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Letters, References and Notes (1843) 
Relating to Anne Marsh (Marsh Caldwell)

The following is a listing of letters, references and general notes from 1843 relating to Anne Marsh (Marsh-Caldwell) and her family, in particular her husband Arthur Marsh and their son Martin Marsh.  For notes relating to other years please go to Letters, References and Notes (1780-1874).


Letter from Arthur Marsh to his son Martin Marsh.  The letter reads as follows:

16 May 1843
My dear Martin
I enclose a note which I have just received from Mr Clutterbuck.  What do you say to standing for a Postmastership at Merton this year?  Do you feel up to it?  Consult Mr Corkesley sharing Mr Clutterbuck's letter.  In the meantime I have accepted for you the offer of the Rector of Exeter and you will at all events be entered at that College.  But I do not quite understand whether it will be necessary that you go up and matriculate there this next month of June.  Perhaps you can ascertain that point by enquiring at Eton.  The days of examination at Merton for the Postmastership, and at Exeter for matriculation are about the middle of the month and within a week or so of each other.  You observe that Mr C. says that should you be so fortunate as to get a Postmastership this year; you need not go into residence until after the long vacation of 1844.  He does not say so positively in his note I see, but he told me so verbally, when I met him by chance yesterday afternoon in Watford, after his note was written and dispatched.  Your first object I think should be to get a Postmastership, failing that you are entered of Exeter; but on several accounts I should prefer the former for you and either this June or next you must try your chance, but I expect consult Mr Corkesley on the expediency of trying this year.  Yesterday came Sir Henry Mainwaring and Miss Carry M. who with Miss Lyon and your Aunt Roscoe fill us well up and give . . .  enough to your Mother!  But I  . . .  swear she will find time to write to you.  My complements to Mr Corkesley.  We shall be delighted to see you and Mr Garth on this Holiday you speak of and if you bring a Postmastership in your pocket, so much the better.
Ever most affectionately yours

Martin Marsh's "Aunt Roscoe" was Ann Marsh-Caldwell's sister Hannah Elizabeth Roscoe (nee Caldwell) who married William Stanley Roscoe.
A "Postmastership" was a scholarship, carrying with it a great reduction in fees, available to Eton students wishing to go on to Merton College, Oxford University.



Letter from Ann Marsh (Marsh-Caldwell) to her son Martin Marsh and also a letter from Arthur Cuthbert Marsh written on the same piece of paper.  The letters read as follows:

May 30th 1843
My dearest boy
I hope you got Posy's letter yesterday to tell you why I most unwillingly gave up writing to you.  I had to go to the farm on an errand for your father, then to pay a visit to poor James, and before I could get back from this George came flying after me to tell me that the Wedgwoods were arrived.  We had Mr & Mrs Hensleigh Erasmas and Catherine Darwin and two children. They came to stay the day and before their departure it was time for me to go and dress to dine at Morden, so my letter to my sweetest boy was t . . . d to be put off till today.  I congratulate you most heartily my dearest upon your success in getting into the saying class and I  . . .  and  . . .  your fur foolest representative not being able to miss his loved master.  My tenderness for said dog is always much increased by him playing the part of proxy for you and I offer him several dainties to celebrate the good news all of which he refused which you will consider if not a sign of tenderness and gratitude to his grand ma, at least as a proof that he gets dinner enough.  Before going further while I remember I will ask you whether you received a letter from Louisa enclosing the £1.  I hope you did but always acknowledge a money letter by a few lines as soon as you receive it.  I hope too you got your cape which left this by  . . .  load on Thursday.  We have been made very sorry this week by an account of the dangerous illness of Baron Alderson at Hastings.  Our Doctor has been down to see him twice and I fear he is yet not quite out of danger.  His poor children have been in great affliction.  They are now a good many of them at the Grove, and Fanny and Georgy are just gone down to enquire the news from Hastings and to ask whether they can be of any use in amusing the children.  He is a clever and a good man.  His loss to society will be great, to his family incalculable, but I trust he will be spared.  We dined as I said at Morden yesterday.  We met no one but Mr and Mrs  . . .  [Robert Eden?] He is a clergyman and a brother of Lord Auckland's and a most excellent man.  Your father found him very agreeable also.  There was much talk of the present secession of the Scotch Ministers 400 of whom have thrown up their livings at once and ploughed themselves and families into poverty for conscience sake.  Everyone is sorry for they think the point in dispute is not one which called for such a sacrifice.  It being merely one regarding the appointment of the Ministers of their church, yet when one looks at it in another point of view, one cannot but be glad that so many exist in these evil times ready to sacrifice all worldly good for conscience sake.  They talked also of P . . .  which there seems an endeavour to check at Oxford, if it cannot make its stand in the University.  I for one hope that the cause is lost, and that the great schism with which the Church of England is threatened may be avoided.  Now for farm news.  The foal is born and proves an ugly cart horse.  So much for fine expectations in that line.  The calf we most valued is dead.  The arable land at least the B. . .  is in a very uncompromising state.  Poor James is again laid up with his leg.  In short the bulletin from home is anything but satisfactory.  However the rain seems to be over and that will help us in every way it is to be hoped.  You cannot think how Mr Darwin admired Mary's sketches or how much he admires the pretty sketcher herself.  He thinks her quite beautiful.  Your father wishes to write you a few lines so I have left him a piece of my letter.  We are very sorry not to see Mr Garth on the 24th.  If the weather be fine we shall have a pleasant party at Sir Williams.  We are going to town on Friday to stay a few days, so will you direct your next journal to me at James Booth Esq, Hyde Park Square, London.  I will write to you from there and tell you all the wonders I see in the Great City.
Fairwell my beloved boy.  Ever your most loving Mother.

