Daniel’s letters: 20 January 1816 – books and the price of food




R. 28 of January 1816

Janry 20th, 1815 [recte 1816]

Dear Father and Mother

Your letter dated December the 1st I receive’d  on the 6th of the same and glad to heard of your health and in great hopes you are better at present,

We have no news at present worth mention we have been very busy all the winter that we had not a holyday this Christmas but next Sunday I mean to go to London to see some of my acquaintance if we can finish our job this week.

I am very sorry for the mistake of Mr Griffiths’s book we could not find such book as Doctor Salmon’s Synopsis and therefore we thought it was Dr Salomon’s but we shall enquire more for it

I hope this will meet you in your good healths as we are at present and excuse me for been so long writing for I have nothing to write but the same thing over again. I hope you will take your leisure to write to us next all the news you can get hold of and let us know how every thing goes on there Wales.

Market pricas Beef & Muttan from 7d to 9d per lb, Pork from 8d to 10d per lb, butter from 14d to 18d per lb, Cheese from 10d to 13d  per  lb.

no more at present your most obdient

Dl Williams


Daniel’s letters: 18 May 1816 – mass unemployment, marriage of Princess Charlotte, Uncle’s ‘rumitis’




R. 18th of Instant

May the 5th 1816

Dear Father and Mother

Your last letter I received was Dated Decbr  the 1st, and I have wrote the 16th of January and never had an Answer, to this day, and that makes me uneasey somtimes but on another consideration I should imagine if there is anything amiss I should heard of it,

About six weeks since Uncle had a letter from Stephen Williams Cardigan and said that you was poorly but I hope you are better at present. And he has sent us a red salmon for which the carage come to 6s 6d and we could buy a better one in London for less money.

I have no news at present worth notice but every thing is uncommon dull and dead hundreds out of employment

The Powdermills have not got but very little to do at present but by what I have heard it is very likely for another war for the french people will not have Louis to be on the throne they wishes to have young Prince of Orenge to be their King. Princess Charlotte of Wales was maried last thursday to a German Prince of about 500 £ per Anum income her wedding petticoat cost ten thousand pounds.

We are in great hope this lines will meet you in your usual health as we are at present exept Uncle he got rumitis in his foot.

Pray write as soon as you can and let us know how the things goes on there now. Pray remember me to all my frinds and acquaintances

so no more at present

Dl  Williams


Daniel’s letters: 20 July 1816 – unemployment, bad weather, and 1008 mile drover walk




R. 24th of July

Hounslow July 20th 1816

Dear Father and Mother

Your letter dated May the 21st I received the 25th of the same and very sorry to heard of your unhealthy state of health but in great hopes you are better at present. And to inform you that we are in our usual health and beg you to excuse me for not write sooner the reason is because I expect to be off from the powder mill before now for we have got but very little to do there at present.

Everything is dead and dull here and the weather is so bad and wet the workmen cannot get nothing to do great deal of hay has ?spall in this neighbourhood,

I hope you will take your time to write the next letter and let us know all the country news if time and leisure will permit

I have seen in the newspaper of one James Evans from Pembrokshire a drover he at Newmarket walk 1008 Miles in 18 days 56 Miles per Day and compleated it last friday week for considerable sum of money

Let us know how the cattle sell at Kilgerren faire, the provision is but very little cheaper here than they was time ago Market prices Beef from 8d to 9d  per lb Mutton from 7d  to 8d  veal 9d  to10d  per lb Bacon from 7d  to 11d  per lb Butter from 14d  to 17d  per lb cheese from 8d  to 12d  per lb Beer 4d  ½  per qr, Ale 8d  to10d  per qr

I am very glad to heard that my Brother came home safe and to hear that he setup in business at Cardigan I hope he will go on well

Pray remember me to my frinds and acquaintance I am your most obdient

Dl  Williams

Answered this 26 of August

Daniel’s letters: 22 September 1816 – visit of his brother Caleb, and a drowning near the powder mills




R. 28th of Sept’r

Hounslow September 22nd 1816

Dear Father Mother and Brothers

Your letter Dated 27th of August I received on the 30th and very sorry to heard of your unhealthy situation but in great hopes you  are  better at present –

My Brother Caleb came to see us on the7th In[stan]t  and staid till the 9th, and I received a letter to let me know that he was to sail on the 14th in ballast to Poole or Wales, he desired to be rememberd to you all – and let you know that he was well and hearty and hope you were the same –

Last week as a gentleman was angling Just below the Powdermills a man throw himself in to the water little distance off and the gentleman thought that he was batheing took no notice little while afterwards he went to the place and there he was found drowned himself with his hands tie on his back and his feet tie together he done it himself with his own garters

Dear Brother

I am extremly glad to heard that you are settle your self in bisiness at Cardigan, and in great hopes you will get along with prosperity, Pray write as aften as opportunity will permit your letter wil be allways excepable

I have no news at present worth notice but we are all in our usual health and in great hopes to have the same blessing news in answer to this

Give my best respects to all my friends at Cardigan

So no more at present from your most obdient

Dl Williams

Daniel’s letters: 25 December 1816 – mix up over reception of letters



R. January 2nd
Answerd 5

Hounslow, Decbr 25th 1816

Dear Father and Mother

Your letter Dated 19th I received on the 24th instant, I am extremely sorry to hear of your illness and in great hopes you are better at present if please, God. Uncle and Aunt sends their respects to you and are very sorry to hear of your trouble

I am very sorry of my Dear Mother’s unhappy state of health, and hope that the Lord will restore his mercy upon her situation and to relieve her from the dangerous paines.

Dr Brother

Your letter Dated Octbr the 8th I received on the 20th of the same in which I have heard that my Mother was better in health than she has been for some time so I took my time in answer that letter

I am very sorry that you think I was afronted at your letter it is not so easy to afront me as that, as for the black varnish you ask for I dont know of nobody that does know how to mix a composition for it –

I wish you will let me know how Father and Mother are as soon as possible

I remain your Brother

Dl Williams