Year

1666

Sender Place

Chester Castle; Chester, Chesire, England

Receiver

Ann Harrison

Receiver Place

n.p.

Repository holding original letter

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Full Date

1666-10-28

Document Type

Transcription

Country, State, Location 1

53.1853, -2.8923

Keywords

James Harrison, Chester Castle, Cheshire, Ann Harrison, Thomas Bretton, Edward Lingard, Roger Longworth, Lydia [...], Quakers, Society of Friends, persecution, Quaker business, imprisonment, prison, jail

Abstract

Letter written from jail dated October 28, 1666 (October 18, 1666 Old Style) from James Harrison to his wife, Ann Harrison. Hearing she has not been well, he asks her to send word at her next opportunity. He talks about his shoemaking business, his employees Edward Lingard and Roger Longworth, and impending employment. Finally, he assures her of both his health and those imprisoned with him, and sends her his love.

Transcription

A: H: [Ann Harrison]

Deare [and] verie [very] kind & [and] loveing [loving] wife, I unders

-tand [understand] by Thomas Brettan [Thomas Bretton] yt [that] thou is [you are] or hath [have] not

beene [been] well since thou [you] came [tohome?] [to home], I would hav^e^ [have]

thee [you] to send me word how it is with thee [you], by the

next opertunety [opportunity] thou [you] hath [have] & [and] in ye [the] meane time [meantime]

git [get] or take [ink blot: of] such things as is sutable [suitable] for thee [you]

I sent to lidea [Lydia …] to send me word what was said

of me consarning [concerning] ye [the] buying of a kinfe [knife], Likwise [likewise]

if Edward [Edward Lingard?] take not well in hand, with Rodger [Roger Longworth?/Roger Haydock?]

I had best have him hither [here] for I could have

imployment [employment] enough, my Deare [dear] & [and] tender love

is Dearly remembred [remembered] to my loveing [loving] child [Phebe Pemberton], & [and]

to my mother, Lidea [Lydia …] & [and] Rodger [Roger Longworth?/Roger Haydock?] & [and] Edward [Edward Lingard?] ecpe

=iting [expecting] them all, to sarve [serve] thee [you] in what thou [you] hast [have]

need, [strikethrough: all] my fellow prisoners are all well & [and] I am

well, & [and] ye [the] love yt [that] I am indued [endued/imbued] withall [with all] abounds

towards thee [you] & [and] in it I hope to remaine [remain], but

sease [cease] to write, This from thy [your] Loveing [loving] Husb=

=and [husband] Ja Harison [James Harrison]

Castle of Chester

ye [the] 18th of 8th month

1666

[page 2]

[In a more modern hand]

James Harrison

Chester Castle

8 mo [month] 18 1666

to

Anne Harrison [Ann Harrison]

HSP DAMS ID

15726

Language

english

Type

article

Type

article

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