Morris’ letters: 5 December 1813 – he volunteers to join the army



R 10th of December

4th after Ireland. 1st after Vold


Hasler Barracks 5th Decr 1813

I am very sorry to tell you what I have  don but I think that will be for my Good I have Volunteered to go to the  23rd Regiment foot for five years or  sooner Discharge in Peaceable time and I think that we shall have  leave in very short time, I write this  few lines to let you know that I am gone and to hinder no one eles to write I like to write my self  to you I shall have a furlough for 3 Months to go home as soon as I will join the Regiment no more at present from me

Morris Williams

Morris’ Account


Your Money when was set to W’m Evan was £3  9s  2D

And I put 10s 10D to make them the sum of 33  0  0

Money I Paid for Morris

When the sum of £32  9s  2D put out I put 10s  10D to make £33  10s  10D

27th of June 1812 by Cap’t/ Ferrier ordors £ by David Davies Troedurair £___2

James Jenkin Cap’t Jones Servant _____________________________ 2

April 24th 1813. I sent Cardigan Postmasters Draft of £________________1

I paid Josia Evans wife £ and £ To William Davies came home on furlough__ 2

part of 1811 & 1813 when he was Ireland two years the sum of ___________ 7  10  10

£1  13s 1812 and £1  10D 1813. Two years Interest of Minache, Take from           3   3   0

This mony was sent to Ireland                                                               Remainder    4   7  10

1808 May 23rd £ letter & Draft 1s  8D 1808. November 21st 1s  8D 1809. March 13th 1s  8D ____ –  5 –

1809 April 18th £1 19s 10D Draft 2s 8D 1809. August 13th 1s 8D 1810 June 18th 1s  8D           –  6 –

4 18 10

1813 March 24. £1 sent to Logrea Letter 1s 11D ordors 8d ____________                  –  2  7

1812 £3 sent to Ireland Stamps and Draft _____________________________ – 4 11

Is Due to me ____________________ April the 30th 1814 from Morris sum of £5  6  4


Morris in Ireland as followeth                                                                      £    s   D        Postage

Intrest from 18th of September 1810 till 18th September 1814               1   13

1812 June 27th by Mr Ferrier Ordors £1 1812 October 24th                   2

D’d  Davies Troedurair

October 28th 1812. £3 of his Own Money from Minache letter                             s     D

& Order 4s  11D ½            3                   4    11 ½

March the 3rd 1813 To James Jenkin Cap’t Jones Servant £2             2

April the 24th 1813 I sent £1 letter 1s  11D Draft 8d                               1                2   7

August the 7th 1813. To the wife of Josia Evans £1 Cardigan              1

November 14th 1813. To W’m Davies coming home on Furlough      1


£ 11  13     7  6 ½

Total Amount of the Expensive season in Ireland __________       12   0   6 ½

Morris has of his Bounty in England


1808 May 23rd £1 letter 1s Draft 8d 1808 No’br 21st  £1

Draft 8d/ letter 1s                2                3  4

1809 March 13th £1 letter 1s Draft 8d/ 1809 April 18th 1  19  10

letter 2s Draft 8d        2  19  10       4  4

1809 August 13th £1 letter 1s Draft 8d  1810 June 18th £1 letter

1s Draft 8d        2                   3  4

Total      £6  19  10    11


Letters and Drafts __    11

when in England sum of  7  10  10

Morris, when Volunteered had Promise of 3 Month Furlough and had of that promise, from the the 2nd of January 1814 untill the 2nd of February 1814 at home, only 29 Days instead of three Months, This is second furlough, He went from home the 2nd of February  to join the 23rd Reg’t which was on the 11th of February at Exeter and March with it to Winchester and stay there till the 25th of Sept’r 1814. he was at gosport Barrack untill the 26th of March 1815

