Envelope: Mr. John P. Ingledew Mr. W. Herring
Messrs C & L & Co. Quebec
Readdressed: Dean Street Newcastle Tyne
Stamped: FORWARDED Various postmarks: Newcastle on Tyne Ju 23 1853
Liverpool Ju 24 1853
Quebec Jul 10 1853
Montreal Jy 14 1853
Liverpool Jy 31 1853 Pkt. Letter
Newcastle on Tyne Au 1 1853
Also: 1s.4d. 2s.4d.
Written on inside flap of envelope:
Dear John. I do hope you keep better and I send my best love to you and be sure and take care of yourself. Mind get better.
Newcastle 23rd. June 1853 (back office 6 p.m.)
Your two letters arrived safe, the first of which caused us considerable uneasiness and anxiety - we were all extremely sorry to hear of your having broken another blood vessel and sincerely hope that before you return home you will be quite well and strong again. Dr. Hedley who was here the other day seems to think that it would have happened even if you had been at home. He says that your lungs are weak on account of your having grown so tall lately & that if you dont grow any more at present but get fat, you will in the course of a few weeks be perfectly well again. Your second letter of course was more agreeable especially as it shows that you are getting better and enjoying yourself. Mr. Alderman Lowrey was here today & suggested that you should remain at Quebec until the beginning of September & come home by the steam boat leaving Montreal for port Glasgow as by so doing you would have the advantage of a surgeon in case of need and would have time to enjoy yourself abroad & would not be so long at sea (the steam boats are only about 14 days in crossing), to which suggestion Father desires me to say, he gives his most cordial consent- of course you will adopt it .
Last night we had the pleasure of Mrs. Henzells company for a short while, and she desires to be kindly remembered to you & wishes to know whether or not you are shot particularly as it would be by one of natures fairest guns. Take my advice & try & persuade her to return back with you. Miss Elizabeth Herring has just returned home after having finished her education in London- and what is more, is likely to cause some stir in Town. She I suppose is exceedingly pleasant, affable and agreeable, and is of what I saw of her, pretty; dont you wish you were at home?- On Tuesday night Margaret & myself were at the Watsons (late of Burnopfield) where we met Thompson ( Brockitts Clerk) & two London ladies & I think I never for a long time spent such a pleasant evening; we tried the table moving, which is causing great sensation all over England- and after sitting still for about half an hour with our fingers & thumbs touching each other, the table began to move. We then knocked our chairs out of the way & ran round the room with it, laughing all the time fit to split our sides & Thompson making funny remarks. After that we played at charades during which Thompson had to figure off as a lecturer in Botany & very well indeed he played his parts. He desires to be kindly remembered to you and is going on your return to read with us.
Mr. & Mrs. Temple are at present staying with Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Proctor at Rye Hill & tomorrow are coming to stay with us. Daggett & Mr. Temple went to Edinburgh on Monday & returned last night. Daggett went about that matter of Towards the Ivanhoe & Mr. Temple went to see his friends. Father is talking about having one of his official dinners in about a weeks time. Mr. James Losh has been appointed the new County Court Judge in the room of Mr. Wilkinson resigned, - Mr. Losh has resigned his office of Alderman & the Mayor was today duly elected in his place - it is a thing I believe never known to have happened here before, for the Mayor & Sheriff to be made Aldermen in the same year. Poor Billy Blackitt who married Miss Shafto died yesterday. He had inflammation of the bowels twice & I believe that so weakened & injured him that he never recovered it. Hannah from Kirby Thore is here; she came on Wednesday & is going to take charge of the house during Margarets absence at Rothbury. Our cook is going to leave us, she being in the family way & Ann is I believe coming back to fill up her place for a short time. Tom Scurr desires to be kindly remembered to you & so do all your fellow clerks. Edward desired me to say that you have to mind & not be led away by the ladies; to which I might safely say how could you when you are shot with a gun.- There has been a terrible swindling transaction taken place here since you left: Todd the Distiller on the Quay has bolted, without paying the excise - report states that he has got away, upwards of 20,000 pounds with him.- He is off to New York & if he is not caught you might perchance meet either him or his sons Henry or John. Among the creditors are Edward Liddel, Charlton the corn merchant who lives along Lovaine Row, young Barries who married Miss Wilson of the Fell, in fact nearly all the corn merchants in town. Forrester the Bow Street Officer is dispatched after him.- John Herring has never cast up yet, neither has he ever been heard of. Sep Cail has bought a piece of ground at the top of Catharine Terrace, Gateshead & intends to build a house thereon; in fact he has commenced but the Corporation say that he has gone too far on the public footpath with it, which he denies, alleging that he has built only upon the ground which has been conveyed to him, & we have written to the Corporation telling them that if they touch the wall or are seen on his premises, they will be prosecuted as trespassers. I believe Sep is inclined to compromise rather than go to trial.
The time for Daggetts wedding is drawing to a close; he is very sorry you will not be at home to honor him with your company. His furniture is nearly all ready & Anne has been preparing all his linen for him. A few weeks ago Hamond & Welford got up a picnic to Warkworth but none of us were there fortunately for there are two reports concerning it afloat: one that they enjoyed themselves very much - the other that certain parties were very rude & ungentlemanly. Jessy Hewett desires to be kindly remembered to you and feelingly wishes you better. We are all well at home & all wish you to remain where you are until September when we expect you will be better, & above all you must mind & return by the steam boat: write soon & we will, some of us, write you every week. Tender Fathers best thanks & respects to Mr. & Mrs. Herring, as well as all of ours, for their kindness to you. Have you any commissions to execute? You are getting rich for the bills are coming in thick - and with love and best wishes I remain
Yours affectionately J. Henry Ingledew
P.S. Should want cash,- write home for some & we will make arrangements for your getting it there.