Letter folded and addressed to:
John P. Ingledew of Newcastle upon Tyne
To be left till called for at the Post Office Gibraltar
Postmarked: Newcastle on Tyne Oc 26 1853 E
Gibraltar 31 MR 1854
Newcastle on Tyne AP 21 1854 E
Overwritten: Unclaimed Referred 1-6
Dean Street- Newcastle upon Tyne 26th. October 1853
We were delighted to receive your letter dated Gibraltar 15 Oct & were more delighted to learn from it your safe arrival there. I hope your sea sickness in the Bay of Biscay did you no harm,- before we got your letter we read in the Times that the Sultan had had her boats swept away and were rather uneasy for fear you should have been ill - but now to give you an account of what is going on here for doubtless your mind will often revert back to this smoky town and wonder how we are all getting on. - Hannah did not leave us until a week after Margaret and I arrived at home and before she left she began to feel very low spirited & Margaret has had a letter from her saying that she still feels dull. I do not wonder at it for she had nothing to think of here but to amuse herself- Before she left Father presented her with a very pretty gold chain- Anne and her children are all well. I saw them last night and they all desired to be remembered to you. Elizh. is in much better spirits & her better half is quite well- Daggett & his little wife are both well & to all appearances perfectly happy. Father Margt. & myself are the same.
St. Nicholas ward is once more all excitement. Wm. Young has retired & John Anderson & John Bennett Alexander have come forward to supply the vacancy; Locky Harles time expires in a week so that he will with the other two have to contest the election. Father as Alderman of the ward called a meeting last Friday night for the purpose of choosing two fit & proper persons to represent the ward, and there was such fun. Welford proposed Alexander & Campbell the boot maker seconded him but I do not remember who proposed thee other two. However Campbell made a violent speech detrimental Lockeys public character & didnt Lockey pitch into him; Lockey also pitched into Welford & Geo. Robertson Shield for getting up Alexander as an opponent to him; However from what I hear Lockey has to go out; he says he will not canvas & if they reject him he will retire knowing that he has served the ward faithfully and well - Wm. Berkley has come forward for All Saints East but whether he will be returned I dont know. Last night Campbell gave a lecture in St. Nicholas school room on the life and poetry of Lord Byron & very well I imagine he would do it. He read me on the day before the lecture the way in which he killed Lord Byron (to use his own words) & very good it was .
There has been a most fearful shipwreck in the channel this week- a large bark with 60 hands lost (save one) - She was bound to Australia I believe with a cargo and the ship before she left London was perfectly tight. In the Channel she encountered a heavy gale which continued to increase until she capsized, and then one by one they were washed off & drowned save this one man who was a good swimmer & managed as often as he was washed off the spar on which he was sitting to swim back. Bye the bye the vessel sunk before all the hands were washed off & took some down with it- the poor fellow was picked up the next day by a brig & landed at Dover.- I met Mrs. Cail the (old lady) yesterday & upon my telling her that we had that morning received a letter from you & that you were in good spirits, she was so delighted & desired me not to forget & remember her to you- We are still very short handed in the office- Wm. has not been at the office since Saturday night, being unwell. Robinson on Monday was helping Welford to get Alexanders papers ready for the opposition & today he has never showed face so that Frank & I are the only two clerks.- I have not, nor have any of the other clerks, since I came home received any word from Edward. Frank & I have both written but have not yet received any reply- The Cholera by the report of last night has abated for there was not a single case- This I am happy to say (is what has long been wished for & has caused people to resume their business again- Tomorrow Father gives one of his official dinner parties & strange . that it should have fallen on your 21st. birthday- allow time, on behalf of Father & all the family to wi .. earnest wish that you may day by day go ..& that you may long be spared to be among .like you back, but would like you to be of good health- we often drink your good .. it regularly on the Sundays & speculate where ...a letter from you to say you are well always cheers fresh hope that in a few months we will .again - among the gentn. coming are the Vic Gavin & Lausis, the master of the Trinity House .Corporation, we purpose dining 18 in all - at the Vicarage & in conversation with Mrs. Moody . had been at Gibraltar - what a strange .. Engledue- Father purposes writing him I thin can you had better call & see him on your return me a letter of introduction to some parties in Alex .. I will forward to Alexandria in the course of a . it will be safer for fear you might miss this- . me to be, although your Brother one who very . night & day-