And Embarked to Holland for Nation, and Disembark the [ … ] March at Ostend in Fren[ch?] [ … ] and at Gramont in Flanders, [on] the 16th of June, we had Rout to join the Grand Army, and joined it at 7 oclock in Evning on the 17th we imediatly formed line, on the 18th about 10 o Clock the Battle of Waterloo begin as the letter relate Dated 24th of July 1815. Near parish


4 after Ireland

1st after Volunteered

Informing Letter  Dated 5th of December 1813




Daniel’s letters: 28 November 1813 – defeat of Bonaparte, counter-revolution, proposed visit to London, mother ill



R 4 of December

9th of Hounslow

[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

Novembr 28 1813

Dear Brother & Sister

your son Daniel geose on Very well I have No complaint what Ever to ofer : I have to Inform you that I am touble with the Lumbago that is the Rumatism in the Back & hip which makes walkeing rathere Trublesome I am otherwaise in good health

I am hapy to Inform you that Bonaparte is Near Driven of Germany with the Loss of about 50000 of his Best troops 200 picese of Canon and about 300 wagon of amunison  &  provision A Counter revolution hath Borck out in Holand Sweden & Rusia has Infested it on one Side : and England will speedly Infest the other with 50000 English scocts & Irish

on the 16 of this month the Prince of orange set of for the Hage to take the rines of goverment in his oun hands after been Driven to this Contry 19 yeurs : Lord Wellington hath Infested the  inhabtance  of france on the South

I am With Respect your Brothe Owen Williams

Dear Father and Mother

I take Opportunity to write this fue lines to you and hope to find you all in good health as we at present. and to inform you I recived your letter on  the  17th of instant and glad to hear of your health and hope to have the same com-fortable account in your next letter

I have nothing worth notice to advice of I am very sorry of the Post office charge you double letter for my last I thought they cant charge double letter for one sheet.

We mean go to London about the later end of December and I want a chest to keep my tools and the men told me I can buy one in London cheaper than I could buy a timber to make one here. And I wish you to ask Alban dolegoch  the Derection to Thomas his son is in London perhaps he can derect me where  is the  best place to buy I have nothing more to advice you I hope you write to me every news so soon as you can and am your most dutiful son and servant

D l . Williams

[John Williams, Daniel’s father, writes]

Answer to this. December the 8th 1813.

Dear Brother & Sister

Yours Dated the 28th November came to hand on the 4th of Instant and am Sorry to hear that you are Trouble by the Reumatism I hope you will be Better with time. I hope that my Sister Enjoy her usual health, as I am at present, But Esther is ill in her health since the 11th of No’br  when a mournfull accident happen at our house. I hope I shall hear in your next letter   a more Comfortable news of your Complaint no more from your Dutiful Brother

John William

[John Williams, Daniel’s father, writes]

Daniel Your Mother was ill in health and was in bed a fortnight and now litle better  Every thing goes on here the same as usual. W’m  your brother was at Dolegoch with Alban Thomas and had the Direction to is son Thomas in London and I fold it up in this letter in is own hand writing, When you go to London and see David the son of Thomas Tygwin Bid him to write to his Mother and a Direction to them here that they may write to him, On the 29th of No’br a two farmar of the parish  Llanarth  came Down to Cardigan to make themselfs Burgess and do so and then they go to ate and drink and about one o Clock Tusday morning one of them calls horse out for to go home]  and ride down to milldan river and Drouned there the orse came up alive

on Thursday the 2nd of Decem’br  his son came to town to see for is father and when  he  heard of is father s fate he call for the town Creyer immediately Onld Jones came and he bid him to Cry through the Streets that who ever will find him and rise  him  from the water shall recived £20  Reward in the morning the 4th of Instant when the Ship Carpenters go to their work and look to the Tivy, one of Jaky Rees sons found the Drouned and take him up and Re’d the above Reward

Daniel’s letters: 19 December 1813 – a ‘mournful accident’, prisoners in Chatham



R 26 of Dec’br  10th of Hounslow

December 19th 1813

Dear Father and Mother

Your letter dated 8th of December came to my hand on 16th Instant and very sorry to hear of my Mother’s illness I hope she is better at this time

