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From Margaret D Ingledew to her brother John Pybus Ingledew


My dearest brother,

I have been by myself nearly the whole evening and I have been sitting thinking anxiously about you. I hope dear John you now feel better and I pray that God in his mercy may grant you restoration to health and strength but should He see fit to remove you from this world of care and trouble I pray that he may have prepared you for the change and take you into Himself. You have ever been a kind and affectionate brother to me and all your little acts of love. Our nursery days when we sat upon Mary Cummin’s box and matched black and white men has come vividly back to my mind tonight, I have thought of all of the warm and generous advocate I have ever found you in all my own troubles and may God bless you dearest John do as I do. I have myself been disappointed in seeing Mr Nesham but will try again for the third time is lucky as the saying is. Father has been telling us that when you are out of your time he intends sending you to Egypt again. Won’t that be nice. You will be able when you come home to lecture to us yourself upon the binarial inscriptions a propos the vicars next lecture is fixed for March. I have no doubt I will forget the first before I hear the second. It is arranged dear John that I have to join you in London in April and go back to Torquay with you for a few months. Do you think you would like to be troubled with me for I intend to chatter you into capital spirits and won’t let you read too much. If however you would like me to come to you now I hope you will say so as Father will I am sure, willingly allow me. James has gone to a party at Mrs Pattisons of Swinburne Place. He is a very gay young man but constantly complains that he has no time for reading. I met Mr G. P. Gibson today. He tells me he is going to write to you. I have had Tom Scurr tonight for an hour and he desires his very kind remembrances to you. We often talk to each other about you. Mr Thompson our late curate has left England for America, the vicar has not yet decided whether or not he will keep two curates or one for the future. On Sunday we are all going to dine with Lizzie and I must prepare a stock of patience for Mr Welford’s harangues as I am the only one who is polite enough to listen to him with anything like attention. Eliza is very gay and is going the round of the Balls. Annie is very well but very quiet as she expects her confinement in a week’s time.

Miss Pybus is now better, and always asks so kindly after you. It is bed time now and I must finish with very kind love and believe me.

Your affectionate sister

Margaret D Ingledew

1st Feby. 1855

P.S. Be very particular in following the doctor’s directives and above all your cod liver oil as I believe it an excellent thing. Would you old plan of rubbing your chest with oil not be advisable, but be most careful of cold after it and another thing I must impress upon you and beg you to attend to is to have your linen well aired. Few people are so particular as out old washerwoman and I have been from home when upon putting linen to the fire, quite a steam has arisen, as in good time every Saturday night, give the servant your shirt, nightshirt flannels and stockings and tell her to put them in your room before you go to bed, do this with your clothes during the week, also and have a fire in your room whenever it is cold.