Morris’ letters: 1 January 1811 – journey to Deal, news from home

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R. the 11th Instant The First after fourlough

Deal Barracks January 1st 1811

This is to let you know I came hereunto  yesterday very well all the way till we came between Gloster and Oxford wheel of the Coach Broak on the way and the Coach fell down on his side no Body was hurt we was foure together.  On Sunday we had great snow all the day it was very Bad to Travel –  we took the coach in Heriford for London and we paid one pound foure shillings. I have paid on the Road everything together £3.4s.7d.½

Benjamin Jones is going home on Furlough tomorrow and I am going to send 4 silk handkerchief of Difirand sorts to you the four cost me 19s. 9d. I have nothing Particular to inform you at present. Let me know in the next how did you com on at Narberth and if any thing particular hapen there since I came from there.

And let me know whether did you heard from Thomas it or not. I have saw John Bowen he is well and harty Remember me to Daniel Williams and all my friends. Derect to me as usual. So no more from me at present

Morris Williams


[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

24th of instant

Received of the hand of Benjamin Jones four silk handkerchief  mentioned in this letter per John Williams.


January 26 1811

Your letter dated January 1st 1811 came  to hand the 11th instant, And we was glad to hear that you arived  safe without much hinderance  We was very uneasy about you for a letter came from Evan to Pegy his wife a week before yours to us I did take the opportunity to write these lines to you in hope they will meet you in your usual health as its leave us at present, but your mother was ill and keep her bed a week about (yr hen galan) the old new years day. She is at present as she usualy be, after she take John Owens ingredient.

The reason of our Delay in write to you this time was that we expect Benj Jones, and the Day before yesterday he came  to our house. That was the 24th of January With the Hanckerchiefs in Evening and went away after sit awhile he did not sleep with us one night. He is diligent and industrious boy, I think he want to gain a pound or two towards is expense in returning, to Deal Barracks.

What is your design in send the Hanckerchiefs home by Ben Jones which to sold them and send the money with him back to you, or let them rest here until you come home to have the money or the Hanchiefs, his furlough will last to the end of February and ten Days more, if this letter will come to your hand 2nd or 3rd of the next month and if you be Dispatchful, we shall have one from you about the 10th and put in it your Intention concerning the hanckerchiefs that you may have Answear with him of us, your mother have amind to send a pare of stockins to you by him, tell in the next how did you find the money to give for the neckcloaths for I think you have none against you was there We saw Owen at Canastonbridge on the 21st of Decembr last, he was well and healthy and return to Hounslow next morning in a Coach he was there three Days before us and be at Slebeck the pouder Manufactory is go on onthis level if his master can agree with the old Nathan Phillips Slebeck for a spot of ground of 4 or 500 acres the mills be 20 and ten water wheel one water wheel turns two mills no more than 40lb of pouder be at once in Each mill the cost to erect the mills before thay work will be, £100000 or hundred thousand pounds, hundred pounds weekly to be paid to labourers, if they cannot agree it will go on in. Suffolkshire for there is a convenient place near the sea side so well as Blackpool

About the beginning of April next we shall know with him where it will goes on, he say it will go on without Dupt in one of the two places his masters name is Cap’t Fleecer he has a pouder manufactory in the East Indies and knock it Down there because the long and endless war, I did Dream one night after I was at Canastonbrige about you as followeth I hear at home that the mills was Built and working pouder and in my Dream went down to see Owen and the mills which I did see, and as I walking there in the meadows and the roads I saw a newhouse was built after I was there before, in the hedge of a meadow by a road side above a pool of water was on the road it was […] road I was in the pool when I was there I know the place well and I went up to the house and there you was keeping a Shop of Cloath linen hanckerchiefs and materials for Bricheses waiscots and stockins, I ask you how was you Discharged I was Discharged, said you, by some Gentleman now this long time while after that I wake, your mother and your brethren did compel me to write my Dream to you, it is true I did saw it when I was sleep some night after I was down there.

