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Folded paper envelope marked "By Southampton"

Mr John P Ingledew

of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Post Office


To be left till called for 2nd Nov/53


and postmarked Newcastle-on-Tyne No. 2 1853

Inside of paper envelope:

The enclosed is the letter of introduction received by Mr Temple from Messrs. Joyce Thurburn & Co. the day after you left London. J.H.I.

Frank sends his respects.

Write soon and I will reply - instante


Dear John

A letter from home will be a welcome occurrence I am sure to you and it is nearly as great a pleasure to me to have an opportunity of writing to you. It was three weeks last Monday since James and I left London. He got home about five o’clock and found none but the servants in, Father having gone on his circuit a day earlier and Hannah being out to tea. I was so glad to get home again I assure you since then we have been very quiet. The cholera I may now say has quite left us and believe Drs. and Lervis have returned to London. You would never imagine from the appearance of the streets that any thing had occurred, all is so busy and bustling again. Father received your letter yesterday week and was so pleased he read it several times over and even now carries it in his pocket, I wish you would address all your letters to him, it gives him so much pleasure. I am sure I would resign my share of them to him as your letters are public property. He was much pleased about Mr Ingledue. Thursday was your 21st birthday and strange to say Father filled his dinner party for that day. All went off so well and gave entire satisfaction. He had Dr Gavin, Mr Liddell, Mr Henzell, Mr Nesham, Mr Sennick, Mr R Dodds, Mr Blackwell, Mr Henderson, Mr Joseph ……………. Mr John Gibson. Several more were invited but could not come. After dinner Mr Alderman Blackwell proposed your health and quite pleased Father. Yesterday was the election day for the several wards, in St Nicholas Lockey Harle is out and Mr Anderson and Mr Cleasders are in. Wm Berkly is in for All Saints, Mr Gregson the surgeon for St John’s. Dr Robinson came forward for St Andrew’s but was put out. Mr Herle was nearly 120 behind and resigned about 1 o’clock in a most fearful state of excitement. We are all glad he is out but all appear to feel for him very much, it had so much effect upon him. I suppose Mr Hammond is over the moon but I have not seen him to speak to since my return, he never ever having been in. Hannah left us a fortnight yesterday since and has been so dull since she got home poor girl, her brother John has been exceedingly ill with Rheumatic fever and is still very weak. James Henry had a letter from Edward Fryer the other day he is getting nicely round again and is coming back to the office in about three weeks time. On Sunday father and I had tea with Daggett. Mr Welford and Lizzie were there and we enjoyed ourselves very much. Yesterday we had them here and expect them on Sunday also. Tomorrow Mrs Harvey and her daughters are coming to tea. I am anxious to keep father’s spirits up just now, Mr Lowly is very poorly and will not ultimately recover and it has quite an effect upon fathers mind. However he is getting himself again for I take care he shall never be alone and often have his friends coming in. The Holleys are going to leave Newcastle for a year or two, Mrs Holley is going to send George to Bury St Edmunds as he has become quite beyond her control. She would like to leave Mary at a day school in London and she and her daughters are going to lodgings. She will if she can let her house furnished. Mr Welford is going from home about the middle of this month and Lizzie her nurse and her baby are coming to stay with us for a fortnight. She is quite well again and in very good spirits. The Mayor’s Ball is given up in consequence of the cholera and we all anticipate a very quiet winter. The Miss Dunns have not returned from the continent yet and Mr Erickson has gone to join them. Mrs Henry has had no news of her son. He has never been heard of since he left his uncles. Next Wednesday Father and the Mayor go out of Office and he resigns the gold snuff box. I shall miss it as I carry it up stairs every night in my key box. Our old house maid Ann has got so nicely settled and comes to see us sometimes. I like the new one very much so far, she is very obliging. I am going to move James’ clothes up into John’s attic as he is going there for the winter. You are very fortunate I am sure in falling in with so many king friends you will enjoy yourself at Seville very much. We all think you are quite right in avoiding the Portes and are truly desirous of your going wherever it is most conducive to health and pleasure. This is a ………..letter for you I am sure and will take a full ten minutes to read if readable it is and I will bring it to a conclusion with our united kind loves to you dear John and all our best wishes for your health and enjoyment. We hope to have a letter soon and

Believe me my dear Brother

Yr. Affectionate sister


November 2nd 1853