"Letters from the Past
Lost mail : Charles Bodenham, MP to
William Witham,Solicitor, Grays Inn, London, 1836"
Postmarks Hereford CDS smudged date NO 15 1836, FREE with a crown dated what looks like 17 NO 17 1836 in London. Witten at the top of the address panel is Hereford Novr fifteen 1836 (date and place required for the franking system) and a signature at bottom left E B Clive.
The letter is beautifully written and easy to read and concerns the transfer of funds and the resultant paperwork.Considering how old it is the writing is still very distinct and obviously written with a quill pen. I find the underlining of the different words and phrases very interesting,as it really does make them stand out in these old hand written letters.
My dear Witham,
Notes: Charles Bodenham was recorded as a Gentleman of Hereford, and there are records held in the archives for Herefordshire concerning him, particularly one
Reference number CG33/1 “Assignment to attend the inheritance, 25 May 1836”,A person of standing, such as he was at the time, would have been able to pay the postage for a letter, but it was not thought to be a particularly bad thing to do at the time, but the Post Office was losing great sums of money by the mis-use of the Franking privilege, and instituted many changes to the usage to try to prevent this. One of them being the instructions that the person claiming the free frank should write on the letter the place of posting, the date and sign at the bottom of the address panel. This was done, on this letter, but it is obvious that he has not written the letter, nor was it written on his behalf.
Rotherwas was the family chapel of the Roman Catholic Bodenham family. The originally simple medieval building has a fine Elizabethan timber roof, a rebuilt 18th century tower, and striking Victorian interior decoration and furnishings by the Pugins.
Tuam is a town in Ireland and the second-largest settlement in County Galway. It is west of the midlands of Ireland, about 35 km north of Galway city. Humans have lived in the area since the Bronze Age while the historic period dates from the sixth century. (Wikipedia)
Carantrily also previously known as Carrowantryla, or Carrantrila.
I could not find any reference to Robert Clifford or the Nuns at Limerick.
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