Mary wife of D’d Edward danralt Died after you went from home, We did not hear nothing of Thomas your Brother yet so no more at present

…..your  mother have a mind to send a pare of stockins to you by him, tell in the next how did you find the money to give for the neckcloaths for I think you have none against you was there

Morris’ letters: 8 August 1811 – embarkation and journey times from Dover to Cork

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R. 16. of August. 8th after furlough

August, 8th 1811

This is to let you know  that I am going to Embark  to morrow at Dover by 9 oClok and to Disembark at Cork so soon I shall arrive there I shall let you know and every thing has hapen on the Voyage

No more at present from

Mr M Williams

Deal Barracks


Last Letter before go to Ireland 9th of August 1811


8th Augt 1811

And the last before go to Ireland Embark 9th of August 1811

Morris’ letters: 14 September 1811 – arrival in Cork, his brother Thomas in Plymouth

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9th after furlough. 1st from Ireland                              R. Sept. 14th, 1811

I hope these few lines will find you all in Good Estate of health as I am at present Thank God. I can’t give but very little acount of this place yet because we have but very little time to ouer selves since we Landed we have rather Dificult Pasage we have been on water 15 Days and on the 16th  we Landed in a place called Dove Near Cork  and we had 4 Days Martch to this Town which would be 5 or six Days Martch in England the contry is very Fategue to Travel and the Townes lays Great Distance from one another

Give my love to all my Relation and likewise to all my Enquirin friends I Remain your Dutifull Son

Morris Williams


The first from Ireland, September 14th 1811

Limerick Barracks

3rd Sept 1811

John Bowen and Benjm Jones is well

Derection Morris Williams Corpl Capt Ferrers Compy Rc Cardigan Militia at Limerick in Ireland or Eles Where


[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

Answer, Sept’r the 16, 1811.

Your letter Dated at Limerick  Barrak the 3rd of Instant came to hand the 14th of the  same and in which we hear you landed in Ireland  safe, We are at home in a moderate state of health  and we hope yours the same, Your money is  with Jno. Phillip & Wm Evan. Theire year is up  since the 10th of this Instant which leave or not leave the Intrest in Wm Evans hand we will Do, I think  it is better for you to leave them in his hand if he will pay Intrest for them, Died Madlen Castell 20 of august Dio Velinlanpoolavon & John Bowen of Killgerran buried both on the same Day, We had letter from Thomas your brother the same time as yours he is at  Plymouth with is master he is a Bregade Major to the General that command Plymouth district

But the 2nd  Batt. Of 23rd Regt is at Carmarthen and left Garnsey Take care of your self in that contry no more at Present

John William


[notes at end of letter]

Thomas was Born on Sunday 24th of July. 1785. and entred Cardigan militia 28th of March. 1803. And returned home from Chester on the 23rd of December 1815. after he was Discharged  from the 23rd Regt on the 16th November 1814.

Morris was Born on the 22nd of January. 1787. and entred Cardigan Militia 25th of January. 1808. and entred the 23rd Regt about the 5th of December 1813. at Heisler Barrack Gosport Died in France the 13th of April. 1815. 29 years two months and 22 Days of Age.

Daniel was Born on the 3rd October 1788. and begins trade  2nd of June. 1808. and went to Houndslow  22nd of June. 1813.

Caleb. Born 24th of December 1793. His Indenture Dated 14th of January. 1812. for three years.

Wm Born the 5th of December 1790.

Morris’ letters: 27 October 1812 – news from home, including the health of his mother and brother

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[John Williams, Morris’ father writes]

October 27th 1812

We hope these few lines met you in the same Circumstance of  health as they left us at present, your mother hath recovered a little  now, she is very unhealthy if she will be a week moderate she will  be fortnight ill, Your letter Dated 29th of August came to  hand on the 14th of September at which time your mother was very ill and continue ill until the 12th of October and from that time  until now she is little better an answer to that Dated & posted on the 15th of the said month, may he is in your hand before now  Dated  16th of Octr came to hand 24th of Instant by David  Davies of Troedurair on Saturday when I and your mother was in  Cardigan and Willm made him welcome of Bread & Chees and  milk and come with him to Cardigan and found us there, and  make him welcome so well as we could, and gave him one po[und]

