6 October 1823 letter, page 2

6 October 1823 letter, page 2
  • Title: Letter from A C Wright to his cousin

  • Date : 1823

  • Catalogue number : Kent History & Library Centre U194/C5/5/5

  • Description :
    After returning to London following a visit to his cousin, who lived near Maidstone, A. C. Wright sent back an account of his journey  He took 9 hours to travel from Maidstone to Margate, and anther 12 hours to get from Margate to London by steam ship.
  • Transcript:

    came and I got on it, and set off for that place.  It rained the whole of the way from Chatham to Canterbury which is about 26 miles I I think I had my share of it besides some from another Umbrella.  As we approached Canterbury it began to clear up & by the time the Coach set off from Canterbury it was very fine, and I continued so the remainder of the day.  I arrived at Margate about 6 O’Clock in the afternoon.  When I arose next morning it rained very fast and seemed set in for wet, as it certainly proved.  I left Margate at 8 O’Clock for London on board the Steam Boat & we had a very rough Passage, most of the Passengers were ill which was rather unpleasant.  We did not arrive in London till 8 O’Clock in the Evening, consequently quite dark.  There were about 200 Passengers.  I arrived safe in Bow Lane about ½ past 8 O’Clock and quite well.

    The Ordination, of which I was telling you of, was on the Wednesday that I came home.  My Father expected me home on the Monday.

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