Wednesday, March 28, 2012

1 Coat vest & trousers £3 5s

Among the letters is included an invoice from W.B. Oliver, Tailor and Draper, Ladies’ Habits and Jackets Made to Order, Trinity Buildings, Llandudno addressed to a Mr. S. Bevan for 1 Coat vest & trousers £3 5s.  The bill was settled the same day.

Swansea 2 Augst 1879

Dear George,

You will be surprised to find your Father & I are payeing our long promised visit to Mr Roberts we came in on thusesday and are going home today I shall not send you a Post Office Ordar to day I think you better ask the Tailor what he will charge for your best suit & a strong trousers cloth is much cheaper than it was a little wile ago but if I buy it here W. Hirey may spoil it & the expense of sending it away you had better have them at Llandudno.  M. Davies charged £2 16s for your last suit.  Saunders passed his examination first division his Mother & Father are very please about it.  Robert is in London.

With kind love from your affectionate Father & Mother

Frank is quite well & is coming home this eveing if Mr Jenkins Can spare him.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Too cold to cut the corn

July and just when George thought he was forgotten he receives letters from Jane and Elizzie.

Sunday Evening

My dear Brother

We are all most by ourselves to day.  Sill went into Swansea yesterday afternoon to go to Neath Fair with the cold and to day George Bevan and Robert is gone with Father & Mother to meet the 3 oclock train at Killay.  They are going to stay until Saturday at Mr Roberts they intended going yesterday but had not finished a bout the hay.  We have all in but one load it came on to rain or we should have finished. 

Mr. John Hughes of Newton was married yesterday to Miss Bevan of Pitton the youngest daughter of his Cousin. I suppose it was rather a grand turn out old Mrs Hughes has been living at Long Ash near the Mumbles for some time with David. They keep a pony and a cow they have a splendid house and garden like a gentlemans.  The school that is tomorrow at Porteynon they expect a large gathering.  The parents of most of the Children are invited Sill & Eliza so if all is well I shall be by myself to morrow night. 

I am a little better but far from well now.  Mother will write in a few days.  Eliza Bevan is going home on Saturday.  Aunt Harriet of Porteynon is not very well all besides enjoy good health hopying you enjoy the same

                   I am
                             Your aff. Sister

                                      Jane Bevan

Monday evening

Dear Brother

I suppose you think we have forgotten you.  I daresay we are not gifted with such long memories as you Llandudno people.  For you have been thinking of us very often this last month or so.  We have been very busy lately therefore you must excuse us.  

Hannah & Georgie were very disappointed last Wednesday.  The weather was stormy father was afraid to venture so far as Swansea so they all had to stay home.  Sil took the colt but missed to sell it horses were very cheap and he brought it home again.  He is going to Swansea tomorrow with the wool.  We have had new potatoes this long time we sent some to Swansea on Saturday but I dont know what they were sold for.

We have not begun to cut hay yet.  It is so cold that I dont know when the corn will be ripe.  We have no gooseberries now so I think you had better wait until the apples come before you send home your parcel.

We are all quite well and hoping you are the same

I remain
          Your affecte Sister
                   E. Bevan

P.S. I could not send the letter for want of a stamp.  There was none to be bought in Port Eynon.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Sea Serpent spotted in Bristol Channel?

July 12th 1879

Dear Brother,

You seems to have a very bad season in Llandudno and no doubt you will have many black looks but take care you do not get a black pair of peepers, when you are round with your bills.

It is very bad times on the farmers everything is so low.  I brought home Brights two year old colt from Swansea fair only being bid 20£ when two year's ago we had 30£ for just the same sort of beast.

I was in with the wool last Wednesday to Mr. Rock.  Charles Bevan put one of their horses with Jolly in Capt Stevens brake and we took our wool together which realized for sheeps 10d per lb and lambs 8d much lower than it have been for a great many years.

We began to cut hay yesterday but it is raining hard now we have but very few fine days there are very good crops of hay but slight crops of corn and a very late harvest.  We began to thin a few white turnips to day some of the late farmers have scarcely finished sowing yet we have finished a good while.

Cousin Elizabeth and Edith, from Swansea are down for a visit for a fortnight at our house.

The young draper likes his business pretty well.  We are all quite well and I hope you are the same.

I conclude with kindest love

I remain
              Your affect. Bro.
                                 Silvanus Bevan

P.S. Remember me to Florey - Do you believe in the Sea Serpent seen in the Bristol Channel.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Trade is dull in Swansea

Overton June 23

Dear George

We got your letter this morning & Ellen purposed writing to you to night but she has failed to do so & is gone to bed.  We are glad to hear that you are keeping well. 

Your Father has got pain in his feet and was able to walk to Church in the morning & Chaple in the eveing at Porteynon yesterday which is pretty well for him.  Jane is very Poorly she has caught cold & got bad pain in her head & Ears. 

I am obliged to milk the Cows & Elizz & Hannah had had a wet eveing to milk the Ewes they have not had a dry morning or eveing since they commenced I know they are quite tired of it.  

Sill & the boy & Tom Ace have been at Moors sowing Sweeds to day so we have plenty of work to do. 

Trade is very very dull in Swansea & everything very cheap Butter is only 10d per lb Mr. Rocke call’d this afternoon to see the Wool he has offered 10d per lb for it.  I suppose we shall not get any more for it so try & take care off your clothes & make them last as long as you can if any of them want mending you must send them home.  I have Franks home every fortnights.

We have very few Goosberrys or Apples this season it has been so cold & wet your Father tried the new Potatoes for dinner today they were very good. 

We were surprised to hear your Uncle had been to France.  I hope his he’th is quite restored how is Florrie.  I saw your Aunt Jane yesterday.  She has been to Cardiff spending a week with Rowland he is quite well. 

Your Father is thinking to go to Swansea the wool fair day he has promised to take Robert & John Overton & George is to drive the trap they are all quite pleased about it I can tell you. 

Dear George it is getting late & I must conclude with the kindest love & may God bless and keep you from every Evil

From your affect. Mother