Arthur Fox
North Barton
Hamilton, On

October 29th, 1893

Dear Arthur,

In regards to the first part of your letter, the least I say upon that subject the better, I think. I was glad to here from you, though it is the first epistle I have received from you since leaving England, which I suppose will be about seven years. I am happy to say we are all very well in health also much pleased to hear that you are well satisfied with your Change.

Emma Jane lives at Bradwell, has two Girls and one Boy. Hannah lives Sheffield, one Girl, Elizabeth, lives at Bradwell, one Girl Jemima, not married, living near Cheedle in Cheshire. I am very pleased to here of you doing well. I can only say of my self that it is the reverse of that, though now I hope and think there will be some improvement. It is no new experience to either of us where we have Cattle for them to be ailing in some way or other, therefore this is the terms upon which we have any kind of live stock, but I have no Cattle of any kind as I am badly qualified to look after them. I have my own land and two fields of Eccles belonging to the [Uniterians ?], four acres I grow Potatoes and Corn for meal, which we sell in the shop.

On Sept the 10th we got the first load of Coal from the new Shahon [?] at the Laneside near Brough. To day Coal in Bradwell is £1.4.0 per ton. The mining industry has [illegible] the population has decreased to under one thousand from 1500 and last Saturday the drink shops had to close at 10 o’clock. We have a many visitors to Bradwell in this summer but of the poorer stamp.

I saw M. Wragg of Nesherwater [?] the other week, he asked me about you. They have had no tidings of you for a long time. They are all well, I believe, but their farming is a very lean business. Littleucklow [?] is nearly as deserted. More than one half of the homes are uninhabited and falling into ruin and a colony of Pot and Basket Hawkers has settled in the place. Bert Wragg of Quarters was compelled to leave his farm, Nesfield sold him up. He went to live with his sister at Chesterfield but died in a few days, heart broken. Abraham Rowath lives at the place.

Tom Torn [?] lives at the Hall farm, repaired the House, put a new slate roof upon it. Albert Fox lives at Joseph-place, not married, also he has John Hall farm, he is dead & wife.

The Weslans [Weslyans?] has repaired there Chapel at a cost of £1230.0.0, made it very nice with portico in front the Board School has been condemed, and the Board are, in every probability, will build a new one on the northside cost £600.0.0.

Charles Rivel died on Thursday, after a long illness, last of family. Julia Oldfield is dead, oldest daughter of Isaac Somerset. Also her sister, Mrs. Bradwell [illegible]
has married Abraham Needham of Newwall Nook, therefore the house your grandfather built at the cost of £600.0.0 is now lost to the family.

Isaac Eyre of Sheffield married Elizabeth Colleral [?], lived at Bradwell when the said Eyre was Policeman at Bradwell. He died very suddenly, he was Executor to M. E[illegible] Rache Bradwell’s Husband. Sister to Eyre, wife M. E[illegible] & daughter had £1000.0.0 left in the [illegible]. There is nothing left another daughter, are thrown into poverty as his [illegible] are £3000.0.0 or over. Some say he poisoned himself.

Some time since we received a photo of your self, wife and children. Elizabeth appears to be getting stout and the Children as you say are all grown and look wel. We had George here two weeks back, his wife being at Hathersage [?]. Wakes [?] we join love and best wishes to you all,

I remain yours, ever the same,

Your Father,

John Fox

Bradwell, October 29th, 1893