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


January 8th, 1893

Dear Brother and Sister,

It is so long ago since I wrote to you that I scarce know how to begin, but I am very sorry to say that we have no very good news to send. I must say that we received the photos all right and think they are very good. I am sure you may be very proud of all your sons. They look quite creditable.

I am sorry to say that our Family only consists of the same as when I wrote to you last 5 years ago. But we have had one little girl more born on the 29th of December 1890, so that had she been living, she would have been 2 years old now. She was 1 year and 9 months old when she died. She had been very delicate for a long time, had not walked, but went rather sudden at last. She was only ill 9 days. She has congestion of the lungs. It has been quite a great grief to us all, but you will know all about that with losing one your own self. You will see that we had called her after you by the card I enclose.

I think there is no news worth sending in this country. There is nothing but poverty on all sides. Nearly all of the inhabitants have left. I must say that we hope this will find you all well as it leaves us all better.

Just now I suffer much from [illegible – rhumatics?]. I have done all my own work for over two years now. Please give our best love to all your young family and accept the same yourself. Please write soon and send all news of yourselves and say what age your two youngest children are. I think you have named a baby right… [missing pages]

Dear Brother, I hope you will answer this as we should be very glad to keep up correspondence with you for the time to come. The Children often talk about you and their cousins over the Sea. I should much like to see you but there is the deep blue Pitch between us. The last time I heard from Aunt Margarets she was suffering from rhumatic and Clara had been under the Doctor again [oh, dear!] but I do not know if it was her old Complaint or not.

So I must conclude until you answer this from your hand.

J. H. Wragg

Netherwater, January 8th, 1893