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
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,
This letter Directed to portchester castle Portsmouth For Morris William