Morris’ letters: 1 January 1811 – journey to Deal, news from home



R. the 11th Instant The First after fourlough

Deal Barracks January 1st 1811

This is to let you know I came hereunto  yesterday very well all the way till we came between Gloster and Oxford wheel of the Coach Broak on the way and the Coach fell down on his side no Body was hurt we was foure together.  On Sunday we had great snow all the day it was very Bad to Travel –  we took the coach in Heriford for London and we paid one pound foure shillings. I have paid on the Road everything together £3.4s.7d.½

Benjamin Jones is going home on Furlough tomorrow and I am going to send 4 silk handkerchief of Difirand sorts to you the four cost me 19s. 9d. I have nothing Particular to inform you at present. Let me know in the next how did you com on at Narberth and if any thing particular hapen there since I came from there.

And let me know whether did you heard from Thomas it or not. I have saw John Bowen he is well and harty Remember me to Daniel Williams and all my friends. Derect to me as usual. So no more from me at present

Morris Williams

[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

24th of instant

Received of the hand of Benjamin Jones four silk handkerchief  mentioned in this letter per John Williams.

January 26 1811

Your letter dated January 1st 1811 came  to hand the 11th instant, And we was glad to hear that you arived  safe without much hinderance  We was very uneasy about you for a letter came from Evan to Pegy his wife a week before yours to us I did take the opportunity to write these lines to you in hope they will meet you in your usual health as its leave us at present, but your mother was ill and keep her bed a week about (yr hen galan) the old new years day. She is at present as she usualy be, after she take John Owens ingredient.

The reason of our Delay in write to you this time was that we expect Benj Jones, and the Day before yesterday he came  to our house. That was the 24th of January With the Hanckerchiefs in Evening and went away after sit awhile he did not sleep with us one night. He is diligent and industrious boy, I think he want to gain a pound or two towards is expense in returning, to Deal Barracks.

What is your design in send the Hanckerchiefs home by Ben Jones which to sold them and send the money with him back to you, or let them rest here until you come home to have the money or the Hanchiefs, his furlough will last to the end of February and ten Days more, if this letter will come to your hand 2nd or 3rd of the next month and if you be Dispatchful, we shall have one from you about the 10th and put in it your Intention concerning the hanckerchiefs that you may have Answear with him of us, your mother have amind to send a pare of stockins to you by him, tell in the next how did you find the money to give for the neckcloaths for I think you have none against you was there We saw Owen at Canastonbridge on the 21st of Decembr last, he was well and healthy and return to Hounslow next morning in a Coach he was there three Days before us and be at Slebeck the pouder Manufactory is go on onthis level if his master can agree with the old Nathan Phillips Slebeck for a spot of ground of 4 or 500 acres the mills be 20 and ten water wheel one water wheel turns two mills no more than 40lb of pouder be at once in Each mill the cost to erect the mills before thay work will be, £100000 or hundred thousand pounds, hundred pounds weekly to be paid to labourers, if they cannot agree it will go on in. Suffolkshire for there is a convenient place near the sea side so well as Blackpool

About the beginning of April next we shall know with him where it will goes on, he say it will go on without Dupt in one of the two places his masters name is Cap’t Fleecer he has a pouder manufactory in the East Indies and knock it Down there because the long and endless war, I did Dream one night after I was at Canastonbrige about you as followeth I hear at home that the mills was Built and working pouder and in my Dream went down to see Owen and the mills which I did see, and as I walking there in the meadows and the roads I saw a newhouse was built after I was there before, in the hedge of a meadow by a road side above a pool of water was on the road it was […] road I was in the pool when I was there I know the place well and I went up to the house and there you was keeping a Shop of Cloath linen hanckerchiefs and materials for Bricheses waiscots and stockins, I ask you how was you Discharged I was Discharged, said you, by some Gentleman now this long time while after that I wake, your mother and your brethren did compel me to write my Dream to you, it is true I did saw it when I was sleep some night after I was down there.

