Daniel’s letters: 2 July 1815 – loss of men in the war and news from home

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R 7th of July

Hounslow July 2nd 1815

Dear, Father and Mother

Your letter Dated 27th of May I received on the31st and very sorry to heard of your illness and in great hopes you are in better health at present, I have to inform you that I brought the Book you mention in your last letter and upon my opinion is a reasonable Book but many men about here would not fancy it much, I have nothing to inform you at present but the War is caried on with great severety, the last engagement Duke of Wellington lost upwards of 20000 men, Prince Blucher lost 16000 men they took upwards of 7000 french prisners and 250 pices of canan

Bounaparte lost upwards 30000 cavalry beseide foot soldiers,

I have no more to say at present but wish you all better health write as soon as you can and all the news – remember me to my frinds and relations We are in our usual health at present I am your most obdient

DDl  Williams


[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

my good Brother I am Sory to hear of your Lamenes: which in all human Probability will folow you to your grave hear are Difrent profesors of Religon as Methodist Baptist pesbiterian quackers all adoring the Same God upon Diferent principle I am Severly handle with the rumatisim in the Sole of my right foot this Late Battle at watarloo in the Netherland hath been the most Severe of any Ever fought Several English Rigment 1020 Strong Could not muster 300 when they came of the filde of Battle

I am with respect Owen Williams


[John Williams, Daniel’s father, writes]

July the 7th 1815

My good People

Yours Dated the 2nd of July came to hand on the 7th of same, it was good with  us  to hear that you all Enjoy your usual health but my Brother I hope the severity is in your foot will abate before long

I am in the same situation Esther can walk and do something for her bread but I can do nothing

Caleb vist us in the night on the 29th of the last  from Millford and stay here till the 3rd of Instant and at two of that morning he went back to Millford the Brigg was mended in her Tackels, he was well then Will was with him to H[averford]west and horses now is the hay harvest in the nighbourhood

John William

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Morris’ letters: 24 July 1815 – Waterloo

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R. 9th of August

Camp Near Paris 24th July 1815

Dr Father and Mother I hope these few lines will find you all  in your usial health as they leaves me at present Thanks be  to the Lord for protect me that Dagerous day I was in the 18th June

To give you as Short account as I can of our Traveling to this  Place, On the 16th June at 7 oClock in the morning we had the  Route to march Imediately from Grammont in Flanders to join  the Grand Army Marched on that day till 11 oClock at night and  halted for about 5 houers next morning march of till about  7 oClock in the Evning the 17th at which Time we joined the  Army which was in formation for Action we Imediately  found Line but nothing dun that night, on the 18th about  10 oClock the Battle Begun and Continued very hot till about  8 oClock in the evening at which Time the French Begin to  Retreat , The French was driven of thier Ground that  Night about 9 miles and Taken from them Great many  Prisoners and upwards of 100 pisis of Canon and next morning  we marched after them till we came to Paris and now  we expect to move shortly either to England or to some settlem[ent] Quarters in this country

Nothing more worth to relate  on 18th June we lost our head Colonel of the Regt his [name]  was Ellis and another Colonel wounded and one Major kile[d]  3 Captains kiled 3 Lieutenants Kiled Serjt Major killed  I canot give a propor account what number of men was  Killed that day ,

I shall expect your answer as soon  as possible I Remain your Dutiful son –

Morris Williams Corpl 23rd Regt

 

Derect to Corpl Williams No 2 Compy 23rd Regt
Devision British Army
Paris France

 

John Williams that was at home when I was is well and harty –

Posted Answer 10th of August to France

Morris’ Letters: 19 August 1815 – news from Paris, expectations of a move of camp

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Camp Near Paris 19th Augt 1815

Dr Parents

your Letter Dated 10 Inst I have Recd yesterday and am very hapy to find that you are all enjoy your usial health as I am at present Thank be to the Almity for his Goodness towards us at all times, we have not move from the first Camp as yet  since we com to Paris, but expecting to  break up the Camp Shortly to go to some Town to Quarters, There is no Talk yet of us  Coming back to England, There is some  Regiments to go to the Wes Indies I dont  know whether this Regt will go or not  but I think this Regt is too weak for that  service, I have nothing particular worth to  Relate at Present only the whole Army is Close Round Paris. I have been in Paris several times and Indeed it is a Rich City

you mention about my Discharge  in your letter I think it is no use  for to do any thing untill we will Come to England and then I hope that  betwen you and Thomas Glanpoolavon that you will get my Discharge –

Remember me to Thomas Glanpoolavon  and tell him that I am very mush  obledge to him but it is no use till  we come to England, evry man that was  at the Battle of Waterloo is to have 2 years  servitude for that day I have no more  at Present Derect as before

Morris Williams

Corpl 23 Rgt

Daniel’s letters: 14 June 1818 – wife unwell, and Battle of Waterloo celebrations

R. 25 Instant

Hounslow June 14 1818

Dear Father and Mother

I take the opportunity to write these lines to you and hope they will meet you in your usual health as we are at present all but my wife has been rather poorly for great while she send her love to you all likewise Uncle and Aunt. I rather wonder that I did not heard from you since I wrote on the 30th of Novebr last I wish to hear from you as soon as possible to know how you all are and to know whether Caleb is still at home I have no news to inform you at present only we still remain with Uncle and Aunt and I am goen back to the Powder Mills to Work

We expect to have a grand to do on Hounslow Heath on 18th of this Month in memory of the battle of Waterloo. There was five Reigments of Dragoons revewd on Hounslow Heath about a fortnight ago 1st & 2nd Reigt, of life guard Oxford Bluse, 10th Royal Huzzar and 19th lancirs

Please to give my best respect to all my friends and except the same Yourselfs

 

Dl Williams

 

Answear this 28 of June 1818