Item FC 3213 L55 020.033 - 1851 (Feb) from William Buckley to Smithurst

Transcript 1851 Feb 27 - Letter from Buckley

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1851 (Feb) from William Buckley to Smithurst

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FC 3213 L55 020.033

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  • February 27, 1851 (Creation)

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One sheet of paper and one addressed envelope. Postal marks say "Wirksworth," "G.S.," and "More to Pay" (postage stamp removed). Black wax seal, design has a rounded border surrounding a possible lower leg and tail of an animal.

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The Reverend William Buckley was Rector of All Saints Church in Middleton, England for 39 years. He is remembered for having the church and rectory restored with stained glass windows created by the famous William Morris, a friend.

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Place: Middleton [Derbyshire, England]

From: William Buckley

To: Rev’d J. Smithurst, Church Mission House, Salisbury Square, Fleet Street, London

Delivery: Forwarded by the Christian Missionary Society to Red River Settlement via Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship and canoe brigade, and then by courier to the Indian Settlement at Netley Creek

Details: 4pp + addressed envelope with postal marks (stamp removed)

Notes: William Buckley writes from England to his friend, Reverend Smithurst. Buckley mentions that cholera has killed thousands in Jamaica. He gives a detailed account of the death of his brother Francis, who died the previous November after several months of illness. William Buckley is admiring of the deep faith in God and heaven which his brother maintained. He then gives news of people they both know. He mentions Mr. Wass, Mr. Hubbersty, Mr. John Wathy, and Rev. Smithurst’s brother George and his troubles. Buckley then complains about the “radical party headed by Messrs Everett, Dunn & Griffith, assisted by the Editor of the socalled Wesleyan Times.” He blames these radicals for spreading discord, as eight local preachers have joined these “Agitators.” He mentions Mr. Greville, Mr. Jones, Mr. Barker, Mr. Harward Senior, and Mr. Frederic Harward. Mr. Alfred Alsop plans on having a business at the Viagellia [Via Gellia] Works in Bonsall. William Buckley mentions that Mr. Mason speaks highly of the new Bishop of Rupert’s Land [David Anderson]. “Mr. Mason” is presumably Reverend William Mason. Buckley mentions there is political dissatisfaction with Lord John Russell’s handling of the Pope’s proposed papal hierarchy. There is excitement for the “Exhibition of the works of arts of all nations at London” and Buckley expects the census next year to be a great deal of work for the Registrars.

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The envelope is in poor condition: stained and torn. The letter is torn along the lower crease about a third of the way through the page.

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Bruce Peel Special Collections is part of the University of Alberta Libraries.

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