Family Scrapbooks  >  Westcott  >  Letters  >  George Benjamin Westcott  >  Letter to cousin

George Benjamin Westcott
Letter to cousin Mary Ann Buttrum, 1852

[visual emphasis added e.g. Westcott]

George Benjamin Westcott writes to his first cousin Mary Ann Henman, recently married to John Buttrum, who has left London for her new home near Woodbridge, Suffolk.  He sends good wishes for her new station in life, and includes weather and family news.

No 12 William Street
St. Peters Street, Islington

Dear Cousin

The last Sunday evening you where [sic] in Town I promised I would write to you, I now perform that promise, believeing that by this time the novelty of your new situation may in some degree have worn off. You must not think that you are forgotten by us because you are so far off. we often speak of you and picture to ourselves your Rural residence made comfortable for your reception and made still more comfortable by your union with one who having thought of you so long I am sure will use his utmost endeavours to make you happy. we have thought of you A great deal lately / the weather being so very dull and so much Rain / we fear you must have suffered from it as the accounts from all parts of the country are so distressing.

your Sister Eleanor has called upon us once since you left and I called on Aunt the 14th of this Month / She told me she had received several letters from you, in the one she read to me you speak very feelingly of her / I have no doubt you do very often think of her and miss her company after the many years you have been together / but I think you ought not to be unhappy about her for she seemed much more cheerful and comfortable than I expected to find her / it may seem A long time to wait before you see her but it will be all the more pleasant when you do meet. I hope you are more comfortably situated on Sundays than you expected to be.


 On Sunday the 21st we had A very Solemn and Impressive sermon by Mr Weir on the death and Funeral of the Duke of Wellington from the 2nd of Samuel 3rd Chap 31-32 & 38th verses /on last Sunday morning, Mr Weir preached on the great flood of Rain we are now having, his text was from 32nd Psalm 6th verse /after the sermon two Elders where [sic] ordained in place of two gone to Australia. in the evening we had A sermon by one of the Missionaries expelled from Austria from Romans 8th Chapr. 3rd & 4 verses.

I am sorry to inform you that my Wife's health has been very bad for some long time past / and remembering that you had spoken very high of Mr Gill of White Lion St I persuaded her to go to him / he did her A little good at first but it was not lasting / she is still much the same. I may not write to you again before Christmas / So we wish you both A happy Christmas and hope that the Almighty will spare your lives that you may spend many happy years together. we hope that Mr Buttrums Cold is better and that you are quite well.

We should be glad to have A few lines from you if your time will permit / I must now conclude with the usual apology for mistakes in the above few and unconected sentences. My Wife joins with me in sending our kind love and sincere wishes for your temporal and eternal welfare.

Your Affectionate Cousinsignature
Novr. 30th 1852

Thanks:  Anne Child