These letters were written to or by members of the Houghton, Dowson and Enfield
families who were all interrelated.
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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.
Letter 2 - dated Aug 1796 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Norwich.
Letter 3 - dated approx 1793 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Norwich.
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.
Letter dated Dec 1808 to the Reverend P Houghton, Lambeth - a
letter from his mother-in-law and a friend.
Letter dated August 1810 to the Reverend P Houghton, Lambeth - a letter from his daughter with addition by A(nne) Caldwell.
Letter dated August 1810 to the Reverend P Houghton, Lambeth - a letter from his daughter.
Letter dated January 1811 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Westminster - mentions a
Letter dated February 1811 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Westminster - general enquiries from Linley Wood Staffs.
Letter dated July 9th 1822 to the Reverend Mr. Houghton, Liverpool - congratulations on his daughter's engagement.
Letters to Mr H G Dowson
Letter undated but approx 1823 to Cromer - description of the wedding frolic from his brother
Letter dated April 1825 to Geldeston - thanks for a legacy of a book of sermons from James Caldwell of Linley Wood Staffs.
Letters to Mary Houghton (Mary Dowson)
Letter dated August 4th 1821 to Norwich-
Latest news from her father, details of a complicated journey
Letter dated November 1st 1822 to Norwich-
Latest news from her father
Letter dated November 11th 1822 to Norwich-
Latest news from her father including a holiday in Tranmere
Letter dated July 4th 1823 to Cromer - LH Dowson and friend welcoming her to the family
Letter dated May 4th 1824 to Geldeston -
Condolences from Harriet Martineau on the death of her father
Letter September 1829 to Geldeston - Congratulations from sister-in-law Emily
Dowson on the birth of a son
2 letters from Hove House School to Geldeston - letters home from
Letters to other family members
Letter dated March 28th 1840 to Susan Dowson in
Geldeston - General chitchat from Harriet Cooper