My dear Martin
I am highly gratified by the distinction you have obtained in being placed in the Saying Class and I flatter myself that all these little triumphs are but earnest of the success that will  . . .  attend you through life.  I shall be glad to hear more about Mr  . . .  [Schimitedt's?] friend at  . . .  [Bingen?] and I suppose it will be time enough to decide on the matter when you are here on the 24th next month.  I fell in with Mr Clutterbuck about two days ago, no it was yesterday week after church and I thought he talked less confidently about getting you entered at Exeter College, how difficult it was, how great a favour of the Principle and so forth.  However he is to be at Oxford on 1st June and I sent him Corkesley's last note to me, together with the examination paper to show to the Principle from which I hope he will comprehend that it is not for an idle blockhead that we seek admittance.  Merton however for choice.  Has Mr Corkesley seen his Oxford friends yet? And what say he?
Ever most affectionately yours 
We shall be delighted to see Frank  . . .  Garth.

George is probably a reference to young boy who seems to have been a family relation living with Ann and Arthur at Eastbury.  The list of the contents of Eastbury compiled in 1849 lists one of the rooms as being Mr George's Room (4229/1/1/4 Stafford Record Office).  George may have been George Cuthbert Marsh who was the son of George Marsh and his wife Josina Arendina Marsh.  George Marsh died around 1862 and at this date his son George Cuthbert Marsh is noted as being older than 21 years (4229/1/5/1 Stafford  Record Office).



Letter from Arthur Marsh to his son Martin Marsh.  The letter reads as follows:

E. . . 
20 June 1843
My dear Martin
I enclose a few lines for the Warden of Merton, which you will enclose or not in your letter to him, at your discretion; but it strikes both your Mother and me that I should at least convey to him some expression of my desire that you should be admitted at his College.  Write me a line to say what you think on this subject and also to say for what day I must write for leave from Dr Hawtrey for you and Greenwood to come home.  I expect your Mother with Fanny and Mary on Wednesday Evening next.
Ever most affectionately yours

These showers of yesterday and today although light are doing us much good here.  I have mown about 18 acres but shall now wait in hope of  . . .  crop.



Letter from Arthur Marsh to his son Martin Marsh.  The letter reads as follows:

Monday 20 June 1843
My dear Martin
I enclose a Post Office order for £5.  James expected your timeous arrival at Drayton last night.  You will let me hear in due time all about B. . .  [Bingea?].
Ever most affectionately 
Arthur Marsh



Letter from Arthur Marsh to his son Martin Marsh.  It would appear that Martin is on a holiday in Prussia and is learning to speak German.  The letter and envelope are all one piece and it is addressed as follows:

Mr Martin Marsh
Am Hezz Doll's
St Goar

The letter reads as follows:

