Is there anyone on the list who knows a little more about who the persons are in this letter:
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155 Forsythe Street,
My dear Sister,
I am once more permitted to communicate with you and have the blessing of being able to tell you that I have still the use of all my faculties both of mind and body. many before the period that I have arrived at have lost the use of their limbs or powers of mind, I have als[o] experienced the Mercies of my heavenly Father who hath fulfilled this promise in that he has been a Father to the fatherless and a Husband to the widow and enabled me to live honest in the sight of my fellow creatures.
I well know that these tidings will rejoice your heart therefore I began with them. I often wish I could see you and know that you enjoyed that quickness and freedom from fatigue that I am sure from my own feelings you require. Mrs Hayter is I hope able (as I cannot but think she is willing) to render your every assistance in her power to conduce to so desirable an end. I hope she and her little dears are well and that her husband is still spared to enjoy with them the blessings bestowed in affectionate relatives, and that the Almighty may long continue _____ the blessings of each others society. I am sorry poor John has not been very succesful, and although he has had great difficulties yet we know in the hand of Heavenly wisdom that which appears evil to us can be overrated and in the the end produce permanent good. Many changes have taken place since last I wrote but not among our close friends if we except Mr. Smiths removal to a farm called uper Norton in the parish Reeding near Stenning in Sussex, they have not yet left Ashburnham, but their houshold furniture and some of the family have been gone for sometime. Lord Ashburnhams Steward has this last week had a fall from his horse and was so much injured that he died very shortly after and that has increased the difficulties of getting their money from the inventory. But I ______ you will have a full account from your sister as soon as she is settled. George drove her and Isabel over to take leave of me and her brothers for Wm. has here and has been, ever since Hipping. He is gong home in a few [days] and will take this to the ship. He and his daughters are as well as usual and living near Kensington. James appears very happy and lives near me sleeping at Miss [Frewens] to guard them. She is almost helpless but is quite hearty for her years but not to be compared to Mrs Edwards she is still very active Harriet and Charlotte are still with me, the former very sick for being in housekeeping herself and I will give her the first opportunity that offers for the purpose. Mr. and Mrs. Edward _____ are still living at Henderden but not prosperous the farming interest being still very bad in this Country. Their son William carries on the shoe business and has five children. Mrs. Horton lives where she did but is almost helpless. Mr. Plomly has left his farm here and gone to reside at Beckley where I hope he will prove more successful four of his sons are settled I believe in flourishing business [as the does] as a surgeon and a very skillful one the second as a chemist at Rye the two next as Vetenary surgeons and one still at the University who is expected soon to pass his examination. I am sure you will be sorry to hear that poor Perigoe has got a person come from London to oppose him as a Carpenter and others have taken up the [Austioneering] but I am in hopes after all that he will be enabled to get a living his son Herbert has married Miss [Poe’s] cook and they appear to be very happy he is only journeyman to his father. He I am sorry to say has still an increasing family. Mr. & Mrs. Blindel are as well as usual and Mr. Payne we expect them both next Wednesday at our annual Tea party the latter appear quite renewed and is at present at Battle preaching to a Congregation of sometimes two or three hundred. Rolvenden is his stated place but his Congregation have expand him in consequence of the others being in distress for a minister. I tell you all the news believing that you feel interested in whatever concerns [of] connexions. There has been great alterations in Northiam Dr. Wickes has been dead several months and Mrs. Wickes was too [covetous] to get anyone to take the business and by grasping at more than was just she lost all, and the business is at present divided between Dr. R_e of Beckley and Harris of Northam but another will come __ there are so many in the profession that have no situation and if they really have skill I think [thereunto] be no doubt of their suceeding. Before the [two] gentlemen died the squire who has taken possession of Brickwall House and repaired it cut odwn all his shrubbery and orchard to make improvements in his own, and consequently to make a new road and cut it down so deep that the Dr. had [ ] much [ ]
of [ ] to discard before he [ ] out into the raod and [ ] they never found themselves comfortable after. She is at present living at [ ]terdon but hear that she thinks of leaving her house perhaps she is going to reside with her daughter her husband has purchased Mr. Blackamoors house and premises he is a Curate and takes a limitted number of pupils. Mr. & Mrs. Rooks are at the same farm as when you left thm she drank tea with me last summer for the first time and talked about you, and was very much pleased to find that I had heard from you, and that you and family were well when you wrote, and with the rest of your [ ] desire very
kind rememberance to you all Harriet and Charlotte desire the same and are always much pleased when a letter arrives they were all well and have young families rising around them. Mrs. Harvey has thirteen, Mrs. Wm. Button has had eight but only five living. Mrs. Adams 6 or 7, I forget which. She was Mr. Buttons youngest daughter and his eldest son John is still in the established Church has had three wives but no family by either they live very happily as indeed all the different branches appear to do and are in good circumstances. We spent one day at Brigton with Mr. & Mrs Mullins who had taken a very nice house on the new [ ] for a month they have but one child living a young boy of about twelve years who has had every advantage masters and governess at home but very much spoiled by Papa her mamma was Mr [ ] daughter. We all enjoyed the day and returned home with glad and thankful hearts. And now my dear sister I must conclude wishing you all every blessing. I am yours Affectionately [P]. Weckes
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Amy Plomley slept here last night and Harriet and she are now sitting by the fire while I write the former still as much snuff as ever and were you here would be happy to have you partake with her and the parrot has taken her flight up stairs into the school room her favorite place, your brothers Wm. & James are both well and send their kind love to you and my nephew and niece and families pray the blessing of our Heavenly Father be with you all.
Northiam Nov. 16, 1837
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