Letters from the Past
To The Revd E.W. Stillingfleet, Market Weighton,
from his cousin in Ross, 1827.
The letter has a town stamp mileage mark of ROSS 127 and think that this must be Ross on Wye, which is 120 miles in the Alan Robertson list. There are three charge marks, 10, 1/1 and 1/2, for which I can see no reason, as there was no enclosure, and no re-direction. It has a London morning duty extra date stamp in red ink in three lines
B 27 AP 27 1827 This transfer stamp can be identified as a morning duty because the year is in a straight line, and as an extra stamp as it has a double rim.
The inside is a copy of the Memorial to their forebear, which is in Worcester Cathedral, and this image shows the beginning part of it, although the letter has the complete memorial written out.
The rest of the letter has been torn off, but on the side panels of the address panel the letter has continued
At the top
I am also able to give a good acct of all our party here, except that Marian has a degree of languor upon her, & is become very thin. The weather has been severely cold, & the Black Mountain covered with snow. My wife unites with me in very kind regards to yourself & Mrs Edwd S. We are glad to hear that your Mother continues so well, to whom I beg every affecte remembrance & believe me
Then at the bottom of that page is the final comment.
I received the Power of Atty from Biddulph & Cocks more than a fortnight ago, & returned it duly executed.The rest of the letter is torn off.
There are comments pencilled on this letter — across the Memorial are these notes.
H.A. Stillingfleet MA
James Stillingfleet Father of Henry Aulking> Stillingfleet.
This last name is apparently the writer of the letter as he signs H.A, Stillingfleet. I downloaded information from the Internet about the Revd James Stillingfleet The website showing that there was a copy of the Will of Reverend James Stillingfleet, Prebendary of the Cathedral Church of Worcester held in the National Archives — which did not actually open, but at least it confirmed what the memorial said — and also from The British Critic, and Quarterly Theological Review which confirmed that he died as Rector at Hotham, but in his 86th year. The letter is sealed with red sealing wax and the seal is the initials of the writer of the letter in Capital letters H A S.
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