London Thursday 7 Sept 1843
My dear Martin
Your letter leaves us in considerable uncertainty as to the state of your funds when you reached St Goar after your tour by Frankfurt  . . .  so I must make the best calculation by estimate that I can and then remit you what will appear ample funds to settle with Herr Doll and bring you home.  I have therefore paid into the House of Rothschild & Co £25 which you will receive on application at de Rothchild & Co at Frankfurt on the 13th or any day after  . . .  the Rothschilds here do not write to Frankfurt until tomorrow.  You will ask for £25 in £20 and £5 seeing that I paid in the latter sum today thinking that the former which I deposited yesterday might be hardly enough, so that they may possibly give the credit with their letter  . . .  in the 2 sums.  You will have been about 5 weeks  . . .    . . .  when this reaches you which  . . .    . . .    . . .    . . .   will take £15.  But supposing that you have still a considerable part of the  . . .  £20 left.  Hope you will reach home with a purse tolerably well stocked.  Do not my dear boy lay out anything in presents for your mother, or sisters or me; the  . . .    . . .  , making money the most acceptable article you can bring.  Set out on your return as soon as you conveniently can after you get this.  Do not hurry yourself nor even fatigue yourself but get a good bed and a good nights rest if you can every night.  If you like to vary your route by  . . .  at B . . .  Antwerp,  . . .  When you arrive in London, either stop at York Gate or come home according to the time of day you are over.   . . .    . . .    . . .    . . .  simply that you have in your pocket  . . .    . . .    . . .  address both in England and St Goar and written both in English and German.  Your  . . .  fit at Frankfurt has made us all a little uneasy.  I fear I have written a stiff business sort of letter   . . .    . . .    . . .  for time and cannot say all I wish, however I must add that I hope that you have derived both pleasure and  . . .  from your sojourn at St Goar and you know with what heart felt joy and delight we all shall see you again at Eastborough.  God bless you my dear boy.
I am ever most affectionately
We hope to see you on the 20th at latest.



Letter from Arthur Marsh to his son Martin Marsh.  The letter reads as follows:

11 October 1843
My dear Martin
You will suppose I was a little anxious to hear of your fortunes, which I first did on Monday from Lady Gifford who had read the account in the newspaper.  I own that when the word second prize were p. . .ed I felt very much as if a wet blanket had been thrown over me.  You must have been very weak in French me thinks and have lost a good deal of ground in that tongue; for if I remember right you were away the first six at the examination before the holidays.  However to be the first German scholar of the lot, is something, for it is out and out a more difficult language than French.  Now I wish you would lay aside the Moderns, or take them up only as a recreation, and devote yourself to the regular business of School.  I hope that Mr Corkesley still thinks you worthy of being started for the Newcastle, and although I do not at all expect you to  . . .  that, I am very anxious that you should be well placed.  It would be so strong a recommendation of you at Merton.  Your Mother is still at Melford and I mean to go there myself either Friday or Saturday and hope to have her at home again the beginning of next week.  Good bless you.
Ever most affectionately yours
Arthur Marsh
Pray make my best compliments to Mr Corkesley.



Letter from Pozy to Martin Marsh.  Pozy appears to be one of Martin's sisters, possibly Rosamond.  This letter was not tied up with string but was in an envelope and was separate from the other letters.  The envelope is addressed to Martin at Eton and has postmarks of Brighton 14 November and Windsor 15 November 1843.  The letter reads as follows:

