CAPTAIN RICHARD RAWES OF BROMLEY

Transcript of letter dated 2nd July 1829 from Captain Richard Rawes of Bromley, Kent, to his cousin, the Reverend John Hodgson (the Historian of Northumberland) of Whelpington, Northumberland. (The original was published in the Memoires of the Rev. John Hodgson by the Rev. James Raine). (Bromley Line to Hodgson Line)
                      Et India House 2nd July 1829

My dear Hodgson,
        I only got the parcel for / Mr Brown on tuesday and delivered it to him / yesterday - he had promised to read over / and attend to your papers but will not decide / any thing finally till the return to town / of his Nephew who is now in the north / & intends making inquiry into the business / at issue between you & his uncle / Mr. B. was very civil and attentive and willing / to hear me on the subject and promis'd / shortly to let me know his intentions / as our interview was not a very long one / and indeed, before he had read your papers / it was almost of no use talking to him / on the subject / could collect little of his / apparent intentions, it appears to me that / he is suspicious if he gives up this ground / other claims may be made on a prior / transaction in which part of the churchyard / was taken from him just after his getting / possession of the Estate and thinks the claims / ought to have been made long before, even / during the time the Gentleman held the property / before Mr. Temple had it-one would think / the Browns have a jealous, that being Strangers was a - of attack on them, and therefore they / will be very cautious in admitting any claims / on the part of the church, altho' they have the next presentation-.

I find also that the present Methodist School / House is theirs, and altho they profess and tell / me they are Church going men, yet they / appear as if they would be backward in / patronizing any other school, from the / fear of giving offence to the majority of their / working people who are Methodists and certainly / have the Browns support and countenance in so / much as they let them the building for the / purpose of education and worship - this may / however be only ideal on my park and altho' they / might not positively patronise yet I think / they would do nothing to prevent the good / work you so much wish to effect they / certainly are honest upright men and I / have the great hopes that when / they (word missing-document torn) considered your proposals / they (word missing - document torn) be willing to conceed all / you (word missing - document torn) they will let me know as soon / as they decide any thing - I just sent / you this to say I had reced the papers more / than as matter of fact for I may have thought / they were - on the subject of the Church / Yard than they really are -

I have delivered all your messages to all the family / who assure me to say how much pleased they are to hear / your little ones have got over their complaints so well and / with me sincerely hope Mrs. H. will soon regain her strength / I am thank you much better, yet in a perpetual worry and / trying indeed to I find it at times to bear up against my / inetrievable loss-every day I feel it more and more, and there are / moments that are dreadful and endeavor by constant talking and / motion to get on in the day but hours of solitude sadly distress / me - but no more on this subject I wish I had not begun it.

You will be glad to hear my mother is pretty well and the palmers / rather better after their great loss. They intend going into the / West shortly - Mary sets off today and intends paying you a / visit during her sojoum in the north-thank you kindly / for my invitation which I shall ever bear in mind and believe / he should have as much pleasure in renewing our Evenings / conversation, as in shooting of which you promise me / abundance - altho' we might differ a little about the / first Chap. of Genesis - remember we should be fairer matchd / at Whelpington as you would have no Dr. Wilson to back / you. With kindest love regards to all your family believe me

My dear Sir
Yours most sincerely

Rd Rawes [Richard Rawes]

(Addressed to revd. John Hodgson, Whelpington, near Newcastle, Northumberland)


Notes:-
At this time Richard Rawes was employed at India House, the headquarters of the Honourable East India Company's Service.

Richard Rawes's loss is, I believe, a reference to the death of his wife Harriet, who died on the 5th December 1828.

Copied by Julian Rawes of Cheltenham.

Transcript of letter dated 28th July 1829 from Captain Richard Rawes of Bromley, Kent, to his cousin, the Reverend John Hodgson (the Historian of Northumberland) of Whelpington, Northumberland. (The original was published in the Memoires of the Rev. John Hodgson by the Rev. James Raine). (Bromley Line to Hodgson Line)
                      Et India House 28 July 1829

My dear Hodgson,
        I waited till yesterday before / I called again on Mr Brown to give time / for his Nephews return from the north / & found that he had only just done so / The Old Gentleman was thinking of sending / for me to declare his intentions on the / subject of the piece of Ground.

        I find him still unwilling to give up the / piece you want, and that for many reasons / he is very sore about the grant of the vestry / just at the eve of Mr. Temples bankruptcy - / & imagine Mr. T. knowing the property was / going out of his hands, gave his consent to / more than he would have done, had he had / any chance of remaining in possession of it- / I can see also that he is afraid if he gives / up the piece he may have other claims made / upon other parts of the Estate-surely you / could satisfy him on this head - & as I rather/ think his Nephews turn him which way they / please you may shortly have an opportunity / of explaining all your wishes to them - for another / is going to join the one already there in the / management of the concern - he says (the old / gentleman) that he shall have no objection / to any thing they are satisfied with, and wishes / you to have communication with them when / they arrive - now althol Mr. B. does not yet / appear willing to give his sanction to making / over the ground to the church yet I think he eventually by quiet means, be persuaded / so to do - & at present he gives me leave to / say that he will grant a lease for any other / spot of ground that may be eligible at a / pepper corn rent for any No. of years, for the / purpose of establishing a School, but he will / not yet promise whether he will give any / aid to its funds or not, it is evidence he / wishes to find who is to be master and how / regulated, before he will pledge his support / or countenance to it - of Mr. Carrs abilities I / am afraid he has a poor opinion and from / your next of kin - I should think the sooner / he decamps with bag and baggage the better, for / his own sake, as well as that of all your flock / You can learn from some person at Jarrow when / the Young Mr. Browns arrive and of course you / will see them - I can hardly suppose you / will meet with a decided / clerical when they / come to be perfectly aquainted with your / views and rights - however write and let me / know (words missing - document torn). I am do any more on the subject / most (word missing-document torn) I am obliged to take my / hollyday next month instead of Septr / so think of going across to Rotterdam / & up the Rhine and to Paris &c. a Country I / have never seen and I am assured the trip will do me good -I shall return in a month / with my Kind love and regards to all your family / believe me Yours most sincerely

Rd Rawes [Richard Rawes]

My mother and all the family are well

(Addressed to: Revd. J. Hodgson Whelpington near Newcastle Northumberland)


Notes:-
At this time Richard Rawes was employed at India House, the headquarters of the Honourable East India Company's Service.

Richard Rawes has recently lost his wife and the letter appears to hint that he is unwell. Richard died on the 1st October 1831. His memorial tablet in Bromley parish church was destroyed when the church was bombed during World War Two.

Copied by Julian Rawes of Cheltenham.