Daniel’s letters: 13 August 1815 – news from Hounslow, Bonaparte sets sail for St. Helena

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R. 19 of Instant

Hounslow August 13th 1815

Dear Father and Mother

Your letter Dated July the 7th I received on the13th and very sorry to heard of your Illness but in great hopes you are enjoy a better health at present

Uncle going to send a small Box in course of next week with some Books, and I mean to send some Tobacco and some other trifle for my Mother we shall send it with Gloucester Mail

I wish you let us know in the next how is the harvest come on this year with you and how Kilgarren fair come’s on and all the news of the nighbourhood who is well and who is not and who’s married and who’s Died

so no more at present from your most Obedient,

Dl  Williams


[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

my good Brother this will Inform you that the pain I under my heel is increas so much that I cannot  walke without a Stick and the Doctor cannot give it a Name but now it seeme to be Better. I have send you a good Book of Doctor Simson Plea for religion another the Confesiton of a methodist by a profechior another the Pedigree of Nepolion Bounapartes, also the Carater of the prince of Walles by Nathaniel Jeffries M:P for Stafordshire, allso gide to the city of Bath now you are Leame they will be an amusement to you

I have No Complaint on Daniel he is very well thougt of by Evry Body in the Neiborhood he is grone very Lusty almost as Stout as is cosin Stephen and I think the strongest Man in Hounslow he hath Latly been to see Winsor Castle wher ould king Georg Lays in state of insanity the ould man Injoice a good stat of health but stone bleind and Insane he nhows nobody: you will be so good as to Let us nhow when you Rec’d the Box and What the Carieg come to to and how you Like your colecttion of Books the harvest is all in about hear this week and they wants rain for the Turneps

they say about hear that Bonipartte hath set saile in the Nothumerland for his place of Exile on the Iland St Helena very much against his will the Box will be at Carmarthen about the 17th

I am with respect your Brother

Owen Williams


Answer to this Dated 28th of August 1815.

The Box and the Books Carridge from Houndslow to Cardigan mentioned in this letter is 4s 6d.


John Phillip

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John William

Penralltddu Awst 27 1822

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Morris’ Letters: 19 August 1815 – news from Paris, expectations of a move of camp

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29th of Instant

Camp Near Paris 19th Augt 1815

Dr Parents

your Letter Dated 10 Inst I have Recd yesterday and am very hapy to find that you are all enjoy your usial health as I am at present Thank be to the Almity for his Goodness towards us at all times, we have not move from the first Camp as yet  since we com to Paris, but expecting to  break up the Camp Shortly to go to some Town to Quarters, There is no Talk yet of us  Coming back to England, There is some  Regiments to go to the Wes Indies I dont  know whether this Regt will go or not  but I think this Regt is too weak for that  service, I have nothing particular worth to  Relate at Present only the whole Army is Close Round Paris. I have been in Paris several times and Indeed it is a Rich City

you mention about my Discharge  in your letter I think it is no use  for to do any thing untill we will Come to England and then I hope that  betwen you and Thomas Glanpoolavon that you will get my Discharge –

Remember me to Thomas Glanpoolavon  and tell him that I am very mush  obledge to him but it is no use till  we come to England, evry man that was  at the Battle of Waterloo is to have 2 years  servitude for that day I have no more  at Present Derect as before

Morris Williams

Corpl 23 Rgt

Daniel’s letters: August 1815 – note in parcel

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Dear Father and Mother

I have the oppotunity send these things half a pound of tobacco and half a pound of tea and silk Hankerchief I hope Mother will be please by it and have good health to wear it,

I wish you to write as soon as you have this and let us know how much the carriage come’s to –

And let us know how’s Cardigan new Mill come’s on and who is the Miller.

And let know whether you got one of your own of  R. Wright Books A Plain Veiw of the Unitarian Christian Doctrin if you have not I will send you one


Recived the Bocks and its Contents on the 22nd of August 1815 from S. Williams Cardigan, Cariage from Houndslow to Cardigan is four shillings and six pence.

Answer to this and letter Dated August 13th on the 28th of Instant or August

Daniel’s letters: 12 November 1815 – parcel posted, news of Cardigan murder requested

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Hounslow Novr 12th 1813
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Dear Father and Mother

I have to inform you that I sent the little Box off this evening and hope you will let us know as soon as you received it,

Pray let know the particuler of the murder was commited at Cardigan about three weeks ago, –

Dl Williams


Received this paper in the Box with the Books on the 18th of November. Carriage from Houndslow to Cardigan is 4s , 6d.


From Houndslow Carriage Several times

To Cardigan

                                                                                                        s.      d.

