John Trotter to his brother Robert,in Edinburgh ”
This is one of the seven letters we have which were written to Robert Trotter, during his long career which ended up as the Postmaster General of Edinburgh. This one is written much earlier than the first one which can be accessed by the link at the end of this webpage.
It is is a long and beautifully written letter from John Trotter, (possibly another brother), who is living in London. It is addressed to Robert Trotter Esqr No.5 Georges Square Edinburgh. There are three postal markings: first a poorly applied double cirle evening duty date stamp in black with the year in two figures, for SE 27 98; second, the 8 charge mark, which is correct at the time of 1796-1801, 8d for distance over 150 miles; and third the rather faded Scottish Bishop Mark date stamp in red for SEP bisected circle over 30. This was usual for a letter to take 3 days London to Edinburgh.
So now to the letter, which begins wih a paragraph about the business deal they have in hand. Because the cost of sending a letter depended on the weight and number of pages, most writers did not bother with paragraphs, and crammed as much writing onto a single page as they could. So, I have added paragraphs to make it easier to read, and the images show how it was actually written.
Soho Square 26 Sepr 1798
This image shows how the letter was written on the inside of the paper, and the fold is clearly visible.
Lady Newark is about to travel North again to sell off her furniture &c & after arranging her other domestic concerns she purposes to return to this place to reside altogether. This being the case I have invited her to this house as a resting place for a few days. Barbara accompanys her & of course becomes my intimate, so that I shall have enough upon my mind till all be passed over.
on the outside of the letter it is noted that the letter has come from John Trotter.
Finally, and not part of the original letter, someone, has added a pencil note on the front by the address, which is much harder to read than the original letter.
tells Robt he can treat Mr Hennessey as if for himselfThis letter is more than 200 years old, yet the paper is in really good condition, and the ink has not faded at all. Many letters of this age are not in such a good condition.
For a later letter to Robert Trotter in his role as Postmaster General of Edinburgh click here.
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