Note of Landovery Bank according to the letter, Yesterday I was at Minache and had there the last year’s Intrest which was Thirty three shillings, and I of my Necessity keep  them instead of the £2 you had the one by Cap’t Ferrier 27th of June and the other to David Davies of Troedurair 24th of Instant and 7 Remains until some time, allso had three pounds of the contents of your Note Remains £30 This Day £3 shall be put in Cardigan Postoffice for you.

Be content with your circumstance as a Militiaman and return to your contry a Singleman as you left it, when you have a Discharge,

26 of [this month]  I met with Capt  Ferrier at Llantood on the road and he told me that John Bowen  Kilgeran did a Treason against him at Pembrokeshire Election for not  vote the same side as him and say he will remember him for that  Capt Ferrier thinks that you are a cousin to John Bowen. I will tell  him you are not, only know him as a neighbour, and make you known  in the regiment to every man that think so, that you are not a cousin to  him, for Capt Ferrier spoke angrily Towards him, I am afraid that they [will] Look on you worse, keep you that to yourself you shall see how will he go  on, but make known that you are not a cousin to him, Capt Ferrier spoke  commendable of you and say that you are a study man. John Bowen say he promise is vote to Mr Howels in the presence of Mr Ferrier, and at the Election go with Mr James Pantsaison against them both they are both so angry to John Bowen as any men and other Gentlemen with them is towards him, I hear some say that he must join the Reg’t immediatly for is ill behaviour, what ever is in our power to do to you with all readyness shall completed, I am very languid in this language to do any thing. We have no man now but Will. you Tom & Caleb went out of the contry and cannot do nothing to us Daniel is in the Contry but not here, Willm has a runing ulcer on is wrist and cannot do any work and I do not know what will becomes of me and your  mother in short time for I cannot move astep without a stafe and  your mother is very feeble, now after Nourish many children have  none but one with sore arm and so I conclude this time

John William

Dir. to Loughrea, County of Galaway


N.B. by what means did David Davies lent you £1 better than you could lent him £1 and you have better pay than him let we know in the next

28th of October Posted this letter to Loughrea in the County of Galaway Ireland with £3 the stamps and ordors on that Postoffice Charged 4s 11d ½

[…] Sep’tr 10th I make £32 9s 2d to be £33 which is 10s 10d

[…] £ by Mr Ferrier and another by D’d Davies                     Total 15s 9d ½

Troeduraur that is £2 and I had one years                                          7s 0d

Intrest of Minache that is £1 13s and 7s is £2                                  £1 2s 9d ½

 

Mr Ferrier £1 D’d/ Davies Troeduraur £1    ——————–       £2 0s 0d

Intrest from 10th of Sep’tr 1811 until 10th Sep’tr 1812 ———–   £1  13s 0d

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1st after Ireland

Daniel’s letters: 24 June 1813 – arrival in Hounslow, advice from father

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1st – R 27th 40 minits pass 10 at night

Hounslow June 24th at 10 oclock

Dear Father Mother and Brother

This is to let you know I have my Jorney so well as I wish and have a fair wether in all my Jorney,

Dear Mother dont you trouble your mind about me I am well and hearty and I hope you the same, tell when William my Brother come home on thursday he come before night or not tell me in the letter, dont you wright a letter to me before I write you

Please to excuse my hand this time so no more from your most hummble son and servant

Daniel Williams

you have acount of my Jorney in the next tell to my Frinds I well and hearty


Daniel’s Arrival Letter came to Hand the 27th of June 40 minits pass 10 o clock at Night by Will Parkupus 1813. John William


[John Williams, Daniel’s father writes]

Answer to this 24th & the 27th of June 1813 the 1st & the 2nd Letters after his Departure which was on the 22nd of June and Arrived at Hounslow about 10 o clock Thursday Morning the 24th and saw’s unkle,  After Noon, July the 5th 1813.

