A familiar story

Its been yet another week mainly dedicated to trying to find more funding. But nonetheless, these documents never dissapoint and we have some very intriguing correspondence to claim the prize of star letters this week.

The letters in question are between Lord Penrhyn and Barclays Bank, written in 1902, at the height of the Great Strike. It’s always been assumed (by me anyway!) that Lord Penrhyn could ride out the strike because he could afford to, so it was quite a surprise to find that in fact, he had a whopping £20k overdraft at the time! What intrigued me further was the tone of his letter of apology to them: “my thanks for the consideration shown by your firm in not troubling me concerning my overdraft which I know must be very heavy (?), but I hope the coming year will see the quarry trouble at an end and all things put straight.” The sentiment behind this must resonante with so many business owners at the moment – the feeling that things will improve financially once the current storm is blown over.

There have been lots more of the children’s letters too, and I’m starting to get a real feel for the personalities of these young people. Katie in particular must be somewhat of a favourite of her fathers, as her letters make up the bulk of the collection. She comes across as being very spirited and fun; lots of wry jokes about them not misbehaving.

Other than that, here’s a list of the other documents I’ve been looking at recently:

57.15   Letter from E.C.C relating to the naming of a horse, a foal by Quasitum.

 

24 Sept 1898

 

 
57.16   General Statement of the Lime Kiln Concern for the year 1822

 

1 January 1823

 

 
57.17   Quarry Accounts

 

1813  
57.18   Copy of the opinion of the Solicitor General on the case of G.H.D pennant Vs Messrs Worthington

 

17 August 1817

 

 
57.19   Letter detailing how to find the various keys required to open the strong room.

 

2 March 1896

 

 
57.20   Envelope containing correspondence between Lord Penrhyn and Barclays Bank regarding his overdraft.

 

October/November 1902

 

At the times of writing, Lord Penrhyn’s overdrafts stood at £19.444..17/- and £20.515..11.10 and he writes “..my thanks for the consideration shown by your firm in not troubling me concerning my overdraft which I know must be very heavy (?), but I hope the coming year will see the quarry trouble at an end and all things put straight.”

 

57.21   Letter to Lord Penrhyn from his son (Edward Sholto?) regarding race horses. 2 January 1907 Letter details the pedigrees of the horses ‘La Petite Dame’ and ‘Veles’.
57.22   List of horses at the Penrhyn Castle Stud 1891  
57.23   Draft of a letter from Lord Penrhyn to E.C. Clayton regarding the role and authority of the starter (racing) and the use of starting machines. 4 June 1899  
57.24   Section of a printed ‘Tattersalls’ Horse Sale Catalog listing Grafton Hunt horses for sale by Lord Penrhyn. c. May 1891 The names of the horses each have figures (prices achieved?) written next to them.
57.25   Assorted lists of pedigrees of various horses.

 

c.1906  
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