Memories of ...
Gertrude Bell's Grandfather
Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell F.R.S.
( 1816 - 1904 )
Builder of Washington New Hall, later known as Dame Margaret's Hall,
and co-founder of the Washington Chemical Company.
[ This portrait by Frank Bramley is in the National Railway Museum, York. ]
Letter written by Sir Isaac, 13th May 1862
Written in 1862, when working class families needed every penny to support themselves.
You'll be amazed at some of the content!
[ The above image of Sir Isaac's original letter was contributed courtesy of its current owner, Keith Cockerill. ]
Transcript of Sir Isaac's Letter
- The Hall
- County of Durham
- 13 May 1862
- My dear Trevor,
- I had so much to write yesterday
- that I overlooked your letter of 8th.
- The requisition was duly signed.
- The decision you give of W *Balley*
- appears to me fair as far as it
- goes but Alfred Bell mentioned an
- addendum which ultimately
- may considerably modify *scribble?* its
- practical working i.e that no
- one can sell a share to avoid a
- call actually made but that
- in the absence of any such call
- then any one can sell and so dis-
- solve any liability between himself
- and the company - hence unless the
- transfer by W Jackson is *irregular*
- from having been done by himself
- all the gentlemen whose *responsibil-
- ities* he has assumed have escaped.
- I am obliged for your offer of
- hospitality but it will probably
- suit my other movements better
- to remain at Clarence's or Mr
- Mauly. I cannot say which yet.
- I shall be glad to hear from you
- *respecting* the £16,000 of Bonds.
- By the way W Jackson is much
- disappointed after something *name*
- heard from you that there is any
- doubt or difficulty attending
- meeting the £10,000 of Bills.
- Yours Faith I. Lowthian Bell
[ Please note: Keith and I found this letter difficult to transcribe so this transcription may contain some errors! ]