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James Caldwell to Henry Gibson Dowson  

This letter contains thanks for 2 volumes of sermons "by his late friend".  The recipient, H G Dowson, is the husband of Pendlebury Houghton's daughter Mary and executor of his will.  Houghton had died in 1823 or 24 and his will had been proved in 1824.

Mary spent time with the Caldwells as a girl and the two families seem to have a connection.   The letter is addressed to Dowson in Geldeston, nr Beecles. Details about the Caldwells and Linley Wood can be found here Linley Wood.

The spelling is as per the letter. Note the arcane use of the f style s where there is a double ss as in addrefs. I cannot replicate this on the computer.

Linley Wood April 7 1825

My dear Sir
     I beg of you to accept my sincere acknowledgements for the additional mark of your kind remembrance in sending me the two volumes of Sermons by my late excellent friend, and which arrived here a day or two ago. The perusal of them will I am persuaded afford me the same pleasure and satisfaction which I have so repeatedly derived from his former works: and be afsured that the Book will ever be highly valued by not only on account of the eminent talents and virtues of the author but the kind attention manifested by its donation. 

     It will give Mrs Caldwell and myself great pleasure to have a good account of Mrs H Dowson, in whose happenifs and welfare we shall ever take a deep and sincere interest. 

Be kind enough to present our united and best regards to her. Believe me,

My dear Sir
                             being faithfully yours 
                             James Caldwell