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Transcription of half a letter from Cornelia Wingrove (nee Galbreath) to her brother John in 1834. The letter was torn in half, with the other half now missing. We have punctuated the transcription to make it more easily read.

The letter refers to property in America. Cornelia & John's mother Cornelia (nee Stites) was an American and there was a dispute between the two sides of the family regarding the inheritance of her father John Stites. Also their father David Galbreath speculated in and owned various properties in New York State and Ohio -  see his page. The after mentioned property and deeds could refer to either.


Addressed to :-

Mr John .......(Mr John Galbreath)
Phillips ..... (Mr Phillips)
Wine M..... (Wine Merchants)
Black r.... (Black Raven Court)
Seet.... (Seething Lane)
London (If from home need not be forwarded.)

3 JU 1834

........so you see I have had nothing but trouble. But I am well assured the Almighty has seen fit to afflict me for my good to bring me nearer to him. But John you and I are only left out of my ever dear father's family and to think it is four years since I have seen or even heard of you. I always did love you and do sincerely now. I would not have treated you thus, to think you should only travel within a few miles of us and to think you could not come and see us or even write, is that like brother and sister ought to be? I never recollect us ever having words in our lives and it does seem so hard with me but perhaps you never give me a thought. But I trust my dear brother if we are never to see one another in this world that we may meet in heaven where there wil be all love and happiness. It is our intention if please God we are spared, to go to America. There are no .........

........workman .... Sir Giffin Wilson has promised to assist and also our Clergyman. I intend immediately opening a school upon my own account and am promised to have slates and lessons given to me by a friend. So you see through the blessing of God I am not quite cast away although my own relations do not choose to look upon me, not even my own and only brother. But I suppose it was because we could not pay for the Gin but before we leave this you shall be paid. We do not intend taking any furniture with us except our bed and bedding. We are informed that we can go to New York, husband, self and four children can go for 15. That the Captain will not turn us away for the youngest is a year & 1/2, David 5, Tom 12, Mary 7. You remember poor William is no more, oh happy he died, you see the children are young.......

......indeed we did not expect being here till this time but having children to provide for and several things to settle we shall not leave before July. But when I sit and think of you it makes my heart ache. As for my Aunt's ill treatment to me seems like a flea bite and certainly Mrs Fiddes's conduct towards me has been most shameful. I can now see the wonderful hand of the Almighty watching over me. I often wonder I was not a common prostitute, how frequently has Mrs F when she has had company sent me to Homerton and elsewhere to intrude upon friends when she has not considered me not good enough for her company. And how mortified she used to be with you when you have happened to call with your wife and you have told her servant your name for them to know you were connected with........

.........and if you have got the deeds and documents respecting the property in America I shall be glad if you will let me have them. If you do not like to trust me with all let me have my mother's share as that certainly belongs to me, and let there be what there will if I can get it you should have exactly half, and in looking over your letters you sent........

Over written crosswise across letter. The letter was torn in half hence ......

Remember me most kindly ......
children and self in which Willi.....
believe me ever to remain ......
Your truly a.....
Cornelia Win.....
PS Let me hear from you.....
you do not consider me w.....

writing to......


Kind acknowledgments to Kay Clarke for providing me with this letter.


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