March 12th, 1888

My Dear Brother & Sister,

I cannot tell you how glad I was to receive a letter from you, not having heard anything about you since you left England.

I was very sorry to hear of Sissey’s being dead, the little darling, & you will miss her so much. It does seem hard to part with the only girl, but she was too good for this world.

From your letter trade does not seem very bright, but things will be brighter when the warm weather is come, & if you are in need, you must let me know & if it is in power to help, I will willing do so.

Now I am going to give you some good news, you will be surprised to hear that Uncle Horatio died last July worth over nine thousand & he left us two hundred each, but we cannot get it until Aunt has been dead twelve months & she is alright up to now & came to live here in October, but shall be leaving in about six weeks.

I am going to be married to Tom Jeffrey at Whitsuntide or soon after. I went home last weekend & they are all very well. Father gets to look old, Hannah has been living in Manchester three months but it did not suit her & she had to go home for a few weeks. She is better & has got a place at Maccelsfield & Jemima is in a place at Middleton near Manchester. George is much the same. If you write to me soon, I shall get your letter before I leave here.

John Conway is married to Lizzie Ancock at Huck[illegible] & Jack Wragg to Claire Jeffrey, daughter Dennis & Robert Evans daughter were married at xmas & there are six or more coming of in a while. I don’t know where Tom and I are going to live, so that if you send any letters home, I shall be sure to get them & then can let you know where we settle down.

My dear Brother and Sister, I should like something of Sissy’s, if only the least thing. I think if she had been my own child I could not have loved her more, but she is better off. I hope the boys are all well. They will have another Uncle Tom soon, by the by. Mary Hannah Parkin [Darkin?] is to be married the first week in June to Jabor [Jacob?] Hall in Imalldale [Smalldale?]. Don’t you think it a proper leap year?

Well, I think I have not any more news to send. With much love & kisses, from your loving sister,

Emma Jane Fox

The Grange
Eccles, Manchester

PS: I am enclosing a [photo?] of Father and Hannah’s. Please write soon & tell me all particulars about your means for I couldn’t let you want if I could help you.


Mr. J. A. Fox
25 Clarendon Road
Cheetham Hill

January 21st, 1887

Dear Sir,

Re: George Barnsley, deceased.

We have received your letter stating that Mrs. Fox will be unable to attend at Hope on Wednesday next.

We enclose statement of account showing the receipts and payments made by us on account of the estate leaving a balance of [British pound sign] 182.12.7 to be divided between your wife and Mrs. Wragg.

Mrs. Fox will please sign her name and the date across the first stamp where they appear in pencil and then be good enough to return the account to us by next post
as we may require to refer to it on Monday.

The only claim now outstanding so far as we are aware is Shirley’s.

We will bring over to Hope on Wednesday all the bills for your inspection.

Yours Truly,
Bagshaw & Hall, JHF

Bagshawe & Hall
63 Norfolk Street, Sheffield

To Mr. Isaac Arthur Fox and Elizabeth Jane his wife,
of the “Norfolk Hotel”, Mowbray Street,

I hereby require you to pay to me at the expiration of six calendar months from the date of this notice the principal sum of three hundred pounds secured by a certain indenture dated the 7th day of February 1880 and made between you of the one part and William Johnson Clegg of Sheffield in the County of York, Gentleman, of the other part and by a certain indenture dated the 14th day of November 1881 and made between the said William Johnson Clegg of the one part and myself of the other part and all interest then due thereon. And I hereby give you notice that if you make default in such payment I shall proceed to sell all the part share and proportion of you of and in the share of the residue and all other monies payable to you or either of you under the will of George Barnsley, deceased and also of and in all rents, dividends, issues and profits of the messenger lands, tenements and hereditaments [?] of George Barnsley, deceased, to which you and each of you are or may become entitled, comprised in the said indentures in pursuance and exercise of the power for that purpose given by the said indentures.

In witness my hand this 9th day of June, 1882

Charles Edward Daykin

This loan likely financed or prompted Arthur and Elizabeth’s move to Canada