4 Jan'y 1845
My Dear Madam.
I have lately been so unwell as to
be unable to attend to Business on accountt of a severe
attack of Influenza being much better I have again resumed
my duties. and in reply to your letter I have sketched
on the other half sheet of this Paper the Arms allowed to
the descendants of Edmund Starkie of Huntroyd whose
Pedigree is only brought down to the Visitations of Lancaster
made in the year 1664. therefore it will be necessary for
your friend to record his Pedigree from that time, the Arms
in the 4th Quartering on the other side is Worseley
and I have no doubt the Arms of the family you are in
search of- I do not find that the Pedigree of Whitaker
has been continued from the Visitation it would be very
desirable to all Old & respectable families ┌that they┐ should
continue the Pedigree from the Visitation as it could
then be shown that many persons of the same Name who
say they are descended from old families are only then of
the present day- With the Compts of the Season to yourself
and family Circle
Yours very sincerely
Geo' Harrisson Bluemantle
PS Please let me have the Pedigree of Nowell as soon as convenient.
His signet seal incorporates the lion rampant from his coat of arms, and the 5 ostrich feathers from his mother's family (Burrow).
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Dark patches in the top right corner of the adressed front seem to indicate a part of a black cancellation mark and that the letter would have carried a penny red postage stamp. The use of postage stamps commenced in 1840.
The letter is grubby on the outside, sustained in transit, but has been stored flattened and folded in half.
The inside is in a clean condition
(Strictly speaking, the storks should be black, but I think digital over manipulation would detract from the image so enough is enough.)
He left the Army in 1792 to concentrate on his dye-manufacturing business, before returning to England in 1805. He rented the land on which the hall was eventually built on a lease of 40 shillings (£2) a year and died at the hall in 1842.
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