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These letters were written to or by members of the Houghton, Dowson and Enfield families who were all interrelated.

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Shorthand Letters

These first three letters are not transcribed as they are written in a form of shorthand. Dated between 1790 and 1796 I believe they are a variation of Samuel Taylor's or John Byrom's shorthand systems. 

Letter 1 - dated 17 Nov 1790 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Norwich.  1790
Letter 2 - dated Aug 1796 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Norwich.  1796
Letter 3 - dated approx 1793 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Norwich.  1793

Letters to P Houghton

Undated letter but approximately 1779-1781 to the Reverend P Houghton, Elland, Yorkshire - a letter from an Irish friend, J Galway.  Portaferry

Letter dated Dec 1808 to the Reverend P Houghton, Lambeth - a letter from his mother-in-law and a friend.  1810

Letter dated August 1810 to the Reverend P Houghton, Lambeth - a letter from his daughter with addition by A(nne) Caldwell.  1810

Letter dated August 1810 to the Reverend P Houghton, Lambeth - a letter from his daughter.  1810

Letter dated January 1811 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Westminster - mentions a job offer.  1811

Letter dated February 1811 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Westminster - general enquiries from Linley Wood Staffs.  Linley Wood 1811

Letter dated July 9th 1822 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Liverpool - congratulations on his daughter's engagement.  Norwich 1822

Letters to Mr H G Dowson

Letter undated but approx 1823 to  Cromer - description of the wedding frolic from his brother Wedding Party

Letter dated April 1825 to Geldeston - thanks for a legacy of a book of sermons from James Caldwell of Linley Wood Staffs.  Linley Wood 1825

Letters to Mary Houghton (Mary Dowson)

Letter dated August 4th 1821 to  Norwich- Latest news from her father, details of a complicated  journey  Liverpool 1822

Letter dated November 1st 1822 to  Norwich- Latest news from her father  Liverpool 1822

Letter dated November 11th 1822 to  Norwich- Latest news from her father including  a holiday in Tranmere  Liverpool 1822

Letter dated July 4th 1823 to  Cromer - LH Dowson and friend welcoming her to the family Thetford 1823

Letter dated May 4th 1824 to  Geldeston - Condolences from Harriet Martineau on the death of her father Martineau 1842

Letter September 1829 to  Geldeston - Congratulations from sister-in-law Emily Dowson on the birth of a son Emily 1829

2 letters from Hove House School to Geldeston - letters home from Harry (Henry)  Harry 1842

Letters to other family members

Letter dated March 28th 1840 to  Susan Dowson in Geldeston - General chitchat from Harriet Cooper  Maidsotne 1840