Mary wife of D’d Edward danralt Died after you went from home, We did not hear nothing of Thomas your Brother yet so no more at present

…..your  mother have a mind to send a pare of stockins to you by him, tell in the next how did you find the money to give for the neckcloaths for I think you have none against you was there


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: 27 October 1812 – news from home, including the health of his mother and brother



[John Williams, Morris’ father writes]

October 27th 1812

We hope these few lines met you in the same Circumstance of  health as they left us at present, your mother hath recovered a little  now, she is very unhealthy if she will be a week moderate she will  be fortnight ill, Your letter Dated 29th of August came to  hand on the 14th of September at which time your mother was very ill and continue ill until the 12th of October and from that time  until now she is little better an answer to that Dated & posted on the 15th of the said month, may he is in your hand before now  Dated  16th of Octr came to hand 24th of Instant by David  Davies of Troedurair on Saturday when I and your mother was in  Cardigan and Willm made him welcome of Bread & Chees and  milk and come with him to Cardigan and found us there, and  make him welcome so well as we could, and gave him one po[und]

Note of Landovery Bank according to the letter, Yesterday I was at Minache and had there the last year’s Intrest which was Thirty three shillings, and I of my Necessity keep  them instead of the £2 you had the one by Cap’t Ferrier 27th of June and the other to David Davies of Troedurair 24th of Instant and 7 Remains until some time, allso had three pounds of the contents of your Note Remains £30 This Day £3 shall be put in Cardigan Postoffice for you.

Be content with your circumstance as a Militiaman and return to your contry a Singleman as you left it, when you have a Discharge,

26 of [this month]  I met with Capt  Ferrier at Llantood on the road and he told me that John Bowen  Kilgeran did a Treason against him at Pembrokeshire Election for not  vote the same side as him and say he will remember him for that  Capt Ferrier thinks that you are a cousin to John Bowen. I will tell  him you are not, only know him as a neighbour, and make you known  in the regiment to every man that think so, that you are not a cousin to  him, for Capt Ferrier spoke angrily Towards him, I am afraid that they [will] Look on you worse, keep you that to yourself you shall see how will he go  on, but make known that you are not a cousin to him, Capt Ferrier spoke  commendable of you and say that you are a study man. John Bowen say he promise is vote to Mr Howels in the presence of Mr Ferrier, and at the Election go with Mr James Pantsaison against them both they are both so angry to John Bowen as any men and other Gentlemen with them is towards him, I hear some say that he must join the Reg’t immediatly for is ill behaviour, what ever is in our power to do to you with all readyness shall completed, I am very languid in this language to do any thing. We have no man now but Will. you Tom & Caleb went out of the contry and cannot do nothing to us Daniel is in the Contry but not here, Willm has a runing ulcer on is wrist and cannot do any work and I do not know what will becomes of me and your  mother in short time for I cannot move astep without a stafe and  your mother is very feeble, now after Nourish many children have  none but one with sore arm and so I conclude this time

John William

Dir. to Loughrea, County of Galaway

N.B. by what means did David Davies lent you £1 better than you could lent him £1 and you have better pay than him let we know in the next

28th of October Posted this letter to Loughrea in the County of Galaway Ireland with £3 the stamps and ordors on that Postoffice Charged 4s 11d ½

[…] Sep’tr 10th I make £32 9s 2d to be £33 which is 10s 10d

[…] £ by Mr Ferrier and another by D’d Davies                     Total 15s 9d ½

Troeduraur that is £2 and I had one years                                          7s 0d

Intrest of Minache that is £1 13s and 7s is £2                                  £1 2s 9d ½


Mr Ferrier £1 D’d/ Davies Troeduraur £1    ——————–       £2 0s 0d

Intrest from 10th of Sep’tr 1811 until 10th Sep’tr 1812 ———–   £1  13s 0d


2 15 9 ½

1 13_____    

1 2 9 ½

  1. 28 of October

1st after Ireland

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: 5 December 1813 – he volunteers to join the army



R 10th of December

4th after Ireland. 1st after Vold


Hasler Barracks 5th Decr 1813

I am very sorry to tell you what I have  don but I think that will be for my Good I have Volunteered to go to the  23rd Regiment foot for five years or  sooner Discharge in Peaceable time and I think that we shall have  leave in very short time, I write this  few lines to let you know that I am gone and to hinder no one eles to write I like to write my self  to you I shall have a furlough for 3 Months to go home as soon as I will join the Regiment no more at present from me