Dear Mother Uncle and Annt is very sorry to hear of your illness

I desire on you to send a letter to me so soon as possible to let me know how is my Mother now

Something in your letter I cant hardly understand 11th of Nov’br , when a Mournfull accident happen at our house I like know what was there then

Your last letter coast me double letter because you but the little paper in it

We all in our usual health and hope you the same I wish you to write the first opportunity you have to me who am

Your most humble son and servant D l  Williams

[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

My Good Brother & Sister

Daniel goes on Very well wee  Intend to go to London soon after Cristmas

On board the prison ships at Chatam there is grat Number of frensh prisnors : Last week upon hering of the Defett of Boneparte some Declard for ould Lewis of Carbon some for Boneparte they at Last Came to Blows and grat Number were Killed on Both Side so you see if they  have  nobody to kill they kill one another: there is great Number rusian cosacks in holand

I am with respect your Brother

Owen William

[John William’s, Daniel’s father, writes]

Answer to this December 27th 1813

Dear Relations

Your s Dated 19th of Dec’br  came to hand the 26th of Instant and am Desirable to hear of your healthy situation, we are at home  as  usual. On the 14th of Instant Died Daniel Lazarus & Ann the wife of W’m  Oliver of Croesuforwn also Old Evan Rydgaled aged 95 years, My Brother Thomas was at Kilgeran fair one 12th of No’br  last and lost s pocket book from s Coat pocket and some number of Bank Bills in it Jacob Tryal lost 10£  from s pocket at Moigan fair and at the Serjant Inn in Eglusirow a theft commited and the man was Apprehended in New Castle the Same day and was Commited to Haverfordwest to the goal,

The Accident on the 11th of No’br  is as followeth, David son of JohnThomas Rhostowarch came to our house on the1st of the Month for to go to Penrallthowel for a Medicine the next Day and grow ill in is health Everyday and Died in our house on the 11th of the said month and buried in Meline, his Mother and s wife was at our house when he Died and in that time Esther was with the men and women in watching the Sick hath cold herself and went on horsback to the Burying place and came home that Evening and went to bed and be there near three weeks she is up now as she is use to be,

Jenet the Daughter of George Griffith Kilgeran Maried to John felinrolo last week Died W’m  Evan Glazier Cardigan

I am

John William

Daniel’s letters: 1 October 1817 – survey of Penralltddu





It is Necessary for me to let you know that the parish of Bridel Survayed that part of Penralltddu lieth in the said Parish to 11 acres and charged it to 10 of poor rate, from Easter 1817 to Easter 1818.

A Genteelman and a proprietor of Many Tenements within the said parish told, about the year 1777 that Bridel parish contains 3560 acres of land, in the following Ordor

John Symmons Esq’r _______ 800 acres

W’m Williams Esq’r _______ 660

James Bowen Esq’r ________ 600

Other Genteelmen __________ 1500         3560

Be please to see how often times 11 acres is in 3560 acres of land and put 10 on every 11 acres and then we shall see can they have the £80 they levied on the parish from Easter 1817 to Easter 1818 out.

Farther, 15s of Tythe on 11 acres of land or there about, what will be on 3560 acres at that rate


October the 1 1817

Ty Newydd dan nod 1820 Ymhare David r gweidd Mae u Ty hwn, os iw n bosible eigael, ac Adailiady led u tir a fyddo dano rhiwngddo a clawdd u fordd ai wyneb ati byd hyny n cynted (Court) rhyndoo ar fordd, Ac os Cymmanfa addaw ar ei throiymaled a chwy bydd yno ddigon o le ir gwrandawyr, yn y Ty ar cynted a bod u llafarwr n.y. fenestr gadair ym heb fined i caeiau neb, i gody Esgin glwyd, a charthenau, na sathru porfa, a thori clauddiau r cym-i-dogaeth, Tair blynedd arddeg a dau ugain, i eleni sydd erpan Adeailiadwyd Ebenezer gintaf ac mae r tir a rhoddwid at gladdu n agos i ddarfod a lawer ofeddau wedy ei hagor mwy nag un waith Ac ymhen Deng mlinedd a daigain eto rhwyf n gwled by parc David gweidd gwedy ei lanwy rhwng claddu ar Ty Newydd.

