Family letters are abuzz as George comes to the end of his apprenticeship and Sill wants him to read the marriage advertisements.
May 4th 1880
I received your letter duly but cannot comply with your request as I never attempted anything of the sort, and do not know what form you would require it in, please send me a copy of yours and then I shall see, and may try at some future one, such a plan has been proposed in Horton Sunday School, for some of the big scholars to prepare papers on the lessons, but I do not think it ever will be practised.
Pitton tea meeting will be held on Thursday next & some two or three of us are thinking to go, if all is well. I expect to spend the Whit Sunday & Monday in Swansea with Jane to rest a bit after working so hard sowing barley etc. The crops are looking very promising about here & the dry fine weather, with yesterdays rain has done not a little to cheer the drooping hearts of the Gowerian Farmers. Uncle George has had a misfortune, in losing one of his horses (Boxer) on Saturday night, they have one young one 3 years old, besides old Pedlar he is very feeble & I think Uncle is going to Swansea fair on Saturday to buy another.
Our Lyster & Bright are in foal this year, & Boxer is very quiet in saddle, harness being free from vice. We are well in advance with out work.
I shall like to know whether you & Uncle have made any arrangements, and from what date you receive wages and the amount.
Father and Mother are gone up to Castle this afternoon, as the school board meets at Oxwich this evening & Father is an Hon: Member,
Hoping you & all are quite well again, with kindest love
Your loving Brother
P.S. Don’t forget to look over the marriage advertisements in the Camb after the sixth time of asking
N.G. The letters you send to me that you don’t wish Father to see please address to _ _ Jun without which of coarse I cannot open them.