Morris Williams

Morris’ Account


Your Money when was set to W’m Evan was £3  9s  2D

And I put 10s 10D to make them the sum of 33  0  0

Money I Paid for Morris

When the sum of £32  9s  2D put out I put 10s  10D to make £33  10s  10D

27th of June 1812 by Cap’t/ Ferrier ordors £ by David Davies Troedurair £___2

James Jenkin Cap’t Jones Servant _____________________________ 2

April 24th 1813. I sent Cardigan Postmasters Draft of £________________1

I paid Josia Evans wife £ and £ To William Davies came home on furlough__ 2

part of 1811 & 1813 when he was Ireland two years the sum of ___________ 7  10  10

£1  13s 1812 and £1  10D 1813. Two years Interest of Minache, Take from           3   3   0

This mony was sent to Ireland                                                               Remainder    4   7  10

1808 May 23rd £ letter & Draft 1s  8D 1808. November 21st 1s  8D 1809. March 13th 1s  8D ____ –  5 –

1809 April 18th £1 19s 10D Draft 2s 8D 1809. August 13th 1s 8D 1810 June 18th 1s  8D           –  6 –

4 18 10

1813 March 24. £1 sent to Logrea Letter 1s 11D ordors 8d ____________                  –  2  7

1812 £3 sent to Ireland Stamps and Draft _____________________________ – 4 11

Is Due to me ____________________ April the 30th 1814 from Morris sum of £5  6  4


Morris in Ireland as followeth                                                                      £    s   D        Postage

Intrest from 18th of September 1810 till 18th September 1814               1   13

1812 June 27th by Mr Ferrier Ordors £1 1812 October 24th                   2

D’d  Davies Troedurair

October 28th 1812. £3 of his Own Money from Minache letter                             s     D

& Order 4s  11D ½            3                   4    11 ½

March the 3rd 1813 To James Jenkin Cap’t Jones Servant £2             2

April the 24th 1813 I sent £1 letter 1s  11D Draft 8d                               1                2   7

August the 7th 1813. To the wife of Josia Evans £1 Cardigan              1

November 14th 1813. To W’m Davies coming home on Furlough      1


£ 11  13     7  6 ½

Total Amount of the Expensive season in Ireland __________       12   0   6 ½

Morris has of his Bounty in England


1808 May 23rd £1 letter 1s Draft 8d 1808 No’br 21st  £1

Draft 8d/ letter 1s                2                3  4

1809 March 13th £1 letter 1s Draft 8d/ 1809 April 18th 1  19  10

letter 2s Draft 8d        2  19  10       4  4

1809 August 13th £1 letter 1s Draft 8d  1810 June 18th £1 letter

1s Draft 8d        2                   3  4

Total      £6  19  10    11


Letters and Drafts __    11

when in England sum of  7  10  10

Morris, when Volunteered had Promise of 3 Month Furlough and had of that promise, from the the 2nd of January 1814 untill the 2nd of February 1814 at home, only 29 Days instead of three Months, This is second furlough, He went from home the 2nd of February  to join the 23rd Reg’t which was on the 11th of February at Exeter and March with it to Winchester and stay there till the 25th of Sept’r 1814. he was at gosport Barrack untill the 26th of March 1815

And Embarked to Holland for Nation, and Disembark the [ … ] March at Ostend in Fren[ch?] [ … ] and at Gramont in Flanders, [on] the 16th of June, we had Rout to join the Grand Army, and joined it at 7 oclock in Evning on the 17th we imediatly formed line, on the 18th about 10 o Clock the Battle of Waterloo begin as the letter relate Dated 24th of July 1815. Near parish


4 after Ireland

1st after Volunteered

Informing Letter  Dated 5th of December 1813



Morris’ letters: 24 February 1814 – news from home, Wellington to France



  1. 15th of March
  2. after Ireland

2nd af’r V.