A phe byddau bosible i gael park David r gweidd byddau r Ty ar fan heb fod un bedd dano, Agna all un u ddweid mae nhad na mam na brawd na chwaer, nag cwirth na modrib, na chender na chnither na mab na merch, na ngwr na ngwraig, nag un ag sydd n dwyn, fordd Eglwyswrw a llwybr Cumbettws forddi Bridell a llwybir Trecwn i gifarfod yn u porth yna bydd u fynwent n cael ei chadw n lan fel gardd ir rhai sydd n huno

1820. 1820. 1820. 1820. James Thomas

Clywais diwedyd i fod Mr Lewes o Clynfiw n dweyd u byddau gwell oidy hyd nes u cair gweled pa fodd u byddau pethau n bod; Mae r gwr boneddig perchen tir ar wellhad, ag os gwell a wnaif e, mae n bosib u cair helaithy r fynwent achody r ty […]- harc David r gweidd, bydd u Marchdy i fod man lle mae, tebigid u byddau hyny n reswmol ir fath Cynillidfa luosg ag Ty n Ebenezer.

Ym hark bach David gweidd ymwrolwch ym grifhewch dros ir achos achos da idw adailiadeath ag os gellir ei gael iw r man Cwmivysa at godi r Ty newidd efe fydd ymhen 50 oflyniddau eto n llawn rhwng u Ty a chladdu, oblegid mae r tir a rhoddwyd at gladu gynt n agos i ddarfod, mae beddau wedy ei hail agor, yna eisiws, Ty llydan a wnewch heb loft tebig i, Ty Trefniddyon n Abertivy a chodiad n i lawr o gam i gam a nenfwd ceiling a fenestr bob talcen a phob ochor, ai wneithur e n hard a pryd ferth tell na, byddo lle i ddweid fod un peth n eise aied u Draul a elo ato, rwyf n disgiswil ir gymidogaeth glido, coed cerig a chalch n ddy dal, mae arnaf ofn fy mod gwedy ch blino, byddwch wych.

Daniel’s letters: 14 February 1814 – Bonaparte fights on



R 18th of February

11th of Hounslow

[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

February 14 1814

My good Brother this will Inform you that wee are alive & well hoping you are the Same Various is the News from the Seat of war but Certain it is that Prussa austra & Russian army are got within 37 miles of Paris all the Pawers of Europe are Inclined for peace which Bonaparte alone would not Consent to

my Best respects to frinds & and aquaintace and acept of this of yourselve from

your Brother Owen Williams

[John Williams, Daniel’s father, writes]

Answer to this, Penralltddu Febey 21st 1814

My Good People

This is to Inform yours that the letter Dated the 14th of February Came to hand on the 18th of the same after a Month of Expectation,

What Ever I am Glad to hear of you, we are in our usual health here, Caleb went from Cork to Spain with a burden of horned Catles now this long time and did not return yet

John Bowen Tredeued  Married to Miss  Davies  of Bridge End Cardigan I told you in my last that John felinrolo Married on the16th of December last and Died on the 3rd of Instant in s fathers house, Elizabeth my sister at Glanpoolafon is ill in health and feeble in Body,

