From Rags to Riches.

I’ve just finished Box 47, and it was pretty much full of correspondence.

The first box file was full of begging letters, and in many ways it was probably a good thing I didn’t have time to go through them all, or they may have been tears.

The last box file was full of correspondence from some of Penrhyn’s glitterati friends including the Duke of Richmond, Lord Salisbury, Lords Cawdor, Stanley and Londonderry and Charles Wigley Wicksted of Shakenhurst. What a contrast between the writers of those first letters in this box.

There have been some interesting twists and turns in box 47 , including Lord Penrhyn’s poetry (published yesterday) and the letters of Col Wynne-Finch of Voelas who provides some highly amusing descriptions of county council/police joint committe meetings in the area. One of my favourites mentioned the 5th Marquis of Anglesey dancing in Jewels and tights in Pwllheli. As posted on twitter, I would have loved to have seen that given the Marquis’ extravagant style!

Here’s an example of a letter from Wynne-Finch. Had to tear myself away from reading too many of them though – so hard as they provide such an interesting insight into conunty government at the end of the 19th century, as well as painting a vivid image of the landed elite and their changing role in the region at the time.


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