Winchester Barracks 24th Feb’y 1814

To inform you that I joined the Regiment on the 11th Instant in Exeter I came in to Exeter on the 8th Ins’t and there I herd that the Reg’t was on the march from Beryhead to Winchester and there I stoped untill the 11th and then I marched with the Regiment to this place on the 21st 12 days march from Bery Head, a Party was picked out from this Reg’t to go to France but they are not gon yet I am not to go this time as I know of yet, and if it hapen that I must go I shall let you know again before I go – I have nothing particular worth to Relate only Sir W.M. Winn is in this Garrison With 1000 men that Volunteered  from the Militia to go a broad they are here now waiting for orders and I dont supose that will be long to Holland or France –

I have being very beusy since I joined untill this time I am on guard or eles I would write to you sooner, I had very bad snow from New Castle to Carmarthen and we was one day at Swansey waiting for Packet after that we had a very good Pasadge in about 3 hours and half, the ould shose lasted me untill the 13th Inst. and then I began to wear my new shose and they prove very good, let me hear evry particular news that you have yo in your paper I have not see a paper sin[ce] I left home let me know where about is Lord Wellington and where about is the Allies Army and let me know what is Newses is in the paper – I Expect your answ[er] as soon as possible with this Derections

Corporal Morris Williams

Cap’t Vernan’s Comp’y 2nd Batt’n

23rd Reg\t/ R.W.H. at Winchester, or eles where


I did not heard from Tho’s or knowing any thing of him and I do not know where to write to him if you have heard from Thomas Daniel or Caleb let me know in the next no more at present

Morris Williams

[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

March the 16th 1814.

We had a Letter of Daniel on the 18th of Feby  he was well then, allso of Caleb on the 26th he was in is health  that time, Your silk hanckerchiefs hemed by Nany Knukllwid  now this fortnight and your name. M.W. set on them

Lord Wellington Left Bayonne and goes on towards Bourdeaux he has 100,000  men under his camand, without spaniards & portugees as, Seren gomer Relate, The Combine Army cros the  Rhine month a go, and scarmeges was fought between  them and the French, Your Mother bids me to tell you to stay where  you are, We recived the last letter of Thos the 2nd of October last  Directions to him that time is as followeth, To. Thos William 6. Company 23rd Regt W Fusiliers 4 Divition British Army Spain, it is at present France

John William

Morris’ letters: 24 March 1814 – thousands lost in battle, disillusionment with military life, requests help with cost of acquiring his discharge


Winchester Barracks 24th March 1814

Dear Parents  To let you know that I received your  Letter dated 16th Inst on the 20th, and am glad to find that  you are all enjoy your usial health as I am at present thanks  God for his tender Mercy towards us at all times, According to your  Letter I have being Talking with John Williams Concerning his  promise to write to his Grandmother and he Told me that  he Could not have time to write, About 3 days ago a great  News Arives here Concerning Lord Wellington he had a very  heavy General Engagement with General South and his Army and Lord Wellington got the Field at last after lost many  Thousands of the British Army, We have not yet heard a tr[ue?] account of the Action but we have heard that 6 or 7 of  of our 1st Batt. Officers is left in the Field either Lo[st]  or wounded it is not known yet,

I have a very great favour to Beg of you as you a[re]  my Father I have no one eles to Apply but you, and [I]  think no one eles would do the favour to me with greater pleasure then you if its Lays in your power, and I hope to God that  you will Endevour the best in your Power to get me this favour, That is to get my Liberty Discharge from this Regiment  Because I am tired of my life with this People because a man Cant think nothing of the world is to Com, is  this place which we always aught to do espesialy a regular soldier because he dus not know the manite they will send  him to face the Enemay or to some foring parts –

So mush Cursing and swering ammongs the men in General  that makes me ashame to be near thier Company bec[ause?]  I trie the best in my power to think and Depend to  make my self redy to die whenever God s please to ca[ll?]  me, because I see that I cant be hapy in this world and the happiness of this is not to compare to that of the  world is to come, you may be surprise by Reading this Let[ter]  but Indeed I do not write nothing but what is real [ … ]  one oClock in the Morning I thought my heart would brok[e]  I could not help crying till 7 oClock the same morning  when I look Back and see the wicked world that I [was?]  being Through and see the wickedness that I have dun  and it is out of a man,s power think but little to th[…]  [h]e ought to do in the Situation I am in at present –

