I have photocopies of some letters from 1820's and 1830's
Several are from Elizabeth Varley in Liverpool with dates in 1833, 1835 and 1823.
Most are addressed to William Kay(e) or Mrs William Kay(e) in Four Factories, Little Bolton. These are addressed Dear Brother and Sister. I believe Ellen Varley (her sister) married William Kay in Bolton in 1804 .
Other names that are mentioned are Sister Parthania (strange because I have also a Parthenia Butler with similar Date of Birth), James Maxfield (died 1838 Skipton), William Maxfield.
I would be interested to hear if any of these names fit in with any information anyone has from their own research. I have not been able to tie in with my family yet - Briscoe and Grandmother was Pounder.
To Mrs William Kay
Liverpool 5th May 1833
It is with pain I have to inform you that Parthania was taken very ill last Sunday, her Doctor thinks there is no hope for her, and that she may die very suddenly. She has expressed a great wish to see you, if you can make it convenient to come for a week or a fortnight, but you had better come immediately, as she may go at any moment.
To William Kaye
Lancashire With Speed
Skipton Jan 26th 1838
This letter is to inform you that Willm Maxfield, a Nephew of yours died this morning Friday at 2 o'clock, after several week illness. It is also requested that you will attend the Funeral on Sunday Afternoon.
For James Maxfield
? ? Granger
???? I have answered this day and Sister Parthania ???? being with her in the same house they were all well. I have had it in mind to come over to see you but as often I have put it of (sic), and as it might be some time before I can make it convenient I should be glad if you could spare time to come over the distance is so (?) great! ???? I have been lately discharged rom the Service with a pension of £10 a year – and it will be just as it happens when I ???????? thing fall out to my advantage ?? might detain me, if not I might (?) search a more hospitable Cl???? Lawce (?) Heartly (?) is very il. Susanh??? kind respects to you she says would be glad to see you over ?????
No ??? more(?) so than
Mr William Kaye
Near the Four Factories
Bolton le Moors (?)
Burnley 20th Aprril 1823
Dear B & Sister
You'll be astounded at my Silence but I have been waiting in expectation of settling that small Affair at ?????? ???? which is not yet done. I am residing at present with my Uncle L Heartley at the Lane Bridge, I am wearing at present time(?) I can suit(?) ???? ??? better. I had a letter from Sister Betty at Liverpool about a month
Lonsdale April 17th 1843
There is now a man at our house who is comming (sic) to England and I thought it a favourable opportunity of sending you a few lines without much expense. I have to inform you that there is a man dead by the name of Richard Varley late of Gisburn but has been living at Boskey Bridge in America he had left much property and has died without heir and the executors have been at Clitheroe seeking an heir by the name of Varley but they are not the right Varley's. Varley's of under Pendle are the heirs to the property and it appears to me that there will be very little trouble in finding their registers for they will be either either at Gisburn or Newchurch in Pendle.
For Ellen Kaye
6 Lines all Eights
Hymn or poem follows
September 19 1839
Jane Shutt Departed
September 19th Aged 72 years
Mr William Kay
Bolton Le Moors
My dear Sister
You will be surprised to receive a letter from me but I wish to know whether you intend(?) coming to Liverpool this Summer if you do, have the goodness to ???? me ????? when you mean to a??? so, I want to know in what way I ??? be the most useful to my ????? this is a strange question to ask but I have a good reason(?) for Please to tell me when you will(?) ????????? So the is said how they
46 St Anne's Street Give my ??? respects to William and tell him am being much obliged to him for his ??? behaviour to him where she was at Bolton. I hope this will find you well(?) as it leaves(?) us all the ????? and believe ????? to ???? ????? affection ???? Sister E ?????
Endeavour to ???? ???? as useful and ??? ???? Please to write as soon as you possibly can
??????? 24 1812
My motive and Intention in writing these Hymns is to put you in mind of the Birth of Christ that you May Seriously Consider the Grand in ??and Design of Coming into the world. Lay it seriously to Heart and weigh it over in your own mind, think of her Infinite Mercy and goodness (?) towards you, in taking upon him the Form of Human nature, How condescending his Love was for Poor Mortal Man, that he must become an Infant of Days, Live a Life of Sorrow, for 33 years, and at Last Lay Down his Life to Procure (?) our Salvation, Lifts up your heart and Praise him for what he as (sic) done for you,, Begin again to Serve him more faithfully, never R??? ??? you find your Heart is Intirely Clean from Accomplishing(?) in the final Salvation of your Immortal Soul,, Remember he is just such a Saviour that can do you good, He can Supply all your wants in one Single Moment,, Remember If youhave not,, its Because you ask not,, If you R??? hum you Seal you own Eternal Damnation, and that's for Ever,, He as (sic) Died to Save you from your sins, and to give you Eternal Life, Therefore if you are Lost, Remember, it is Because you will not come unto Christ for Mercy,, Paper fails. So I conclude. Begging an Interest In your Prayers,, Pray that God may Bless my Sould,, J E(??)
William Butler Born April 13th 1800
Ann Butler Borne 1806
Married July 2 1825
Margret Butler Born 15 Novr 1827
Parthania Butler Born March 27 1830
Ann Sophiah Butler Born March 7th 1832
Mother Departed March 16th 1832 Aged 25
She was a tender Mother and a loving wife
William Butler April 29th April 1832
Mr Wm Kay
Nr Four Factories
Little Bolton le Moors
Skipton 20th April 1832
Dear Brother, Sister
We received your letter dated the 16th Ins. We are truly sorry to hear of the Death of our dear Niece, but we must at all times submit to the Will of our Creator if we expect his Pardon, and think all for the best. If you can make it convenient we shall be very happy to see you and your Son in Law over here as soon as possible, our Kind Respects to him and inform him we are all well here and we Remain Affectionately Brother & Sister
Liverpool Octr 12 1835
Dear sister Parthania
I have taken a house in Cheshire and wish you to return to Liverpool on Thursday next by one of the early trains. I want you to down at Mrs Grey's by three oclock in the afternoon of that day, where I will endeavour to meet you; but should I be unable to do so, you must come over to Mrs Ogilvys by the Seacombe boat.
With respects to sister Ellen & her husband
your affectionate sister
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