The Weather, December 26th litle freezy  and thick fog that Day and freeze a litle untill the 5th of January he snow and a gentle freeze till the 11th  he snow all Day till 9 o’Clock at night with Strong  north East  wind 14 South East by East wind gathered the snow to the hedges in a Deep heaps 15 Thaw a litle and the 16 and in the night between the 16th and the 17th begin to freeze again. on the 19th  he snow, on the 21 and 22nd North East by East Strong wind. all the High roads was Shut up from hedge  to hedge  from the 23rd till the 28th Thaw very gently. 29th  Sleeting all Day, from the 30th to the 13th of February a feebling Thaw, from the 13th  till the 20th freeze Every second night and sometimes every night the farmers cannot Ploughging thier lands, We had a welsh Newspapper in the Principality of wales under the name of seren gomer, printed in Swansea, he Travel from Cardiff to Hollyhead, James the Baker of Kilgeran and sexton of the parish fall in the hill of tivy and Died in the night on the 18th of Instant.

Your humble servant John William

Morris’ letters: 24 February 1814 – news from home, Wellington to France



  1. 15th of March
  2. after Ireland

2nd af’r V.


Winchester Barracks 24th Feb’y 1814

To inform you that I joined the Regiment on the 11th Instant in Exeter I came in to Exeter on the 8th Ins’t and there I herd that the Reg’t was on the march from Beryhead to Winchester and there I stoped untill the 11th and then I marched with the Regiment to this place on the 21st 12 days march from Bery Head, a Party was picked out from this Reg’t to go to France but they are not gon yet I am not to go this time as I know of yet, and if it hapen that I must go I shall let you know again before I go – I have nothing particular worth to Relate only Sir W.M. Winn is in this Garrison With 1000 men that Volunteered  from the Militia to go a broad they are here now waiting for orders and I dont supose that will be long to Holland or France –

I have being very beusy since I joined untill this time I am on guard or eles I would write to you sooner, I had very bad snow from New Castle to Carmarthen and we was one day at Swansey waiting for Packet after that we had a very good Pasadge in about 3 hours and half, the ould shose lasted me untill the 13th Inst. and then I began to wear my new shose and they prove very good, let me hear evry particular news that you have yo in your paper I have not see a paper sin[ce] I left home let me know where about is Lord Wellington and where about is the Allies Army and let me know what is Newses is in the paper – I Expect your answ[er] as soon as possible with this Derections

Corporal Morris Williams

Cap’t Vernan’s Comp’y 2nd Batt’n

23rd Reg\t/ R.W.H. at Winchester, or eles where


I did not heard from Tho’s or knowing any thing of him and I do not know where to write to him if you have heard from Thomas Daniel or Caleb let me know in the next no more at present

Morris Williams

[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

March the 16th 1814.

We had a Letter of Daniel on the 18th of Feby  he was well then, allso of Caleb on the 26th he was in is health  that time, Your silk hanckerchiefs hemed by Nany Knukllwid  now this fortnight and your name. M.W. set on them

Lord Wellington Left Bayonne and goes on towards Bourdeaux he has 100,000  men under his camand, without spaniards & portugees as, Seren gomer Relate, The Combine Army cros the  Rhine month a go, and scarmeges was fought between  them and the French, Your Mother bids me to tell you to stay where  you are, We recived the last letter of Thos the 2nd of October last  Directions to him that time is as followeth, To. Thos William 6. Company 23rd Regt W Fusiliers 4 Divition British Army Spain, it is at present France

John William

Morris’ letters: 24 March 1814 – thousands lost in battle, disillusionment with military life, requests help with cost of acquiring his discharge


Winchester Barracks 24th March 1814

Dear Parents  To let you know that I received your  Letter dated 16th Inst on the 20th, and am glad to find that  you are all enjoy your usial health as I am at present thanks  God for his tender Mercy towards us at all times, According to your  Letter I have being Talking with John Williams Concerning his  promise to write to his Grandmother and he Told me that  he Could not have time to write, About 3 days ago a great  News Arives here Concerning Lord Wellington he had a very  heavy General Engagement with General South and his Army and Lord Wellington got the Field at last after lost many  Thousands of the British Army, We have not yet heard a tr[ue?] account of the Action but we have heard that 6 or 7 of  of our 1st Batt. Officers is left in the Field either Lo[st]  or wounded it is not known yet,

