I fear I have not much news to tell you, however, I thought you would be pleased to get a letter from me and accordingly here I am in the dining room of our new house, scribbling to you and wondering where this will reach you and what you will be doing when you get it. We have got nearly settled at last and the house looks so nice, clean and comfortable; we have got a new carpet for the dining room and new stair carpets beside various other little things. I had a busy weary time of it and feel almost awant of something to do now it is a fortnight since we got in.
You will be to hear that father is Alderman Ingledew, there now. There were but 30 at the Council and everyone voted for him; you may be sure that he is quite delighted. I will get a journal posted for you tomorrow with an account of it in. Tonight James, Williams, Mr Welford, Mrs Kidd and many others I know are going to Mr Bruces - he is going to have a reunion of all his old pupils for the last 20 years back. I suppose a card came for you also which James answered. You would have liked to have been there I fancy. Miss Phillips is staying with the Dunnes. Miss Dunne, Anna and Miss Phillips are staying down at Tynemouth, to be out of the way, I think for Mrs Dunne has been changing one of her servants. They are so fashionable at Victoria Terrace just now dining at five and drinking tea at eight, dressing for dinner in low dresses & short sleeves etc. I went down on Tuesday afternoon and we went to Marsden Brik but it was so damp and foggy we had no enjoyment in coming home. Mr Hall and Sarah Dunn are still very sweet as the phrase goes but strange to say they do not seem any further advanced.
Poor old Miss Pybus of Fleetham is dead and we heard of it by mere accident as no one pleased to send us word. Mrs Paths I suppose managed everything, she has left Annie a set of old China cups & saucers, Lizzie a glass sugar basin and you a golden pheasant. No one else of our family is a legatee. Mr Kirk is also gone, called suddenly at the last to his long home. He has left Lizzie £10 as a remembrance I should think, being her godfather. Mrs Kirk as soon as she gets mother settled at Catterick is coming back to reside among her friends in Newcastle and wants a small & cheap house near the shop. The circuit begins on Tuesday and as soon as it is over father & William are going into Yorkshire where the Sheriff of Newcastle is going to give a grand dinner party at the Green Dragon to the following Gentlemen: Mr Kirby, Captain Fife, Huck, Mr Peacock, Mr Saddler, Mr Carter, Mr Pybus, Mr Basher, Mr Plues, Mr Milburry, Mr Douthwaite, Mr Cail, Mr Welford. Would it not be a treat to see them especially when the gold snuff box goes round. We got your letter quite safely & I cannot say I felt sorry to hear of your sea sickness as so many people have told me that without it the voyage would have done you no good & I am very anxious dear John that you should through Gods mercy, come back to us, strong & well. James & I were just saying at tea tonight, how much we would like you home again. I saw old Mrs Cail tonight also & she was saying how much she thought of you & desired to be very kindly remembered to you. People often ask after you, does it not make you very happy to think, when you are so far away, you have so many to think of you, and to love you, the idea often crosses my mind, am I cared for so much? I have not seen Jessie Hewett lately, she called here the day we got your letter & was pleased to hear you were getting on so well. William is very busy with his house, Mr Welford and time are still struggling against each other, Mr Cail & Annie are going on as usual & so are we all. Father is better both in body & temper. I was so glad to hear of your little preserve puddings, how you would enjoy them after the salt beef. I have often seen Mrs Henzel & like her better and better. With my very best love & wishes for your well being
Believe me my dear brother
Yr affectionate sister
M. D. Ingledew
5th May 1853