Lewes  . . . 
Have you thought me neglectful ungracious unkind etc for not having answered your letter.  I never got it between this and Brook if it was lost.  You will be surprised dearest boy to find me still here but one thing and another has made me stay but I have not written to you have I since I have been staying with Tho Lyons but of course you have heard from headquarters of my being here.  They sent me your Journal letter of the Sunday before last so I have not been quite in the dark as to your proceedings.  I have been enjoying myself here very much.  I have made great friends with Emilia Lyon. One of those you met at Col G . . .   [Giradeaus] amusing she over heard you entreating Fanny to give you topics to talk about and the delight you evinced when Fanny after long search remembered the approaching Richmond ball.  Mr Lyon is here.  I like him very much.  He is so nice to his mother and sisters.  At first we were like two  . . .  together but we are getting more genial I fancy.   . . .  how American you mistook when you fancied  . . .  fine, not but that I discover they have rather high notions of their family which is certainly very old and good as they can trace  . . .  to Robert Bruce but what cannot scotch families do.  In that way they would make nothing of tracing again a  . . .    . . .   to Adam, but they are well connected besides.  I think I leave this letter Thursday to Friday.  I shall then stay at York Gate till the 23rd when I go to brook  . . .  till the end of the month and then go to the dear place with Emy.  I am so glad dear boy for your sake you are going to  . . .  but you must excuse my feeling very delighted.  I like this place as much as I did at first and this end of the town better than the other.  Eleanor and Mary Lyon are staying with their cousins the L . . .   [Lewards?].  There are some Lewards at Eton  . . .    Do you know a  . . .  or  . . .  a jacket boy he said he knew you.  He is staying here for his health.  I have not been out once here in the evening.  I mean so I have no events to tell you of.  I heard the other day from Louisa who is now staying with the B . . .   [Barnadestons?].  She seems to be enjoying herself very much but I don't imagine we shall see her again this year.  I can't hear anything of  . . .  so please be so good as give me your second hand information about him.  All the Eastburianes seem to be keeping too flight even George.  I wish I could send you an entertaining letter but il ny apas de g . . .   to make one how exiting the breakfast seems to have been.  I hope you are not working yourself to fiddle  . . .    You seem really as if you were going to become in a short time a living elegant extracts.  Pray present my most affectionate complements to Mr Frank Holland.  I hope he is in a robust state of health.  Tell him I aided in the connections of his two French letters sent to Brighton.  I should have written a small paragraph of German but there is no dictionary hence please send me word how bad my German was.  I have nothing more to tell you though I could go on in insane writing but as I do not wish you to become anxious as to the state of my intellect I cease.  Ever dearest of all brothers yours affectionately Pozy.
I think I will make you conceited so will tell you there's nothing like you under the sun except 
  . . .    . . .    . . .    . . .  ?
Have mercy and if you can write soon soon soon.

11 York Gate, Regent's Park, London, was owned by Arthur Marsh's half sister Georgiana Nelson Marsh (1800-1861) and appears to have been used very much as a town house by all the family.  It was purchased in 1840 and sold on her death in 1861.



Letter from William Corkesley to Arthur Marsh.  The date is difficult to read and appears incorrectly to be January 7.  The letter is filed between 11 October 1843 and 17 December 1843.  The following letter from Arthur, dated 17 December, seems to make a reference to Corkesley's letter  being received only a day or so earlier so it was presumably sent mid December 1843.  The letter reads as follows:

Eton College
My dear Sir
I have very great pleasure in telling you that your son has done his examination papers for his private business remarkably well.  He has got the prize the numbers being

                          S. . .y P. . .th      Total


1.Marsh             80   428   374   882

2. Woodbridge  80   410    283   773

3.Jones             50    420    300   770

4. Walker         40    388    270    698

He always gives me satisfaction.  His fault is that he thinks things are easier than they are, and so does not do as well as he might from want of  . . .   This is particulary the case with his German.
Believe me my dear Sir.
Yours very truly 
W G Corkesley



Letter from Arthur Marsh to his son Martin Marsh.  The letter reads as follows:

Sunday 17 December 1843
My dear Martin
If you are as anxious to know the result of your examination as your Mother and I were you will be glad to see the enclosed.  I congratulate you my dear Boy on your success and begin to feel assured that whenever you take pains towards the attainment of any object, you will not greatly fail.  You are favoured in your weather and I hope you are amusing yourself; if you hunted yesterday and had a tolerable run you must have been delighted.  I am writing in the dark and make a bad substitute for your Mother as a correspondent; but she is lying down with one of her annoying pains in the back and cannot write; so rather than delay the sending of the examination paper another day, I have taken the pen in hand.  All  . . .    . . .    . . .    . . . 
Ever most affectionately yours
Walter wants to know when Master Martin will come home for he promised him not to  . . .  the Bacon for Rats until he comes back.
Adelaide asks whether I have told you that the dear Dog is well.

William Gifford Corkesley (1802-1880) was educated at Eton and King's College Cambridge.  He was the Assistant master at Eton.  Edward Craven Hawtrey (1789-1862) was educated at Eton and King's College Cambridge.  He was  Provost of Eton.



Letter from Arthur Marsh to his son Martin Marsh.  The letter reads as follows:

M Club
23 November 1843 (or 1842?)
My dear Martin
Your Mother tells me that she thinks you may be in want of a little money so I enclose a Post Office order for £5 on Windsor.  I shall look out for you and Frank on the 6th
Keeping your walk a profound secret.
Ever most affectionately yours
Arthur Marsh.


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