Scroll Welcoming Anne Marsh Caldwell
In 1860 Anne Marsh (nee Caldwell) came into possession of the home of her childhood, Linley Wood, Talke, Staffordshire. Gaining possession of the estate came about through the terms of the will of her late brother James Stamford Caldwell who had died in 1858 unmarried. The event was marked by a party at Linley Wood, 8 September 1860, and this was reported in the Staffordshire Advertiser the following week. Unfortunately Anne was not able to attend but was later presented with a scroll signed by all the tenants to mark the event. It was around this time that she changed her name to Anne Marsh Caldwell in compliance with the terms of her brother's will.
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To Mrs Marsh-Caldwell Linley Wood
We your tenants and the inhabitants of Talk-on-the-Hill and its neighbours beg to offer our sincere and hearty congratulations on your arrival here to take up your residence amongst us. We venture to hope that your residence at Linley Wood whose delightful situation and beautiful grounds offer so many attractions to the lovers of nature may be permanent.
From the experience that we have already had of your willingness to assist us in all good and charitable works whether in promoting the education of the young or ministering to the necessities of our poorer neighbours we feel confident that the position and means which Providence has assigned to you and the influence for good which that position gives to its possessor will always be exercised with the wisdom and discretion that has hitherto guided it to the promotion of true Religion and the encouragement of virtue and to the honor and Glory of Him to whom you in common with ourselves are indebted for all earthly prospects. We have only to add that on our part we trust that nothing may be wanting that can in anyway contribute to render your residence here a source of unmixed happiness. May God have both you and your family in His Holy keeping.
Charles Eden, Gent.
M.W. Hutchins, Incumbent of Talk on the Hill
Robert Mountford Arnold
William Fryer, Senior
William Thomas, Snr
Thomas S Alcock
George Jackson's mark X
John Earley's mark X
Thomas Birks's mark X
Samuel Sutton Junar
Thomas Poss (Pope?)
John (Poctor, Hoctor?)
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