November 28th, 1894
The Glentworth Hotel, Limerick, Ireland
My Beloved Angee,
I reached this town last night about 9 after 5 hours weary travelling in a mixed train i.e. goods and passengers – The bumping and shaking made every bone in my body ache so that I am not feeling very bright this morning – it is damp and foggy too which has not improved matters. Your dear letter was a comfort to me on arrival last night. This is a very nice hotel and I have a splendid bedroom and intend occupying it for two nights – our business here is a worse wreck than I have seen anywhere – on my last visit I had a really good journey in this part. Have only been able to see a little cake this morning and it looks as if my sales for biscuits would be very small, but I must try again after dinner.
Most of the grocers remember my former visit and three of them I have seen this morning are very bright for the Lord among the Wesleyans – they were telling me about Mr Williams the Evangelist and the treatment he had in this town for a week or two - one night the mob had him on the ground and were kicking the poor fellow and but for the police would no doubt soon have killed him – no hotel or boarding house would lodge him because the mob was so incensed against the preacher – my customers were saying that he seemed not to regard his life – how it tells of the fearful hatred of the R.C. Priests to the truth – it is they who incite the people.
You have my full approval to do whatever seems good to you with regard to the dear children at Bristol so make your own arrangements.
No letter from you today but that is my fault for forgetting to post your letter at Athlone on Monday morning – I shall want another night's rest before I recover the shaking of yesterday – it is about 80 miles from Galway to this place.
After writing yesterday I took the train down about a mile and a half to the sea – it was simply lovely – could almost think I was at Marazion or Penzance – the bay is very fine and the bold headlands on either side of it. Walked about for nearly an hour and then returned to the hotel and had a splendid dinner from one of the best boiled legs of mutton I ever tasted – it was well that I had it too with the journey that lay before me. Tell Margaret I am much obliged for her letter. Glad also to hear Emma is better. God Bless you all and with much love to your dear and all the household believe me my beloved Angee.
Your very affectionate Husband
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