Letters from the Past
“Hugh Warrender from William White,Jedburgh 1799”
This letter was written by William White, Bridgend 12th Septr 1799, addressed to Hugh Warrender Esqr, Castlehill, Edinburgh who was a Writer to the Signet, and also involved with the Royal Bank of Scotland, but this letter concerns more parochial or personal affairs.
The Postal markings are a very clear straight-line town stamp JEDBURGH, Edinburgh Bishopmark SE 13 in two halves (which has a very fancy figure 3, which we have not seen on any of our other examples of this postmark) and the ‘4’ manuscript charge mark, which covered within Scotland for a distance of up to 15 miles.
NOTE: This is hard to work out, as initially there seems no reason why a letter from Bridgend in Roxburgh going to Edinburgh, should go through Jedburgh, which is a long way around. However, a contact told us he found a map showing there is also a Bridgend in Jedburgh as a suburb. The maps are very small, and are copyright so cannot be used, but this would explain the postage charge…
The watermark on the paper is S. LAY.
The letter has very individual spellings
“ SirThe next paragraph refers to a problem with the neighbour, Sir Cuthbert Shafte, and the language is obviously a dialect, and he has written some of the words phonetically. Could the reference to Pea Fowles refer to peacocks / peahens?.
“ I Recd a message from Sir Cuth.Shafte Yesterday to take away the Pea Foules from Stewartfield, as they were destroying both the garden & the Corn that being the Cease I most beg to know how they are to be disposed of, I Remember you mentioning of Miss Cumming getting two to Polton; the others could be disposed of here as there wer som Making enquiry at Whit if they were to be sold.The final paragraph is giving local crop information, which gives a real insight as to how the harvesting is going in that part of Scotland right at the end of the 18th century.
“There is still little appearance of any general Harvest here. the strong Cropes is sor laid down by the late havy rains & since the dry weather set in the after shoots is springing up amongst the laying corns. There is some Corn Cutt about Eckford & is in the Nebourhood of Kelso, but in small Quantity, Mr Church at Mosstown has 3 cart load of new meal at Dalkeith this week, which will bring a grate price but if the weather keeps good I hope the Markets will come more moderet &c
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