School for Witham, Lincolnshire - the 1860 Appeal
- To access the
source of this page, click on the image of the
Manners family seal adjacent.
The following image was generously
provided by Susan Tollemache and her
brother, Peter Tollemache. Susan
writes: "In 1860, the Reverend Ralph
W. L. Tollemache-Tollmache M.A. J.P, Rector
of South Witham, near Grantham in Lincolnshire, sent out
a printed form requesting a
contribution of 1/- to finance the building of a school
in the parish."
- "The Appeal is
touching - but a "Rector" ought
to be able to build his own
- "If the applicant
had been a Curate or Vicar he should have
had a whole shilling or more."
- X Learn worldly wisdom &
write Incumbent. X
Hon'ble. G. M. Littleton -)
|There were, of course, many
complimentary replies from those wishing they
could do more than just enclose their donations.
This particular letter (seal and watermark shown
below) came in "late" and was addressed
from the Foreign Office, dated December 31st
1860. Graset - alas poor Grasett - is currently
happy to inclose the shilling you wish
for. Excuse this delay, for I am just returned
from my wedding-trip abroad, & find myself
much worn with domestic cares, & so regret
having so long overlooked yr. necessities. I
suppose Grasett is now at his sister's at
Brighton. He seems in good spirits - tho' his
prospects are unhappily so little removed from
nil. My wife begs to add her shilling. You write
for me to "return all inclosures"
- I believe there was only the one, I return,
after searching my pocketbook, and "a penny
stamp" - which I also add.
- Believe me
- vy. truly yrs.
Foreign Office S.W. Dec. 31/60.
- A happy new year to you
& yr. family.
- Don't trouble yrself to
answer this if inconvenient