter that Bob Kidd has had his offices burnt down & that the whole of his papers & books with the exception of his waste cash book were destroyed - Kidd has also taken a house in Preston Lane where he is going to commence housekeeping, his father & mother are coming to the Dawsons house in Greenfield Place to reside, & I may as well tell you the Miss Frances from Sheffield are going to stay with them in the summer. Do you recollect when I wanted you to call at Miss Flecks to enquire after their brother & you would not, you were too sly for me,- The Miss Dunns have at length returned from the South of France but I have never once seen them to speak with - I have heard ( but for the veracity of it I cannot say ) that Mr. Hall has got himself offended there by some men - the other night Margaret & I were down to a small party at Sandyford. We enjoyed ourselves by playing at cards & dancing till three oclock in the morning - you were there last year were you not - Jessy Hewett is I am sorry to say very unwell, she has been confined to the house for the last 4 or 5 weeks. Have you any message of condolence, if so you may rely on me giving it verbatim et literatim - I sometimes meet Thomas & he looks at me from head to foot & tells me I am as big as him & that he thinks Ill do now - & then he enquires after John , a fine boy is John poor fellow. He then gives me a shake of his hand & says good morning .
Old Spencer you know who I mean, the man who says by the bye, do you happen to know, still frequents our back office almost daily. He is attorney for George Hare Lister, but a great bore,- Sam Dobson has put his affairs into the hands of Harry Story who wants an account of his affairs & threatens to file a bill in Chancery without it is properly rendered.- The Town Council have got the Stipendary Magistrate put off for two or three months to come - Lord Palmerston who has the appointment wrote to the Council to reconsider the salary, he thinking that 600 a year too small a sum, and the Council have got the consideration of it postponed till the next general meeting - About a fortnight ago Father acted as Chairman ( being president ) at a Soiree at the St. Nicholas reading rooms - among the company advertized to be there were Mr. Blackett M.P., Sir John Fife, The vicar & two curates, C.J.Hamond Esq., & a few others. The whole affair passed off very pleasantly - after tea they had speeches & after that dancing - I sometimes see Savill Hoyle who is a large cheese, he is quite a young bean, & often asks after you - Margaret is going to the Fell Ball on the 12th., as Daggett is one of the stewards. I suppose she will have told you - The Carlo Alberto the frigate is still at Shields but leaves sometime during the month for Southampton or Portsmouth to take in her powder & guns etc.- The Conservators of the River have at length got settled as to the position of the piers at the mouth of the Tyne which I believe will be commenced with in the Spring - They are also going to have docks at St. Peters so that in two or three years Newcastle will be a very important town - I see by the papers of last Saturday (yesterday) that a commission has issued to enquire into the cause of the Cholera at Newcastle, Tynemouth & Gateshead. I wonder what the report will be - I have some money in hand belonging you, Bills & part of your salary as clerk to Moultons Charity.
By the bye some of the old pensioners occasionally ask after you,- they are all the same as when you left, in fact I believe there has never been a meeting of the Trustees except one since you left & which was convened to elect a trustee in the room of poor Potter. Please say what I have to do with your money,- must I bank it or how; perhaps it would be better so that in the course of time you would have a nice reserved fund - Your cod liver oil has been sent by the ship Richard Reynolds, Capn. Taylor, addressed to you at Alexandria,- which I hope, together with some more things for you will arrive in safety.- Have you seen anything of Stanton or Hardcastle, if they are anywhere near you go and see them & stay a few days with them,- it will be a pleasant change for you. Stanton I suppose has shot a boar,- if you see him tell him to send me one of the tusks. The other night I paid a visit to Coxons shop & was sorry to see how both Mr. & Mrs. Dolly Coxon have faded. They complain sadly of the boys having left their shop & gone to one beside Percy Street kept by one of Bruces old manservants.- Lawrence Hewison the Corn Merchant died suddenly on Tuesday.- He went home in a cab about 4 oclock & died before morning,- a disease of the heart I believe carried him away.- I have once more commenced to read Stephens Commentaries but I assure you I get very badly on with my reading. Night after night I am either forced out or else some person is here. For the last 3 weeks (Xmas time) I have read little or nothing- I also purpose making a push to spend my last year in London. The examination questions last term were very easy,- I sometimes funk & sometimes think Ill get through - I wish you were well & able to go up at the same time with me .
James Temple fell down in the street in London the other day (through the frost & ice) & cut his head.- I wonder if he has got any whiskers yet & what he has done with his 3 portraits.- Our neighbours Mr. & Mrs. Hamond are both well & as far as I can see it will not be long before there is another young Hamond.- Tonight Father, Margaret & self are going over to Annies to meet Mr. & Mrs. Umpleby, but what time we will get back je ne sais pas - Father poor man often pulls your letter out of his pocket for it is his constant companion, & frequently reads extracts to his friends, such as Joe Cowen etc. & then they talk of you - he appears to me to be always thinking of you; he has written you today & his letter will reach you by the same post as this, but I should think it will have been read by the time you take mine up.- I was annoyed at your not getting my letter sent to the Post Office, Gibraltar - did you ever call there & see if there were any letters for you, for I addressed it to be left till called for - how long will it be before I get a letter from you, for you may be sure I am always anxious to hear from you - but when you write me, mind I hope you will be able to say conscientiously I am getting better fast.- I still occupy the garret as my bedroom but it is fearfully cold this weather, for we have snow on the ground & severe frost & occasionally a few east winds - how do you get your time spent, what do you do all day, have you seen any jolie filles you like better than yourself?
There is no news from Johnny Herring, I wonder where he is.- Hannah very rarely writes to Margaret, I think Elizh. is her correspondent,- she still complains of being dull, I dont wonder at it for she had nothing to do here but make herself comfortable - I have written to the editor of the Law Students Magazine telling him to send no more numbers & I will send him your subscription tomorrow - Last night there was a large fire in North Shields immediately below our office. The property burnt belonged to a man of the name of McGregor, a rope or rag merchant. He had a short time back a fire in Newcastle, he is however fortunately insured.- & now to conclude having exhausted my stock of news & knowing at the same time Margt., Father & Scurr have likewise written & that by avoiding as much as possible what they were likely to tell you, you will get fresh news out of each of our letters, at least I hope so. I believe me to be most ardently wishing you a speedy recovery, a long life & many, very many happy new years
Your faithful & affe. brother J. Henry Ingledew
Mr. J.P. Ingledew
P.S. Call at Pethonier & Co. & see if any letters are waiting there for you. I & Margaret both wrote per last mail.