Location: South Australia
Transcription of letter to William Whaley from his parents - 1840
Grantham Sep 20th 1840
My Dear Children
We received your letter and I cannot describe the pleasure it was to us to hear from you and hear of your being well. We had expected a letter a very long time and should have been much more out of patience but had the satisfaction to hear of your safe landing after your long and dangerous voyage.
We have seen two letters from Brockett as came from you. Your father and mother and all of them was well at Brockett when we heard from them in August when they received your letter which was dated February, 1840. We see by your letter you have some things very dear particularly flour. We are very sorry to hear by your letter our dear daughter does not like but I suppose it is the far distance and I can well feel for her for I should be the same.
Your father says he should not mind coming to you if I would and there is nothing but the water as is the object and he says he could then make you some bricks for your house, but that cannot be, I wish it could but the water is the objection.
Your sister, brother and children is well at Sheffield. They have two children, the youngest they have named William. He is about 1½ years old. Thomas, wife and child was well when we heard from them. Robert, wife and children is well. They have three children. Edward is in London, but not with Thomas, he went up soon after you was here. We expect him down soon. Eliza is at home, she was at Marton feast.
Your aunts, uncles and cousins was well and all those who I have named desire their kind love to you both. I saw Mrs. Houghton at the wharf last week and she says she has a nephew at Adelaide a Mr. Eggelston of Newark Town, cousin to Mr Eggelston your old schoolmaster. She wishes you to call upon him and give her kind love to him and make yourself known to him. He is a very pious man.
We are very far divided from each other but may we all be preparing to meet in Heaven if we are not permitted to meet again on earth, but I hope and trust in a Divine Providence we shall meet again. Here we are looking forward anxious hopes for the time of your coming.
Cris W...... has buried his wife. I began this letter some time since, but waited for this gentleman of Spittlegate Mill coming, favoured by one of Mr. Hand’s sons who is going to Sydney. I hope you received the letter I sent by Mr Waterhouse your parents received your letter at the time as we received ours.
They are well. I must now conclude with our kind love and hope this will meet you all well as this leaves us. I thank the Lord for it and all blessings bestowed upon us. From your affectionate parents
T and A Whaley
God bless you all
October 29th 1840