I have a very great favour to Beg of you as you a[re]  my Father I have no one eles to Apply but you, and [I]  think no one eles would do the favour to me with greater pleasure then you if its Lays in your power, and I hope to God that  you will Endevour the best in your Power to get me this favour, That is to get my Liberty Discharge from this Regiment  Because I am tired of my life with this People because a man Cant think nothing of the world is to Com, is  this place which we always aught to do espesialy a regular soldier because he dus not know the manite they will send  him to face the Enemay or to some foring parts –

So mush Cursing and swering ammongs the men in General  that makes me ashame to be near thier Company bec[ause?]  I trie the best in my power to think and Depend to  make my self redy to die whenever God s please to ca[ll?]  me, because I see that I cant be hapy in this world and the happiness of this is not to compare to that of the  world is to come, you may be surprise by Reading this Let[ter]  but Indeed I do not write nothing but what is real [ … ]  one oClock in the Morning I thought my heart would brok[e]  I could not help crying till 7 oClock the same morning  when I look Back and see the wicked world that I [was?]  being Through and see the wickedness that I have dun  and it is out of a man,s power think but little to th[…]  [h]e ought to do in the Situation I am in at present –

This is my Plan of geting my Distcharge I do not know  whethr it will please you or not but I hope it will, if  y[ou]  will make the Thirty Pounds that I got make them up a thes[…]  Guineas or if that will not do make them up 40 Guineas  and go to Mr Lewis of Clinvew and Desire of him if  [Poss]ible Can be, to write to the Member of Parlamant of  Pembrokeshire and Desire of him to write to the Commander  in Chief or the Prince Regent, and Beg the favour of his  Royal Highess to get me Distcharged for the sum of money that  you please, and if that wont do I have no hopes being  Discharged for ever, and you must mention to Mr Lewis  the situation that I am in the Regiment and that I had Voluntered from the Cardigan but dont mention for how long a time you  may tell that you Could not I am to the knowledge of  what time that I Volunteered for, and if you will make it  come to pass I shall never go from home no not 10 miles  I shall settle home to help you and my mother so long as  you Live I am willingly be as your servant so Long as you Live  If I had 2 or 3 Hundred Pounds I would freely Depart with  them for my Discharge, Nothing in this World would  be to Dear with me to Depart with for my Discharge  and I hope you will Endevour the best you can to do what  I Desire of you, and let me know an answer of this  by the return of Post dont Let no one know the contents  of this Letter Exept my mother and my Brother W[illiam]  and if that will not come to pass I shall be ruin f[ … ]  and that is a very hard thing for a man to say –  I have no more to ad at present but Desire upon you  and hope to God that will com to pass no more  at present from your son and Humble servant

Morris Williams Corporal

2nd  Batt. – 23rd Regt

[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

Mr John Owen is the Member in parliament for Our County, and Mr Lewes of Klinuieu voted against him the last Election But Mr W’ms Cumgloine was with him, I will Try Mr W’ms for you the next Days, And if that will not come to pass take you aheart of anew and perform your Duty Towards God and man as a true and a faithful servant, I will not leave a stone without turn it for you. I am your well wisher, we are at home in our usual health and we hope these lines find you Enjoy the same Blessing, your Mother know nothing of this affairs, I cannot tell Her, And God Almighty give you mercy before your  superiors and grant you what you Desire

John William


  1. after Ireland

3rd after Volanteer

Daniel’s letters: 20 March 1814 – powder mill manufactory, snow deaths at home



R 26 of March


Hounslow March 20th 1814

Dear Father and Mother

I take this opportunity to write this lines to you and in hope to find you in your good state of health as we are at present And to inform you your letter Dated 21st of Feb’r y came to hand 25th of the same and glad to hear of your health and hope you hear from Caleb before now. I have no new worth notice I have been in London 1st of March and I see D Davies  he was well and hearty and  I told him  to write home and he say he will the next Sunday,

