Letter folded & addressed to: Mr. John Pybus Ingledew
Messrs. Williamson & Co.
10 Great James Street
Stamp: One penny red , perforated
Postmarked: Newcastle on Tyne 14 JU 1856
Newcastle 14 June 1856
My dear John Pybus
This being the time of holding the June Circuit , today is the first day I have been in the office since the receipt of your Epistola mirabilis its contents certainly surprised me not a little ; it however soon occurred to me that a susceptible heart is one of natures gifts and that matrimony judiciously contracted is a desirable attainment . Knowing the young ladys connexions I can have no objection as to her, but the serious question in a negotiation of this nature is "How are you to keep her?"- as suggested by yourself . If your health is likely to be such as to justify your residence in Newcastle , then a treaty for a share of the Partnership Business may reasonably be entered into but you should not marry until you have been sometime in Business : recollect that your father did not get married until he had been nearly seven years in Business after serving fifteen years as an apprentice . The further consideration & discussion of this matter must be postponed until your return to the North when conferences may be had .
I have not seen Ann IAnson since her return. When I do see her I will pay her the £5 which she advanced. I have before me your letter of yesterday: you will of course take out a practising certificate. You had forgot that you told me in a previous letter that you would send the Certificate to Mr. Engleheart for enrolment or registration I have not heard from Mr. Engleheart You will take care to pay him out of the £50 received of Messrs. Williamson Hill & Williamson & retain the balance. I have been frequently congratulated on your passing and admission as one &c you will let me Know when you intend starting for the North My respects to all friends & love to James Henry who I am glad to hear is laying a foundation for passing with eclat.
P.S. you will see by the newspaper that Mr. Woodman of Morpeth is appointed County Court treasurer in lieu of Mr. Lambert dec. a good appointment If you see Mr. Smith again remember me to him & express my gladness at his having passed with so much credit.
Bring down a bag smaller size than those you brought before.