Letter from Tom Fennell to his sister Hitty, 30th December 1848
To Miss H. Fennell
Postmark Dec 30 1848
company amid all my forgetfulness of Him; He never forgets me at night; at day he is with me; He upholds me, and He will comfort me then let me heart with joy superior to that of mature wildest revellers, give thanks to God my maker and my King. But you are weary of this scrawl, then I will [call] a truce to this wandering being imagination and no more trouble you with these my thoughts, this mingling of joy and gladness and once more shut them close within my heart, oft to break further silent walks and solitary rides.
I cannot, dear sister, answer your last for I neglected to bring it down the country with me and my desk has not yet arrived, but I must thank you for your kind offer of a [unreadable] and will [ensure] that you shall not find your kindness misplaced. I received a kind letter from Mr. Cresswell for which be so good as thank him and tell him I will write when I have time. The silence of Amy and Polly very much surprises me. I have not had a word from either of them yet; request them to write if I have not affected them. Richard and all the family (Himself, 4 children, Louisa, her father and mother, and also her uncle) all are on the road to join me, they came down with the teams. I am quite alone except [for] my stock keeper. I have received the greatest kindness from everyone in this part and met with many estimable characters, particularly amongst the matrons; the society in this part is equal to that in England. My landlord Mr Brooks is a most kind and Christian character; he is a good man; I have received the greatest kindness from him and make his house my home when I go into Newcastle. I often dine with him after church on Sunday and learn much from his good discourse. I am short of time just now, but have much to write about, but trust that I may have many more opportunities of addressing you. Remember me to my dearest mother; tell her how often I think of her and how glad I shall be to see her again; to Aunt Mary remember me and also to all who have any regard for or remembrances of me, both rich and poor. If time permitted I should have written a longer letter to you for I have much to say, but will soon write again; in the meantime I commit you to the care of God, trusting you will enjoy health and happiness.
Your affectionate brother
N. Thos Fennell
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