I give you a little Description of this Manufactry in which is three fire engins two of them drive four pair of stones pice and other three pack them three engins they are destroy worth 100£ of coal in a week. leven Mills drive by watter and Mills where is wood  lignavita  instead of stones 18 pair in each Mill, three Mills drive by Horses –

I hope you write to me so soon as you can and every news and let me know wheres John Evans Kilgiran 123

David Moris Broyan and Tom W m  Johnat work now and let me know where is Cardigan Militia lays now and whether is D. Morris Married yet or not and all news you can find and let me know did you know the man has took up for rob Jacob Davies Trial, The Weather is very disagreeable freeze every night the frost not been out of the ground of three months is an old man in this neighbourhood say this is an old fashion winter

I am your most humble son and servant

D l . Williams

[John Williams, Daniel’s father, writes]

Answer to this. March the 26. 1814

This is to let you know that we are in a moderate state of health at present, and we hope these lines will find you all Enjoy the same Blessing, Yours Dated the 20th of Instant came to hand on the 26th of the same, Caleb Return from France after been a Burden of Horned Catle there from Cork, and have been very like to be taken by a American Privateer when they Return they lost thier Convoy Day before in a gale of wind, he write to me from Cardiff, and ask a Dirit on to write to you and I Did gave them to him. he Dated 23rd of February I had it on the 26th and Posted to him on the 27th of the same to Cardiff , 21st of February I Dated and posted last to you but this, the Old snow was visible by the side of the hedges and he frzees every other night till the 5th and 6th of March he snow and freeze till the 20th and now he is moderate weather, we did not sow any corn yet, John Evans Kilgerran is with W’m James and had a child from John Morris Blanurangell Daughter and not marry her, Tom W’m  John is at Swansea and he say when go from home he shall see you before he come back David Morris Married and he is at home, and was Discharged on the 24th of Instant from the old Militia for the virtue of Serving in the Loccal, at Chapel newidd meeting

Concerning D. Davis about the 24th or 25th of February a story came to our Nighbourhood that a man Died in a heap of snow on London Road to Cardigan some say it is at Kilcenin others says at Rhoyad in Radnorshire and the people found him first brought the Dead to the Church and not bury him soon that a people  may come  and see him to know him or not, Rachel Tygwin hear the story and begin to weep and say I am sure tis my son David is the man, on 11th of March Rachel […]  to Kilcenin and ask for the Dead the people of the place said is not here he is at Llansawel, Rachel came back, Tho s  his father went to Newcastle and Enquire with the pig Drovers about the Dead man in Llansawel the pig Drovers said in Royad is the man Died in the snow, Tho s  came home, and said so, Rachel then maks Tho’s  & John gare to go to Royad Tho’s  did go, and in two Days after Came a letter from David that he was well in London, the letter you bid him to write when you saw him in London 1st of March he say to you I will write next Sunday and that letter put them all at rest, and that letter came before Tho’s  came back.from Royad in Radnorshire some man Died there in the snow

Morris’ letters: 14 April 1814 – discharge dates, mother ill



R. April 24

7th after Ireland. 4. Vo

Winchester 14th April 1814

Dear Parents

This is to Inform you that I have Rec’d your Letter dated 3rd April and am glad to find that you will do the best you can to get me what I Desire and I hope that will be in Short time, I was send by the Colonel to the Cardigan Militia for 10 days at gosport Receive Volunteer and we had 7 from the Cardigan and 14 from the Heriford Militia, The War is all over now Bonaparte is Surender to the Russians and I reley think if you could have Mr Williams to write to Sir Owen and him to the Comander in Chief no Doupt but I should have my Discharge for 30 or 40 Guineas, I would work Day and Night to pay them back to you if you will be so good as pay them now if that will com to pas

