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



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


Morris’ letters: 7 January 1815 – discharge matters, stupidity of Cardigan postmaster



R. 15th of Instant

Gosport 7th Jany 1815

I Received your letter Dated 1st Inst on  the 6 of the same with the order of one Pound  Nineteen Shillings and eleven pence which I received of the Postmaster of Gosport, with great  Trouble because the order was not filled propaly the Name of the Person who paid them in the Post Office at Cardigan Should be  mention in the order, Instead of the order  was blank, The Pos Master asked me what was the  reason of the Postmaster of Cardigan being so stupit, and I told him I did not know but  I thought is was wanting of larning and then  he laughed at me – Dear Father I dont know what to say Conserning my Discharge, I dont think I shall ever have it without you will have some Gentleman to write to member of Parliment for my Discharge I have nothing  Particular worth to relate at Present, my last letter was according to out only the order was  inside of it and they have found it out and Charged Double  Price for it –

There is 4 or 5 Regiments Embarked here last week for America I dont know whether we shall go with this Fleet or not

I have asked you in 3 or 4 letters of my Brethren Daniel and Caleb but never have no answer of it, I am very sorry to hear of my Mother being sick I hope she is beter before  now and hoping that I shall have the  Opportunity of seeing you both before the  time that God think Propor to call you to  Depart from this world, I hope you will do  your best towards my Discharge let me have  your answer as soon as posible and evry thing  Particular no more at Present from your son

Morris Williams

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: 21 April 1817 – – unemployment and falling wages


R. 25 of Instant

Hounslow April 21st 1817

Dear Father Mother and Brothers

Your letter dated 17th of March I received on the 20th and glad to heard that you were in the way of geting better and in great hopes that this weather and the help of the Almighty will bring you about again. Uncle and Aunt has been troubled with a violent cold for some time since but they are geting better at present. I have not see nor hear from Caleb since he was in London last year and I think its somthing very odd that he does not send home aftener

I have been out of employment for three weeks past, but I am in expectation of a good job every Day but the trade the Masters will not employ no body if they can get their work done without they keep on reduceing the wages as fast as they can

I have no news worth mention at present but I hope that you have some to send me in the next and let us know how is your Business gets on in this bad time and let me know who is Married and who is not and who is Courting and who’s not I am very earnestness wishes to know if you can make it convenient any time I shall be very much oblige to you please to keep this to yourself remember me to my friends pray write as soon as opportunity and leisure will permit

so no more at present

Your most dutiful Brother

Dl  Williams

Daniel’s letters: 14 June 1818 – wife unwell, and Battle of Waterloo celebrations



R. 25 Instant

Hounslow June 14 1818

Dear Father and Mother

I take the opportunity to write these lines to you and hope they will meet you in your usual health as we are at present all but my wife has been rather poorly for great while she send her love to you all likewise Uncle and Aunt. I rather wonder that I did not heard from you since I wrote on the 30th of Novebr last I wish to hear from you as soon as possible to know how you all are and to know whether Caleb is still at home I have no news to inform you at present only we still remain with Uncle and Aunt and I am goen back to the Powder Mills to Work

We expect to have a grand to do on Hounslow Heath on 18th of this Month in memory of the battle of Waterloo. There was five Reigments of Dragoons revewd on Hounslow Heath about a fortnight ago 1st & 2nd Reigt, of life guard Oxford Bluse, 10th Royal Huzzar and 19th lancirs

Please to give my best respect to all my friends and except the same Yourselfs

Dl Williams

Answear this 28 of June 1818

Daniel’s letters: 3 September 1820 – another son born to Daniel and Hannah (in their new house), and a visit to Caleb in London



R 8th of Instant

Sept 3 1820

Dear Father & Brothers

Your letter Dated 3rd of June I received on the 8th and very sorry to heard of your unhealthy situation but in hopes that you are better and to inform you that you got another grandson my wife was put to bed the 24th of August of a boy and they both likely to do as weell as can be expectied,

I went to London last sunday to see Caleb he was well and hearty arive from Cork fue days before with a cargo of butter and was loading a cargo for Chepstow he deseired to be remembered to you and to our Brothers