Yours,  Dated 24th of June at Hounslow after your Arrival comes to hand the 27th and we then was Tranquil in our mind for you,  but your hand wrighting prooves that you are not in your usual Temper when you write them both

But as for your query in that concerning your Brother Will’m He was at home at Sun Set he and the Horses was well when he return from Carmarthen when he sent you there on Thursday 22nd of June,  I and your Mother was in our usual mode, Yours Dated 27th came to hand the 3rd of July in which we hear of your Reception with your unkle and your aunt Take you Care to follow their Advice in all things, take care to avoid bad companies be all ways sober keep your time be meek and humble and do unto all men as you would they should do unto you, and be serviceable to your Relations if something Calls, Remember to look in your Books and in your mensuration Copy and a Religious Books, ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you:

In the next letter tell was any Enquiry of your Education Transacted and  what  Branch in Carpentery Do you follow and what salary at P r  Day or week what is the Market  prise  of Corn Beef Chees & Butter and  what  do  you  pay the week for your Victuals, and where you put yourself up  in hounslow when you arrive there  or go to your uncle s house straitway or how Did you found him, They are at Glanpoolafon Cardigan Penrallthowel Passes thier usual health

The Bull of Wm Davies Treleddin gore his servant 28th of June and there is very little hope life in him Williams the shop keeper Opposite the Angel inn Cardigan Died the 1stof Instant 2nd of Instant the Cart of Dad . Phillip’s hendre upside on is servant and killed him Morgans Priest of Cardigan Bridel and Eglwysirow Died the 2nd of Instant it will be a woe  to  the Horses many of them was Drive hard before he was Dead, Candidats for Bridel are the young Bridestock of Blaenpant Mr Owens Cilvowyr Mr  Jones Killgeran, G. Griffiths Kilgeran Mr  Jones St Dogmeals Mr  Harries Pantudery Mr Thomas Nantgwyn and William Thomas for is son Griffith

John William

N.B. This Letter Posted 5th of July 1813 for Hounslow

Daniel’s letters: 9 August 1813 – Daniel’s arrival and work, powder mills, threshing machines, advice from his father

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R. 12th Instant           4 of Daniel

[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

No. 4 Chapel row Hounslow August 9 1813

Dear Brother I am sory that I could not write sooner for want of Time to furnice me with  materials to write Daniel arivde at Hounslow on the Thurday about 10 in the morning but so great was his Timerety and so shey of his ant that he Remaind at the Bel only 4 Door from my hous l untill I Came home from work Daniel work along with me at millriting from 5 in the morning untill 7 at Night 7 Days per week at the wages of 5s 3d  per Day

he Boards and Beds along with me sence he came he hath not take any of his wages up yet he hath 11£  5s  9d   in the gentelemen hands at this Time we have had no Time t’go to London yet we mene to go the Latter End of Nex week to bey some tools and Daniel a New Bever hatt

he is ready and willing and Doeth what Lays in his power to mack himself servisable and I will tak care that he shall not be Insulted by any body Daniel is to have 5s 3d  per Day until Nex spring and to have 6s  that is my agreement with the gentleman the Propriotor

Daniel or any other yong unexperience  hand  are not suford to go into any place wher ther is any Danger Whatever and I can tell you that he can handle his Tools Better than some we had hear before and now I tell you that gratittuds is allways paying and Never paid : give my Best respect to my Br[other] Thomas and his Famely and Do unto all men as you would wish to be Done unto & and accept of this From your Brther Owen Williams

P.S. any farther Information you may wish Let me nhow in your Nex Lettert his Letter we open it after seale him

1814 Llantood Amlygyn


Dear Father and Mother

I take opportunity to write this fue lines to you and hope to find you in your good state of heal thas its leves me at present And to inform you I recived your letter Dated 1st of August on 5th of the same and glad to hear of your health. I am sorry of my Mother trouble her mind about me I have plenty of everything I want I work at powder Mills now and we go before long to make a thrashin mashine to the same Gentleman for 2 horses and to thrash 20 sake of weat in 12 hours I not like you say to any of your Nibours what I do here