This is my Plan of geting my Distcharge I do not know  whethr it will please you or not but I hope it will, if  y[ou]  will make the Thirty Pounds that I got make them up a thes[…]  Guineas or if that will not do make them up 40 Guineas  and go to Mr Lewis of Clinvew and Desire of him if  [Poss]ible Can be, to write to the Member of Parlamant of  Pembrokeshire and Desire of him to write to the Commander  in Chief or the Prince Regent, and Beg the favour of his  Royal Highess to get me Distcharged for the sum of money that  you please, and if that wont do I have no hopes being  Discharged for ever, and you must mention to Mr Lewis  the situation that I am in the Regiment and that I had Voluntered from the Cardigan but dont mention for how long a time you  may tell that you Could not I am to the knowledge of  what time that I Volunteered for, and if you will make it  come to pass I shall never go from home no not 10 miles  I shall settle home to help you and my mother so long as  you Live I am willingly be as your servant so Long as you Live  If I had 2 or 3 Hundred Pounds I would freely Depart with  them for my Discharge, Nothing in this World would  be to Dear with me to Depart with for my Discharge  and I hope you will Endevour the best you can to do what  I Desire of you, and let me know an answer of this  by the return of Post dont Let no one know the contents  of this Letter Exept my mother and my Brother W[illiam]  and if that will not come to pass I shall be ruin f[ … ]  and that is a very hard thing for a man to say –  I have no more to ad at present but Desire upon you  and hope to God that will com to pass no more  at present from your son and Humble servant

Morris Williams Corporal

2nd  Batt. – 23rd Regt

[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

Mr John Owen is the Member in parliament for Our County, and Mr Lewes of Klinuieu voted against him the last Election But Mr W’ms Cumgloine was with him, I will Try Mr W’ms for you the next Days, And if that will not come to pass take you aheart of anew and perform your Duty Towards God and man as a true and a faithful servant, I will not leave a stone without turn it for you. I am your well wisher, we are at home in our usual health and we hope these lines find you Enjoy the same Blessing, your Mother know nothing of this affairs, I cannot tell Her, And God Almighty give you mercy before your  superiors and grant you what you Desire

John William


  1. after Ireland

3rd after Volanteer

Morris’ letters: 14 April 1814 – discharge dates, mother ill



R. April 24

7th after Ireland. 4. Vo

Winchester 14th April 1814

Dear Parents

This is to Inform you that I have Rec’d your Letter dated 3rd April and am glad to find that you will do the best you can to get me what I Desire and I hope that will be in Short time, I was send by the Colonel to the Cardigan Militia for 10 days at gosport Receive Volunteer and we had 7 from the Cardigan and 14 from the Heriford Militia, The War is all over now Bonaparte is Surender to the Russians and I reley think if you could have Mr Williams to write to Sir Owen and him to the Comander in Chief no Doupt but I should have my Discharge for 30 or 40 Guineas, I would work Day and Night to pay them back to you if you will be so good as pay them now if that will com to pas

I Am constantly hope to god Almity that will com to pas and I shall enjoy the hapiness of being free and a man to my self once more I never shall be happy untill I shall enjoy the pleasure of Make my abode at Penral[ … ] as soon as you will Receive this I hope you will write as soon as possible to Let me know what Mr Williams says in this Cause, I have nothing particular at present I Enjoy my usial Health Thanks be to god for his mer[cy] David Richard & Martha is in their usial Hea[lth] and John Williams the same I have no more to say but hoping to God that my Des[ire] will be granted no more at present from I your son and humble servant

Morris Williams

Corp’l. 2nd Batt 23rd

[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

Answer to this April 24th 1814,

This morning yours Dated on the 14th of Instant at Winchester came to my hand, According as I say of Mr Williams Cumgloyne in my last letter. I saw him the next day  which was the 4th of Instant, and I ask how can a man be Discharged from a Reg’t of Regulars, what number said. the 23rd said I , it is better for him said he to stay where he is a litle, for peace will take place in short time and then they will be Discharged said he from some number up to the last may be, they fix on the 80th or 90th and every Reg’t above what they afixed upon shall be Discharged, and then he may meet a man Discharged of the said Reg’t will go in is room for a trifle and may be for nothing for many men said he like better to be a soldier than be Discharged, or else said he he may go to the Colonel of the Regiment and tell him that he is tire of been a soldier it is in his power to Discharge him if he please, Make yourself known to the son of Serjeant Enoch he is with you in the Reg’t may be he will do something for your Discharge, you know better in that cause than me. ask advise to some persons is of knowledge in your affair and take you care lest thy hurt you or be against your Discharge

