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

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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

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