Barrack is near this Town and good many of light Horsemen  in thim no Solders quartred here only go on March I call my Uncle and my Aunt same as other men do Mr W’m  and Mrs Williams Your letters cost here 1s 1d  ½ Give my kind love to my Mother and to my Brothers. Your most dutiful obedient Son and Servant

Dl Williams

not much of carpenter work is here now


[John Williams, Daniel’s father, writes]

Answer to the Letter Dated by Owen 9th of August 1813 at Hounslow16 of August 1813

Dear and Kindly Brother and sister

Your kind and favourable letter Dated the 9th of August came to hand on the 12th of Instant I am much Oblidge to you  for  the good reception you give to Daniel I hope he will please  you  and my sister for so a good Entertainment We are here and at Glanpoolafon in Our usual health and in hope  these  lines meet you the same,  on the 9th of Instant  Phillip the brother of Daniel Nicholas Died at Trecwn in this parish, and so I conclude and accept of this my D. K. B. S. from your Brother

John William


[John Williams, Daniel’s father writes]

For Daniel 16th of August 1813

As I had inteligence of your livelihood with my brother you must take a care to please them for their charitable behaviour unto you, and be ready all ways when my brother or my sister calls. Take you care of yourself keep your time come home before night and be steady Practice yourself in spelling reading wrighting and in Numerical, and in all what maks some benefit to you I do look on your present situation Happy make your best to keep it in hand Your Acquintance Relations and James William of Greenstreet Cardigan Rand’s family Bid me to Remember to you

N.B. some hindrance meet us frequently I am a survayor this year and was on the road all this week and them at home was busy in reaping and have not a time to put this letter in the post house until this Day we are in the same situation as when we Date the above August 21st 1813 write back soon

This posted to Hounslow on the 22nd of Instant

Daniel’s letters: 27 September 1813 – Bonaparte taken prisoner, price of food in Hounslow

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[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

Hounslow Septembr 27 1813

Dear Brother I hop you will Excuse me for not writing to you sooner I have no Complaints to Exibit against Daniel what Ever he would sooner work by himself than be compeld to talk English to his shopmats of which he is Very Backwards by Daniel oun proposial he Boards himself & his ant Cooks for him I have incurege him in it as he may have more Conversation with the Inhabitance which alone will bring  him  soonr to Talk English

News reach London Last night that Bonaparte is taken by the Croun prince of Sweden a prisonor and most of his army Deserted and Dispersd which I sinserly hop to be true be that as it may it is certain that he has been oblidg to fley into the weilds of Bohemia for shelter and his Comuication with france is cut of my Best respects to my Br Thomas and his Family and acept of this to yourself

I reman yor Brothe Owen Willam

P.S. my good Brother any farther Informtion you would wish Let me nhow in yor Nex Letter the price of onion from 5£  10s  12  per Bushel & gallon –


Dear Father & Mother

Your letter Dated 4 of September I Recive on the 8th of the same and glad to hear of your health and hope you in the same health at present And to inform you I have my health very well here and I like this country  very  much, every thing is very dear shoe twelve Shillings pare Butter 1s  6d  fresh butter 1s  9d  cheese 1s  0d and 1s  2d  Bacon from 1s  to 1s  6d  Mutten from 10d  to 14d  Beef from 10d  to 14d Pork from 1s  0d  to 1s  2d  fat goose 8s  or 9s Nine Peny loaf last sumer now for 7d  ¾ – Excuse me for I so long not write to you I hope you write to me so soon as you can and every Particular news I like [to]   know

Pray give my Duty to my Mother and to my Brothers

I am Dear Father your most dutiful son and servant

D l . Williams


[John Williams, Daniel’s father, writes]