I meet John Bowen Tredeued last friday. I ask him how can a man be Discharged from the Regulars, he said all the Militia will be Discha  24th of June and the 2nd Battalion of every Regiment shall be Dischargd  and you are in the 2nd Battalion you shall have the same fate I  hope  you said to me in the letter you send to tell you Volantired, that you  Volanteered for five years or sooner Discharge in peacable time

Your mother is ill in her health and bid me this day to tell you to stay where you are with the Cardigan Militia, it was fault in you when was you at home and not tell your Mother to what you belongs write Back soon I will do any thing is in my power  and so no more at present

John William

Morris’ letters: 27 May 1814 – Winchester to Manchester, prisoners, discharge matters



Winchester 27th May 1814

This is to Inform you that I received your  Letter Dated 24th April on the 23rd Instant the reason  that I was so long without receiving your Letter was  I was sent on Command from here to Manchester in  Lancashire with a prison belonging to the 2nd Dragoon  Guards we was only 3 men 2 privats and myself we  was on the road from the 20th April to the 23rd May Inclusive  that maks 34 days we had very Bad weather going down  and very good weather coming back, I shall give you the  Stages of the Route in the end of this letter

I  Am very sorry to hear of my Mother being Ill, hopeing shee is better before this, I am very sorry that you could not have Mr Williams of Cumgloyne write to Mr Owens I have no hope of geting my Discharge without him or some other Gentleman will write to the Commander In Chife I hope that you will trie him or some body eles to write bfore Long I am most Asure that I could have my Discharge for 20 Guineas or Less If some Gentleman would write I have nothing Particular at present hopeing that I will not be long in this Situation, I have heard that the 1st Battn. of this Regt is on the way to Ammerica and we  expect that a Draft will be picked out before long to join and  then it will be to late for me to think of my Discharge then

I would be very hapy if I could have my Discharge once more I would Picked out my path better then I Did  where I was at my liberty, I have no more to say at  present I am in common health hopeing that you  all enjoy the same, Let me know in your answer  what is William my Brother think of my affair  in getting my Discharge and Let mw know when did  you heard from Caleb, this day I heard with a serjt.  that come from the 1st Battn. about 4 months ago that  Thos my Brother was well and harty then he was a servant  to the Surgeon then, this is names of Towns on the Road  from Winchester to Manchester and the distance from one town to another

Day of Month                                                            Miles

20                       Whitechurch                                 12

21                        Newbury                                        12

22                       MarketIsley                                   9

23.24                  Abingdon                                      11    holt sunday

25                       Woodstock                                    14

26                       Long Cromton                              14

27                       Stratford                                        17

28                       Hanley                                           8

29                       Burmingham                                14

30                       Worsal                                            8

1st May & 2nd    Stafford                                          18   holt sunday

3                         New Castle                                     16

4                         Congelton                                       12

5                         Winslow                                          12

6                         Manchester                                    12


Total                                                              __        189___


I Shall Expect your Letter answer of this as soon as posible and evry particular news if you have any no more at present from

Morris Williams Corpl.

23rd Regt. foot

N.B. Let me know whether did Mary James of Catell  get through the fever shee was in when I was home  and let me know did Thos Glanpwllavon got that  what he was in Serch of when I was home

[John Williams, Morris’ father, writes]

Answer to this June 23rd 1814

Yours Dated 27th of May came to hand 5th June something or others  make me to Delay in write to you sooner. we are in moderate health and hope  these lines found you the same

Let me know what is the name of your present commanding offcier at head quarters in the 2nd Battalion. so soon as possible. no more at present

John William

Let me know What is the name of the present commaning offcier at headquarters in the 2nd Batt. so soon as posible

8th after Volanteered