Letter From Jesse Udall and
Keturah Udall Stanley to David Udall
Chart Sutton 20 Aug 1860
Dear Son and Daughter,
I received your letter a week ago with pleasure and was never more pleased to hear that you are doing so well and kindness towards me and lasting love and respect from you and Eliza to receive my love and everlasting respect to you and regards. John we are happy to tell you that he is getting on pretty well and in the employment of Mr. Levett. He has 6 children. His eldest girl keeps his house. He has had great trials since he lost his wife, but another blessing: he has found great friends.
We are sorry to tell you that Mrs. Udall died February last after a long and painful illness, and I am sorry for the weakly health of Eliza. I was very pleased to receive the few lines from Eliza and glad to hear that she is comfortable with you. I hope that in your next letter we shall hear a better account of your health. I was pleased to hear of the children and should like to see them
As to Mormonism I am perfectly satisfied in my own mind as ever I was. I should like to be with the Mormons but they are all gone from Marden and I left them because they was become extortioners and they wanted 1 tenth of my income.
We have to inform you of the death of your Uncle Drawbridge. He died the 2 of June very sudden at his work and he has left me 20 pounds, Aunt Drawbridge 100 pounds, Uncle Colson 20 pounds and the rest is to be shared amongst his nieces and nephews. We consider him worth about 800 pounds so that we suppose it will be from 20 pounds to 23 pounds each. You mentioned in your letter in sending me money, on the other hand we shall have to send you money but if you wish me to take your money I can do so by receiving a satisfactory letter from you and you had better send a receipt for me to give to the executor and we can get it stamped here. I want you to send me word how much you intend to give me and if you like to lend me the whole or part of your money. I am going to do something to try to get my living out of it and if not how can we send it to you. As regards my health I have been poorly the biggest part of the winter but now I am as well as common. I am living with Keturah at Chart Sutton, Kent. I am glad to say I have not suffered for anything through my family and friends and Mrs. Udall and Mrs. Bennett and a few shilling funds besides them.
As to genealogy, I was young. My grandfather was a large farmer – a rich family back there; was a coat of arms and there was an Esquire relation to my grandfather near at Bridport in Dorsetshire. My father came from Bridport in Dorsetshire.
I must conclude with kind love to you all not
Dear brother and
sister and not sisters I don't consider her as such. I am sorry to say that I have a
brother that has got 2 wives.
I now take my pen to write to you for the first time since you have
been gone and know I have very painful news to tell you. My dear sister Mary departed this
life last January after a short illness so that I had not time to see her
which was a greater grief to me.
I feel quite lost – I have neither mother nor sister, but I have a
very kind husband who provides a very comfortable home for me and your
father and my family. I have
6 children, 5 boys and 1 girl.
They are all good and healthy. I have a great deal to do for us
all. George is a great boy
and begins to be useful. My
husband has a business to himself, which I am glad to say it answers very
well. We have heard from Mr.
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