Letter folded & addressed: Mr. John P. Ingledew
Captains Clerk on board of
Screw Steam Transport "Lord Raglan"
10 Great James St.
Bedford Row London
6th. Dec. 1855
I have just received yours of the 24th. Ulto. I am truly glad you keep well you must have had a very uncomfortable adventure on that night you were compelled to sleep with the soldiers in their tent, particularly as the fleas disturbed your rest,- I am glad you have seen the Malakhoff the Redan the docks the Black Battery etc., for now wherever you go, or in whosoevers company you are in, you are sure to be looked up to & respected your society courted and in short everybody will feel anxious to hear you recount your adventures dont I envy you ; nevertheless I feel happy to know that you are well deserving of what people may say to your good Your ring I observe is non est , what were you doing to drop it overboard How funny that Capt. & Mrs. Henzell should hear you were dead fom whom did they get their information What did his wife say when when she saw you ; wasnt she amazed ?
Now for Home News . Bob Martinson of the District Bank embezzled between 3 and 4 thousand pounds & was caught at Southampton on board of a steamboat on the point of weighing anchor for New York , & he has this week been sentenced to fourteen years transportation by Baron Martin Winter Assizes have been appointed to be holden at NCastle & several other places & that accounts for him having been tried at the present season . William Edward Brockett , the Solr , is a bankrupt & horse racing is the cause report states he has lost a great many of his clients money . There has been a most horrid murder at Burnopfield - a young man , Henry Watsons assistant , was shot & nobody knows by whom a reward of £500 is offered . Edward Fryer comes up to town tonight & is going to stay with me a few days , what shall I do with him ; his sister is going to join him as soon as he gets lodgings . Thompson , Bruce & Browning are all in town & I often see Thompson & have great fun with him On Friday he & I are going out to a small party at the Murrays (the Temples cousins) & the other night we were out to a party at the Temples Thompson it appears was at school with Jimmy Temple & knows him very well .
Sowerby has passed his examination the questions & answers are out & the examination appears to have been more easy than usual Never mind , if you will only wait until Michaelmas next , you & I , Thompson , Fryer , Bruce & Browning will all go in together and should we pass , wont we have fun . Ralph Park Philipson is the new Mayor of NCastle , Anthony Nichol (Sallys father) Sheriff & Wm. Daggett Undersheriff . James Smith of Mackey & Smith is Mayor of Gateshead . Margaret has been for the last 7 weeks staying in Yorkshire & during the whole of that time she has only once written me Harry Hill is just as egotistical as ever the girl with the liquid blacks is still absent ; although I have seen her cousin & her sister who bye the bye is very like her save that she squints . I am fearfully dissipated here & am turning seedy I lodge at No.10 Lower Calthorpe St. , Grays Inn Road but do not think I shall stay there long Your best plan will be to go up to the Temples when you arrive in town or else come to the office for me . You remember me telling you I met a nice girl at Hexham called Stokse belonging of London ; well she has got married & I was at the wedding party at night All the nice girls get married By the bye report states that Tom Scurr was plucked at his entrance examination for Durham University & that he has left Durham & gone to St.Bees Poor soul , I wonder what Margaret thinks of him . It is also reported that Charley Henzell ( the Captns brother) has bolted with a lot of tin not his own . Seymour I am happy to say has reformed & is giving every satisfaction .
Last Friday the King of Sardinia arrived in London on a visit to the Queen ; he met with a hearty reception & was loudly cheered Jimmy Temple still continues to be a goose & howls & yells like mad , so much so that he frightened Thompson when he was there . Mena Murray & Susan Murray are two devilish nice girls & full of fun . Old Temple put up for Vestryman for Mary le bone district but was defeated by a large majority old Dryden I have never yet called upon Mrs. Howey & her fair daughters are still in town & much improved in their looks . Do if possible bring some relics from Sevastopol for me say a pistol , sword , or anything of that sort . How strange you should not have got my letter . I have been sadly bothered in my letters to you , no less than two have been returned .
Of course you will write me again giving me some idea when I may expect you here & what your movements are ; by the bye , has any person ever written you from home ? I even in London only hear from Daggett & Annie . Ellen Watson has been learning dancing & I believe wished to go to the Mayors Ball but no person would take her what a drop Miss Custance often calls to see her I wonder how & where your Xmas day will be spent mine has to be at the Hills & we are going to perform Charades & make fools of ourselves . My stock of news run out Hope your health continues to improve ; I am afraid you will find the weather beastly cold but you must drink plenty of grog , & take active exercise . Last night Sowerby got a turkey sent him from home & he & I after getting it roasted , ate until we nearly bursted ; after that we had a walk but felt uncomfortable , & this morning I feel feverish for I never got a wink of sleep all night & at breakfast made a fresh attack on the remnants of the turkey - & now dear Jack I must shut up but before doing so , must wish you a merry Xmas & a happy new year , together with health & every blessing that is allotted to human beings I often think of you wish you were lodging with me & had you beside me to talk with & make me laugh au revoir God bless you .
Your affectionate brother
J . Henry Ingledew