Answer to this Penalltddu. October 4th 1813

Dear Brother – yours Dated 27th of September came to hand on the 2nd of October and am glad to hear of your health, we are here in a moderate state of it, But as for Daniel I will leave it to your Disposal to teach 1 and Instruct him in the way of virtue and goodness call him to church with you to hear sermons and make him behave soberly and cleaver  I have many thanks to you and my sister for your kindness to me and him so no more God Blass you all

John William


[John Williams, Daniel’s father, writes]

Daniel my Addvice to you is to be Attentive to your Gardians and Do what they command be Ready to their callings if they want you and please them every time for such a wellcoming, On the 2nd of Instant we had a letter of Caleb from London Dated the 25th of Sept’r and Ready to sail for Portsmouth he was then in is usual health he do not know that you are at Hounslow, I hope you will come to talk to your shopmats with time take you care of yourself to preserve your health the winter commence Remember what your mother Bids you the 4th of September no more at present this 4th of October 1813

John William

Daniel’s letters: 7 November 1813 – Bonaparte is defeated

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Recive November 12th 7th Letter of Hounslow

[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

Novembr 7 1813

my Good Brother hoping these Lines will find you & your Family in good heath as it Leves one at present  Daniel goes on Very well and I think more reconsile to Inglish Neibors than he was at first

I am hapy to Inform you that Boneparte is Defeted in 3 Days sucsesive Fiting with the Empror of Russia prusia & austra he Lost about one Hundred & fifty Thousand in killed wouned and taken prisnor four hundred wagon of powder and amunision the king & quen of Saxony are taken prisnor and about 25000 Saxons have Desarted in the heat of Battle

the Duck of york pass though this Town Last Night on his way to Windsor and he tould the innkeeper where he chang horses that Boneparte is taken prisonor in comon souldir close by a rigment of russan Casacks Remember me to my Brothe Thomas & his famely and exept of this to your self & I remain your Brother Owen Williams

Posted an Answer to this the 14th of No’br  1813 to Houndslow


Dear Father and Mother

Your letter Dated 4th of October I recived on the 8th of the same and glad to hear of your Health I have nothing worthy of notice to advise you of. but this we are all in a good health and in great expectation of the same comfortable Account in your Answer to this.

Astonish thing happen here on October the 4th a man came by the powder mills and stole about six pounds of powder in little bag under his great coat and went to a publick house in Hounslow and drink some beer and was a man smoke a pipe close by him and the powder catch the fire and blow the room window and the frame clean out to the middle of the street and every window  was on the  House was broak and every glass and china broak all in to pices and the front wall was broak very bad and they oblige to build a new wall there.

A story about spirit a Gentleman farmers house was alarmed every night between twelve and one o’clock the chamber doors were thrown open the bed cloths pulled off the beds and the kitchen furniture thrown with violence about the kitchen to the great terror of the family insomuch that the servants gave their Master and Mistress warning to leave their places and some of them actually quitted their service this dreadful affair had lasted about six weeks when a young Gentleman who was there on a visit being in bed one night at the usual hour he heard his chamber door thrown open and a very odd noise about his room, he was at first frightened but the noise continuing a long time he became calm and laid still resolving in his mind what he had best do when on a sudden he heard the spirit cry under his bed which was immediately lifted up & this convinced him that there was some substance in the spirit on which he leaped out of bed secured the door and with his oaken staff belaboured the ghost under the bed as hard as he could untill he heard a female voice imploring mercy. on that he opened the chamber door and called aloud for a light the family all got up as fast as possible and came to his room he then informed them that he had got the spirit under the bed on hearing which most [….] were terribly frightened and would have run off [….] than they came but he assured them they had no[thing] to fear then out he dragged the half murdered [spirit]  from its scene of action. but how great was their surprise and shame when they discovred that this tormenting devil was no other than one of their servant girls about sixteen years of age who had been confined  to her bed  sevral months by illness. So no more at present

D l . Williams


I recived the letter you write in Will’s name I not know did  you recive the letter I Derect to him and I hope you not belive the d’m storis you hear in the harvest about me did you look on me such fool and gone be marry no, no, I know better I am sure I am old a enough about that you may depend Dio velinarayon I surpris of him d’n fool I cant give any other name to him


