John Pybus Ingledew,Esq.
Care of Mr.Thorn
Envelope postmarked ALEXANDRIA
FE 18 1854
As it is about time for the Alexandrian mail to leave, I must think of my usual letter and truly hope that you have received all I have written to you. I can so easily imagine how welcome a letter from home must be to you. Father received your last letter about a fortnight since and we were all very glad to find that you were better than when you wrote before. It is a good thing you are going up the Nile with some companions for really you must be dull all alone. I dont think I could bear it though I should like to be with you to see these old Eastern cities. We have had very severe weather here lately. From Christmas until the week before last it was a continued snow storm and the cold was most intense. Many people say we have not had such a low temperature since 1818. By reason the slippery state the streets were in making accidents happen and among the sufferers was old Mr. Swanston who has had his thigh broken. The gales on the coast have been perfectly terrific and the destruction of life and property very bad. I went down to Tynemouth one day to see the wrecks which were just under the Battery Banks as also on the opposite shore. The Gateshead Fell Ball took place on the 12th. and was a most delightful one. James and I went accompanied by Miss Custance, Mrs.George Henzells sister. Annie and Sep were there and also Wm. and Eliza. The other Sunday we had Mr. Barker the Catterick Pedagogue, Mr.G.Gibson, Mr. Smith of the Dell, Mr. and Mrs. Daggett, and Mrs. Umpleby and Sep dining with us. Quite a large party was it not?
James and I were at the Watsons of St. Thomas St. last week to a small party. We performed a Charade Sel.fish and really we enjoyed ourselves very much. Last night we were at a tremendous party at the Nicholls of the Shield Field. We were not invited until half past eight and arrived at nine. I suppose there were 130 people in the house and upon the whole we were not inconveniently crowded. Anat is staying here just now. She came yesterday week and will remain I think until about the middle next. She is as usual in excellent spirits and desires her very kind love to you and they are all much obliged to you for writing to them. We are going tonight to get tea with Annie and expect the extreme felicity of meeting Mrs. Daggett whose husband along with our Papa is going to dine in the Close with the Churchwardens today. St. Nicholas Church regains posession of some property which will bring in between 3 and 4 hundred a year, and it is to celebrate this event that the dinner takes place. Tomorrow Annie and her family will favour us with their company to dinner and Wm. and Eliza to tea. You will think us an amiable family, will you not, dear John, when you read of our frequent meetings and family reunions. We have in fact scarcely ever a Sunday to ourselves. I have only been to church at night six times since my return from London and when I do manage to get, I consider it quite a treat. Last Tuesday there was a Consersazione; Miss Eliza and I went and enjoyed it so much. There were some most beautiful transparencies which attracted much attention as also a sewing machine. The invitations for the Mayors Ball are out for the 16th. and a very large Ball is expected. Father, James and I will go and Miss Margeret Watson(your old friend) will accompany us. Do you remember the last Ball a year ago? I have tried hard to persuade Jessie Hewett to go with us but poor girl she is so weak from the effects of her late illness, I do not think she will get.
I have got five such beautiful hyacinths in the window. The sight of them makes one almost fancy it summer. I expect two of the Miss Carters to stay with me very shortly. I hope and trust the two youngest may come for really they are rather elderly friends for me. I sometimes meet your friend young Thompson of Carlton Terrace in the streets and he is looking quite blooming, his complexion getting redder and redder each time I think. We often have Mr. Scurr along, he and James are excellent friends. The Miss Dunns returned from France about a month since and are especially and awfully conceited. Mr. Erickson still continues a devoted lover and poor Mr. Hall does not appear to get a step further. Mr. Henry Bell of Preston Place is married; his wife you will remember meeting at the Neshams last year, she was Laura Richardson. They were at the Nicholls last night and Mr. Bell told James that whoever wrote to you was to remember him very kindly to you. They had a long conversation about you . Harry Scott was married last Tuesday to Miss Shadforth and his wifes mother died the very next day, poor thing, it would be a sad wedding for her. I believe the fact of her being so seriously ill made them hasten the wedding. Nothing has been heard of Master John Herring since his departure from his uncles. Mrs. Herring has recovered her spirits in a very great measure though she often gets very low about him. Miss Herring is a most extraordinary girl and I do think she is a little cracked (to use an elegant expression) sometimes. I have not seen either Captain or Mrs. Henzell lately as I have been much engaged with Aunt. The Feronia poor old ship is sold and Capt. Athin is appointed to the command I suppose. He has been asking when you are likely to return as he would come to Newcastle on purpose to see you. Father sends his love to you and desires me to tell you that he will write to you by the next mail. He says dear John that you are not to think of a situation for the next few years: that his sole object is to establish your health and if he finds that you will are not suited for the law you should at once give it up; but at present he wishes you to pay attention to your health alone and not to concern yourself about anything else just now. He is both willing and able he says to keep you as you are, so dear John do not fidgett yourself any more. Mr. Lister the silversmith always asks so kindly after you and has made me promise that upon the receipt of each letter I will call and tell him how you are. Mind dearest John and take a great deal of care of yourself and let us have you home strong and healthy. Be sure and say exactly how you are, and when you write again add a postscript for me just to tell me what state your clothes are in. James will write by this mail also and with kindest love I remain dear John
Your affectionate sister
Finished 2nd.February 1854