First of July 1809 Box 12 lb weits for carriage                   3  ,,   4

1814 a Box wied 7\lb/[?] to Cardigan ________________4  ,,   6

1815 a smal Box with Books ______________________ 4  ,,   6

Ditto 1815 November 18th smal Box 3lb 3 quarters      4  ,,   6

Morris’ letters: 24 October 1815 – stationed near Paris

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No’br 3rd

Camp Near Paris 24th October 1815

Dear Parents, I hope you will Excuse me for being so long without writing the Reason of it was expecting evry day to break up the Camp, but now we dont know when shall we go from here but whenever we shall go we shall be stationed here near Paris by what I can understand the biggest part of the English Army will be Quartred arround Paris for this Winter, Concerning my discharge it is of no use to make any aplycation untill we shall go to England and then I am afraid it will be the same as it was the last Winter, of no use but when is an Applycation to be made it must be made to the Commanding Offcier of the Reg’t, I should be very Glad if you would be so good as to send me a one Pound Bank of England Note in a Letter
it will shure enough to com because there is great many of the Regiment have had money from England the same way and I hope you will do the same without loss of time.
John Williams the son of Thomas Crigeyea have write 3 Letters from this country to David Griffiths of Llantood without any answer I have Nothing more Particular worth to relate at Present, only I was may a Lance Serjiant about 2 monthes ago and I expect to be full serj’t before Long, dont shew this letter to no man if I would know that Mr Bowen and Colonel James should see my Letters I would take more pance in writing and to give more account of the Battle of Waterloo and  the Advance from thence to Paris –

Give my best respect to all enquiring frendes

I Remain your Dutifull son

M. Williams

Derect as before –

Daniel’s letters: 29 October 1815 – news of books found and not found

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R – November 3rd

Hounslow Ocber 29th 1815

Dear Father and Mother

Your letter Dated 28 of August I reced on the 31st of the same and sorry to heard of your unhealthynes but in great hopes you are better at present

I take this opportunity to inform you that Uncle has been in London yesterday and found Dd. Solomon Book but could not find the other part of infidel’s work.

For this Book I send to Mr Thas Griffiths I will not except of nothing for it and glad of the oppotunity to be of servece to him And in course of next week I hope you shall have it

We have not a extraordinary newes at present to inform you we are in our usual health and hope you are the same

As soon as you receive the little box I wish you let us know and let us have some of the country news and remember me to my frinds so no more at present,

I am your most obedient Dl Williams


On the 18th of Nobr we had the within mentioned Box. Carriage 4s, 6d.

Morris’ letters: 1 December 1815 – his last letter to his parents

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R. 22nd of Instant

Trial 1st Decr 1815

Dr Parents I hope this few lines will find you all enjoy your usial health  as I am at Present Thanks God –

To Inform you that I have Recd your  1st Letter dated 13th Novr with half of a Pound  Note in it on the 26th Novr and the other Dated 15th Novr on the 29th of the same  with half a Pound Note in it –

Dr Father I am very thankful to you for Obligin me as you did I shall never forget you nor my Mother give my respect to my Brother and to Thos Glanpoolavon and Mr Jno. Bowen  and tell him that I am affraid that it is of no use to make any applycation just yet untill evry thing is settled, The 23rd Regt is not to Leave this Contery for some time and I am affraid that it will be of no use to make an Applycation in this Contery but after every thing is settle I shall enqueir if such a Thing can be Got as a Discharge  no more to say at present,
Derect to Corpl  Williams No 2 Compy 23rd Regt Foot Divisi[on]  British Army Triel Near Paris  or elese Where France

M. Williams


The last letter from Morris which Dated at Triel in France 1st December 1815.

Morris Died in France 13th of April 1816. in the 29th years of Age

Morris’ letters: to his brother Thomas, 24 August 1815: ‘Prize Money’ and promotion to Lance Sergeant

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[Letter from J. Enoch, Adjutant, Royal Welch Fusiliers to Thomas Williams about ‘Prize Money’, with a note from Morris Williams on reverse. Presumably obtained by his parents posthumously (maybe from Thomas?) and added to book]

Paris 24 August 1815

To Thomas Williams
In reply to your Letter of the 10th inst. I am to inform you that the Prize Lists are not as yet made out which prevents my sending to you the Certificate required to enable you to draw your Prize money – As the Prize money in all probability will not be paid for the next twelve months to come, another application from you to me will be useless. I have given directions to your Brother Lance Serjeant Morris Williams to communicate with you when the Prize money may be paid.

I am etc. etc. J Enoch Adjutant
Royal Welch Fusiliers

Dear Brother this morning the Adjutant Called me and Informed me of a Letter which you have sent to Enquire after your Prize Money and told me that the Prize money will not be paid this Long time but when ever it is payable I shall Let you know Immediately –

Dear Brother I have nothing in particular worth to Relate at Present only I was made a Lance Serjeant few weeks ago and I expect I shall be made full Serjeant in about a month or 2. I have a letter from my Father 6 Dayes ago Informing me of your Promis of going to see your Father. If Posible go this Season to your Father and Mother.

I have no more at Present write back soon your Affectionate Brother

M. Williams L. Serjt
23 Regt

Derect as I have mention before