I Am constantly hope to god Almity that will com to pas and I shall enjoy the hapiness of being free and a man to my self once more I never shall be happy untill I shall enjoy the pleasure of Make my abode at Penral[ … ] as soon as you will Receive this I hope you will write as soon as possible to Let me know what Mr Williams says in this Cause, I have nothing particular at present I Enjoy my usial Health Thanks be to god for his mer[cy] David Richard & Martha is in their usial Hea[lth] and John Williams the same I have no more to say but hoping to God that my Des[ire] will be granted no more at present from I your son and humble servant

Morris Williams

Corp’l. 2nd Batt 23rd

[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

Answer to this April 24th 1814,

This morning yours Dated on the 14th of Instant at Winchester came to my hand, According as I say of Mr Williams Cumgloyne in my last letter. I saw him the next day  which was the 4th of Instant, and I ask how can a man be Discharged from a Reg’t of Regulars, what number said. the 23rd said I , it is better for him said he to stay where he is a litle, for peace will take place in short time and then they will be Discharged said he from some number up to the last may be, they fix on the 80th or 90th and every Reg’t above what they afixed upon shall be Discharged, and then he may meet a man Discharged of the said Reg’t will go in is room for a trifle and may be for nothing for many men said he like better to be a soldier than be Discharged, or else said he he may go to the Colonel of the Regiment and tell him that he is tire of been a soldier it is in his power to Discharge him if he please, Make yourself known to the son of Serjeant Enoch he is with you in the Reg’t may be he will do something for your Discharge, you know better in that cause than me. ask advise to some persons is of knowledge in your affair and take you care lest thy hurt you or be against your Discharge

I meet John Bowen Tredeued last friday. I ask him how can a man be Discharged from the Regulars, he said all the Militia will be Discha  24th of June and the 2nd Battalion of every Regiment shall be Dischargd  and you are in the 2nd Battalion you shall have the same fate I  hope  you said to me in the letter you send to tell you Volantired, that you  Volanteered for five years or sooner Discharge in peacable time

Your mother is ill in her health and bid me this day to tell you to stay where you are with the Cardigan Militia, it was fault in you when was you at home and not tell your Mother to what you belongs write Back soon I will do any thing is in my power  and so no more at present

John William

Daniel’s letters: 1 May 1814 – French prisoners in Hounslow, ‘French Tyrant’ transported to Elba



R. 5th of May

May the 1st 1814

Dear Father and Mother

Your letter March the 28 I received 1st of April and glad to hear of your good health and in hope you enjoy the same at present

I have no news worth notice but very glad to hear Bounaparte is done over and hope all the prisoners will come home now is great number of French prisoners pass through this town.

I have been in London 3rd of April and see D. Davies he was well hearty and he told me Mr Hassel was dead

We are in tolerable good health but Uncle sometimes roubled by the rumitis

Let me know where is young David Jenkins is he in the excise yet I hope he is. remember me to him and to all my friends I hope you will send me a letter so soon as you can and every news I wish to heard wish

I am your humble son and servant

Dl. Williams

I not wish you to keep my letters the same as you use to do I wish you to burn them all –

[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

Dear relatives I am hapy to Inform you that the French Tirant is Transported to the Isle of Elba on the Coast of Tuscany excorted by a rusian prusian english & swedis generals and 150 Ligt horse this Day Lewis 18th makes his Entry into Parris he crossed the chanel Last Monday he hath been in this Neiborhood this 22 years the Prince regent and most of the royal famely went with him as fare as Dover

I am With respect your

Brother Owen Williams

[John Williams, Daniels’ father, writes]

Answer to this May the 5th 1814

This morning I Recived your Letter Dated the 1st of Instant and am glad to hear of you all, We are here in a moderate state of health and we hope these lines have you and my Brother & sister Enjoy the same Blessing, David Jenkins is in Moelgrove a Schoolmaster

When Dio Blanecum of Kilgeran Dig s garden he had my Brother Thomas Poketbook under ground more than half roten and not one Bankbill but some other papers,

The weather is here very wet and cold cloudy and Rainy this Neibour hood  is not done set their corn yet no more at present

John William