January hath 31 days

February – 28

March – 31

April – 30

May – 31

June – 30

July – 31

August – 31

September – 30

October – 31

November – 30

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Daniel’s letters: 17 October 1813 – powder mills, life in Hounslow

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R 22nd

8th

Hounslow October 17 1813

Dear Father Mother and Brother

This letter I send to you and hope to find you all in good health as I am at present And to advise you little of this place my Uncle is follow Millwrighting and my Aunt is Bonet maker and very strict England Church

And my Uncle is work at this mills now he been away from here ones with Mr  Fish and mean to built a mills at blackpool and when Mr Fish  Dead  he been some timeout of employ and he came back here again I belve he lost part of his regard when he went away from here he got a very large Garden at the Mills before and when he came back he lost the garden he work here at first for Mr Hill and he keep him like a Slave work in this work and promise him when he Dead left him one half of his Property and he sold the mills to Mr Butts before he Dead and he keep them now and when he Dead he left him £20 instead the one half of his Property he worth £3000000 when he Dead and left them all to Mr Fish

But whatever he live very well and keep nice Little House 2 rooms on the floor and two rooms  upstars and two garden one before the House and the other in the back and Paid £14  of rent

dont you Mention a word in your letters about this because they like to see your letters and to see the letters I send to you and I Derect this to Will and then he not want to see it and if you got any Secret say to me you write a letter and give to some body else to Derect it because they know your Hand writeing and then I say he is a letter from my Brother

my Uncle think of me as I was leyer because you told me to tell the truth and think I was unsobor there and not keep my for you told me to be Sobor here dont you say that no more I cant be nothing better for you told me

I board myself now I been 9 weeks upon their board and said 14s 0d per week for board and 2s 0d week for lodgings and pay in the yard where I work 2d for bason of Tea for breakfast and 3d for beer to Deaner the mills is almost 2 Mils from Hounslow I have no more to inform you Remember me to Griffth John and all my frinds

So no more at present from your most Dutiful Son and Servant

Dl . Williams

Morris’ letters: 20 October 1813 – back in England, guarding French prisoners in Portchester Castle

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Portchester Castle Portsmouth 20th Octr 1813

I hope you will Excuse me for being so long in writing to you we was very busey since we disembark, on the 22nd Sepr we embark at Cork and disembark at Portsmouth on the  14th Inst and march 3 miles that day to a Barracks Called Hilsea and yesterday  we march from Hilsea to this castle  doing duty over French prisoners there  in between 7 and 8 thousand prisoners in this  castle, We had very long Passage coming over from Ireland the wind was against  us for 11 days we was at Ancor at Silley a very nise harbour Silley is I have nothing particular worth to relate  at present we expect the route for Wales in very Short times, I have not heard  from Caleb since the time I saw him  in Cork. I should be very glad to hear where  is Thomas my Brother now, give my Respect  to my Mother & Daniel & William and all  my friends, Write back as soon as you can  and evry Particular let me know  Benjin Jones & John Bowen is well and hartey David Richard and Martha is in thier usiel health, and all the Regiment in general  is healthy – no more at present

Morris Williams

N.B. Derect Portchester Castle Portsmouth or eles where


[John Williams, Morris’ father writes]

Answer to this. Directed to Portchester Castle

October 30th. 1813.

Yours Dated at Portchester Castle near Portsmouth on  the 20th of October came to hand the 28th of the same in  which we hear of you and am glad to hear that Enjoy  your usual health as we are at present, Thos is Recruiting  in England Daniel is near London Caleb is at portsmouth  or at the pool a harbour near portsmouth, Will is at  home thy are all in their usual health when we hear last of them, Morris Mathiew son of Palle married  to Mary Daughter of Horest on the on the 27th of Instant, Dio  Velinfroyan is going to marry to the Daughter of  Tyhen between Gwilfoigan and Christmas next  make hast to come home to the nether,

John William

This letter Directed to portchester castle Portsmouth  For Morris William