I have to inform you that Uncle has got a pice of land and has built a House upon it and we live in it ever since easter he keeps a grocer shop but it dos not answer very well at present but in expecstation that it will after a bit for the niborhod is greatly increase with new bulding

I hope you will excuse me at present because I am in hurry I hope you will write as soon as you can make it convenient so no more at present […] from your affection

D Williams

I was Surprice that you did not mention a word about the Queen and her trial for that is all the talk hiere and the are all queen’s men and women Exept them that hold Plases under Govenment

If you can make it convinient to send a second hand Newes paper I shall be much obliedge to you the same frank will do only a fresh cover

Daniel’s letters: 15 April 1821 – requests his tools be sent, markets low and money scarce




R. 20th of Instant

Hounslow April 15th 1821

Dear Father and Brothers

Your letter Dated Decbr 20th I receved the Gunpowder and hope you had some good shooting last winter

I have no news worth mention but we are all in our usual health and in great hopes to have the same Confortable news in answer to this

Uncle and Aunt are deale happier than they have been uncle has been long while out of employment that gived him harass along with a sum of money he lent and likely to loose it but now in great expectation to recover it I have not hear from Caleb since I heard from you I hope you will make it convenient to write as soon as possible for I am uneasy because have hear from him sooner

I have spoke to Caleb about the fue Tools I left there I should be very glad if I could get them if you happen to see a vessel from Cardigan Bound to London I should be much obleige to you send Steel blade square tennant saw A blue wetstone hand plane Jack and train and not the hone planes Please to tie them up in old bag and put Derection on them to be lef at the Watermans Arms pickle herins stars and decire the captain to let me know when they arive in London Send them with some reasonable man if you can else he will charge more than the things are worth

I am Determine now for hard work I have been in expectation for another employment along while but now I beleive its all Vanish

The Markets are very low and the money very scarce

so no more at present from your most obdient

D Williams

Daniel’s letters: 12 November 1820 – Caleb, gunpowder, and the Queen’s Trial. Uncle Owen’s health impaired




R. the 17th /of Instant

Hounslow Nov’br 12th 1820

Dear Father and Brothers

Your letter Dated Sep’tr 18 I received on the 24thand glad to hear that you were in your usual health as we are at present and in hope to receive the same confortable news in the next

I have not hear from Caleb since he was here he promised he would write but he has not that makes me quite uneasey and Doubt that some thing has happen to him if you know where he is I wish you send to him to write

I have send two Pounds of gunpowder some of the best thats made in England I may say in the World one of them I intend for Caleb’s Winter holy days I am very sorry that I did thought of it when he was here The Queens trial was setel last Freiday in her favour I do not think it worth while to say any mor efor you will all the account of it in the news papers

My little boy name’s Thomas

Write as soon as possible –

Dl Williams

[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

My Good Brother

I tak this oportunity to Lett you nhow that my health is impared great Deal I Should be glad to hear from you as soon as convinant my Eyses a very wek and painful

My Best respect to my ould acquaintaes and acept of this to your Self

From your Brother Owen Williams

Daniel’s letters: 24 March 1822 – uncle’s health is better, Caleb has sailed to Liverpool, work scarce and wages low



R. 29th of Instant

Hounslow March 24th 1822

Dear Father and Brothers

I take the opportunity to write these fue lines in hopes to finds you in good health as we are at present Uncle has been poorly but he is better he has sent you letter about four or five Months ago and we have been waiting for answer ever since –

I have seen Caleb last Christmas he was well and hearty he sailed from London on the 10 of Janry in balast for Maldon he me sent letter from the above place on the 25th of the same he was then bound for Liverpool I have not heard from him since – Owen Williams of Cardigan call upon us last Autumn and promise to write to me when return to Cardigan but I not heard of him since

I have no news worth notice but every thing gets lower work men’s wages are lower done third and some one half the work is very scarce and the wages very low to great many out of employ

Uncle has done no work of any account these three years and he is not able to work if he could get any thing to do

I hope you will write as soon as you can make it conveniant Please to remember me to all my acquintance in Cardigan and at Glanpoolavon I am your most obdient

D Williams