Morris’ letters: 20 March 1815 – en route to Holland, thoughts of discharge put on hold

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R 26th of March

Gosport 20th March 1815

Dear Father and Mother

I hope these few lines will find you all  Enjoy your usial health as they leaves me at  Present I am sorry to acquaint you of our sudden Movement yesterday we had orders for being in Rediness for Embarkation in few days and we expect to Embark between this and  Sunday 26th Instant, We are for Station in Holand and the tells me that is avery good  Place for a soldier, I have nothing Particular worth to relate at present as soon as I shall  Arive there I shall write to you again, it is  no use for you to write to me untill you shall hear from me again, it is no  use for me to think of my Discharge for some time untill we shall come back  to England again, dont let my Mother hear of me leaving England, only my Brother William, tell Thomas of Glanpoolavon that  I am very mush oblege him for what he has dun for me but it is all in vain no use for me to trie to get my Discharge

There is about 2 Hundred of the Regt  to stop in England as a Recruiting Company  I have no more to mention at Present  I shall give you a Derection to write  to me in the next letter when you write to Daniel and Caleb Remember me to them I Remain your Dutiful son

Morris Williams

Corpl 23rd Regt foot

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Daniel’s letters: 2 April 1815 – Bonaparte in France, King Louis to Holland, news from home

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R. 7th of April

Hounslow April 2nd 1815

Dear Father and Mother

Your letter Dated 5th of March I received on the 9th and very sorry to heard of your illness and in great hopes you are better in health at present

A wonderful news we heard of Boneapart came to france and the King Louis is gone towards Holand to meet the english Army several regiments of horse and foot soldiers is going over I hope they will done him

I have no news worth notice at present but Uncle s trouble with the rumitice I am very sorry to heard of Thos George’s family I hope they are better I have saw Morris Griffiths John Griffiths’s pentrebridel  son you tell his father he’s well and hearty remember me to my frinds and write to me as soon as you can –

Dl. Williams


[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

my Good Brother we are again oblige to hear the Sound  of  Drums & trumpets the French rebels is recruting thier armice to Try again to Plunder all urope they are about bringing [to th]e Feild about 4 hundred Thousand of a side to this Sumer to Deceid the Contest for ambisiton Give any Best respects to my bother Thomas and accept of this few Lines to your selve

From your Brther Owen Williams


[John Williams, Daniel’s father, writes]

April the 15th 1815 Answer to this letter

Dear Brother

Your favour Dated 2nd of April came to hand on the 7th and am glad to hear of yours and my son, I and Esther [i]s  troubled with bodily Disability this long time she is Deal better than me she can walk with a staf in her hand scarce can I go from one end of the house to the other with two and often they carry me and put me in bed and help me to come from it there is something in my hip joints when I rise from a stool with two staffs scarcely can I moove a foot, and I cannot turn myself in bed without great pains, there is sound in my head as a noise of water and Ringing of Bells without pain in it,

They are well at Glanpoolafon and Cardigan Thomas your brother saw your last letter at our house

Daniel you see above how is it with us, you shall see under how is it in the neibourhood. Died on the 19th of March Dio son of Dio William sar of Kilgerran Cousin to the children of Bridell Aged 22 years allso David son of Griffiths George Lanreny was with s uncle in bridell on the 18th of April aged 18 years, I never saw nor heard such a event in this neighbourhood before James was buried on the 14th January Sal on the 14th of February and David Lanreny on the 12th of April three of the same house Loui still is in a very low condition no man knows what will come of her, this fever begin in Thomas George’s house on the 30th of October last and not Depart the house yet

I think that you know the servant was at Velinganol when you left this contry his name was Jemy son of Jemy’r very handsom and good boy, and in service this year at Cumfrood and the fever take hold of him and Died on the 12th of Instant and many more Died in this neighbourhood,

Let me know in your next letter the common prise of the gunpoudr the pound the same as you sent home and tell where you saw Morris Griffith and what calling is now

John William

to Houndslow

15th of April