Letters from the Past
“James Crowdy,in London,September 1815”
This letter is written from Woodstock. It has a very poorly applied mileage mark from that place, and an 8 manuscript charge mark, and a London single circle receiving mark in red ink for 6 SE 1815. Woodstock is 62 miles from London and that 8d charge covered a distance of 50 to 80 miles for a single page letter. |
The letter is addressed to J. Crowdy Esqr Sussex Hotel Boceverise (?) Street London. (He was one of the firm of solicitors from Highworth, Wiltshire), who was then at a hotel in London.
That address is illegible to us.
The letter is easier to read than the address on the outside, but obviously, the postmen would know the address of the Sussex Hotel.
Woodstock Septr 5 1815
The letter is then handwritten underneath.
CopyHe has then explained the ‘ + ’ sign in the letter
+ This cannot be Correct – it must be the price of the day at the time of redemption.
The Lord Shaftesbury referred to in the first paragraph was a British politician, Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury (21 December 1768 – 2 June 1851). As a younger son of an earl, he was styled The Honourable Cropley Ashley-Cooper until 1811, when his elder brother died.
This is one of three letters we have addressed to the Crowdys of Highworth. Follow these links for the other two.
1820 , Elections in 1820
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