- 15th of March
- 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
[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