Morris’ letters: 8 August 1811 – embarkation and journey times from Dover to Cork


R. 16. of August. 8th after furlough

August, 8th 1811

This is to let you know  that I am going to Embark  to morrow at Dover by 9 oClok and to Disembark at Cork so soon I shall arrive there I shall let you know and every thing has hapen on the Voyage

No more at present from

Mr M Williams

Deal Barracks

Last Letter before go to Ireland 9th of August 1811

8th Augt 1811

And the last before go to Ireland Embark 9th of August 1811

Morris’ letters: 14 September 1811 – arrival in Cork, his brother Thomas in Plymouth



9th after furlough. 1st from Ireland                              R. Sept. 14th, 1811

I hope these few lines will find you all in Good Estate of health as I am at present Thank God. I can’t give but very little acount of this place yet because we have but very little time to ouer selves since we Landed we have rather Dificult Pasage we have been on water 15 Days and on the 16th  we Landed in a place called Dove Near Cork  and we had 4 Days Martch to this Town which would be 5 or six Days Martch in England the contry is very Fategue to Travel and the Townes lays Great Distance from one another

Give my love to all my Relation and likewise to all my Enquirin friends I Remain your Dutifull Son

Morris Williams

The first from Ireland, September 14th 1811

Limerick Barracks

3rd Sept 1811

John Bowen and Benjm Jones is well

Derection Morris Williams Corpl Capt Ferrers Compy Rc Cardigan Militia at Limerick in Ireland or Eles Where

[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

Answer, Sept’r the 16, 1811.

Your letter Dated at Limerick  Barrak the 3rd of Instant came to hand the 14th of the  same and in which we hear you landed in Ireland  safe, We are at home in a moderate state of health  and we hope yours the same, Your money is  with Jno. Phillip & Wm Evan. Theire year is up  since the 10th of this Instant which leave or not leave the Intrest in Wm Evans hand we will Do, I think  it is better for you to leave them in his hand if he will pay Intrest for them, Died Madlen Castell 20 of august Dio Velinlanpoolavon & John Bowen of Killgerran buried both on the same Day, We had letter from Thomas your brother the same time as yours he is at  Plymouth with is master he is a Bregade Major to the General that command Plymouth district

But the 2nd  Batt. Of 23rd Regt is at Carmarthen and left Garnsey Take care of your self in that contry no more at Present

John William

[notes at end of letter]

Thomas was Born on Sunday 24th of July. 1785. and entred Cardigan militia 28th of March. 1803. And returned home from Chester on the 23rd of December 1815. after he was Discharged  from the 23rd Regt on the 16th November 1814.

Morris was Born on the 22nd of January. 1787. and entred Cardigan Militia 25th of January. 1808. and entred the 23rd Regt about the 5th of December 1813. at Heisler Barrack Gosport Died in France the 13th of April. 1815. 29 years two months and 22 Days of Age.

Daniel was Born on the 3rd October 1788. and begins trade  2nd of June. 1808. and went to Houndslow  22nd of June. 1813.

Caleb. Born 24th of December 1793. His Indenture Dated 14th of January. 1812. for three years.

Wm Born the 5th of December 1790.

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