Letters from John Platt

Born: 15-Sep-1817, married Alice Radcliffe on 09-Mar-1842, died: 18-May-1872, father: Henry Platt, mother: Sarah Whitehead Family Tree

  Letter from John Platt to Brother Joseph Platt 18-Jan-1845
Hartford Iron Works
Greenacres Moor near Manchester
January 18th 1845
My dear brother,
I can hardly sufficiently
thank both you and Sarah Ann
for your kind atlas - for you
must be since that envy making
North with intense interest
to what may have to communicate.
I can't fully enter into
- am approaching unknown
to fine ...


  Letter from Jack Platt to brother Joseph 11-Mar 1845
Hartford Iron Works
Greenacres Moor near Manchester
March 11th 1845

My dear brother,
I was rather startled
this morning on receipt of sister's
letter, for I had hoped you
were gradually improving &
that spring would soon cause
you to rally - but I confess
I had no idea you were so
much reduced; let us hope
that God, who can cast down
and raise up at pleasure
when earthly hopes are low
will now dissipate our fears
and once more grant you

comparative health. I had
intended coming to Brighton
about a week before Whit
suntide, but shall make
it convenient at any time
you may think proper.
I am sorry you should put
yourself about respecting garden
or anything else. I shall
take the whole expense for
next month to myself, that
you may not have slightest
anxiety in that respect -
nothing is being done that
can be left undone, and that
you would see if you were
here. I think perhaps George
will do better, since this morning
I told him distinctly what I

thought, and he is shaping better
at finishing, as I have told what
shall be done and what not, and
that I must have it done with
less mess. He is rather stupid
and nothing but plain talk will do
but as he settled here on purpose
and takes great interest in the place
it makes me rather lenient.
I beg you will not write yourself,
as I am sure it will excite
you, and you are very well
aware of what importance
it is to be free from agitation.
I saw Sarah Ann's letter to
Donksley, but he talks like
_ of spring reviving you
which I may pray God it may.
I had the Rev W Davies
with me all night at Werneth
last week, when I engaged him

to propose one as a member of
Hope Chapel at the next meeting.
He discussed matters over till
after 12 o'clock. I have quite
made up my mind and feel
relieved at what I have done,
and I humbly hope it may
stamp my character for ever.
There is a vast deal to contend
with in this world, and it is not
always I am in the hopeful
humour - yet I always look
to the future, when things look
dark, and forget or try to forget
the present - at such times -
for what slight and brittle threads
hang our destiny, and yet nothing
will satisfy me, but onward, onward,
may it be in grace and wisdom
also. I hope that such inspiring
promises of the word of God are
your consolation and strength,
whatever happens he is our friend
and will be when this chequered scene
is over -
yours affectionately Jack Platt


  Letter from John Platt to Mother 5-Jul-1845
Hartford Iron Works
Greenacres Moor near Manchester
February 5th 1845

My dear mother,

We received Sarah Ann's
letter - of this matter _
sorry to hear that Joe has had
another slight attack but hope
he will be over the worse for
its _. Mrs Radcliffe
of Manchester and she told and
she has just seen the children
at school - and that they were
very happy and comfortable,
she also says they were going
to take tea with her - on Saturday
next - This means I thought might
be interesting to you. - I _
the what James _
and therefore scarcely can
tell what to say. - The liver gives
shap is late and easy to
hear. I am not like the ' sell
of night' The weather here has been
dreadful for some time
and no doubt to some extent

it may be whether James but
the place _ not be so can.
but the weather will too
delightful, and that Joe
will reap the benefits accordingly.
Our children are very
well. I am happy to say and
Henry is always talking of his
Uncle Joe. He tells everybody
that uncle is getting better;
I hope Sarah Ann will
be better. You be careful
and not over anxious; you
must of course be writing so
often - as Thomas _
for anything. I have been thinking
it would be much better if you
could get a little assistance
as it must be very tiresome,
so much attention, as well
as detrimental to your health.
Alice with
_ of sympathy to you

and beg you will remember
us kindly to him and although
we don't write perhaps
with kind love to yourself
and Sarah Anne.
your affectionate son
John Platt
P.S. Mrs Hibbert called
yesterday and desires to be
remembered to all of you.


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