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Four candles? Four sets of fire irons…

Posted Friday, 30th January 2015

We often find unusual correspondence in The Angus and the example below is no exception: a witty letter of complaint by the poet, Thomas Moore. Whilst researching the Revd Dr Joseph Angus’ autograph and letter collection, one of our volunteers, Tim Gao, alerted us to the amusing letter and has kindly provided a transcript:

I have [delayed] till the last moment troubling you with a commission, which is of much importance to us, – the waggon that brought our furniture left behind (or at least did not leave here) a Box of Candles, and four sets of fire-irons which were wrapped up in the Hall Oil Cloth – These two packages have never come, & what I want of you is to go tomorrow to the Axe Inn & make strict enquiries about these said articles – I know you will be ready to do any thing towards my illumination, and certainly the loss of our best Candles is the most gloomy privation that could happen us – The worst of it is these packages, like many of the rest, were not directed, but you must make them have a strict search made through the storerooms – the Candles were in the usual signed Box of Tallow-Chandlers – Tomorrow, if you please.

Thomas Moore


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