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A letter from Mary Houghton to her father. She would have been about 9 when this letter was written. Her fathers address is 13 Pratt Street, Lambeth, London.
Mary was staying with the Caldwells of Linley Wood (see Linley Wood 1811) who also had connections with Nantwich. Mary's father was a Unitarian Minister (Presbyterian) so the Methodists cry is amusing. Both the Skerrett and Stamford families are related to the Caldwells by marriage.
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. I include scans of any doubtful or unreadable words.
My Dear Papa
I expected to here from you yesterday and hope you will write soon. Mr Caldwell has been unwell but is better. Mrs Stamford Mary & Anne are gone to Ramsgate instead of Eastbourne, they intended pafsing through London, have you seen them? Stamford came home on Saturday. Mr Skerrett is just returned from Buxton we are going to drink tea with him this afternoon. The old houses have been blacked & white washed & look very smart on Sunday I drank tea at Mifs Harwoods who lives near the Methodist Chapel I stood at the window & heard the Parson cry out Woe Woe to the Presbyterians
I am your affectioante
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