John & Elizabeth Haddon’s Letters


15th of 8th mo. 1713 12th of 6 mo. 1714 7mo. 17th 1714
23d of 2d mo 1715 27 of 12 mo, 1716 7th mo. 5th 1717
8th of 3rd mo. 1718 9th of 4th mo. 1718 5th of 5th mo. 1718
4th of 11th mo. 1719

London ye 15th of 8th mo. 1713

Most Dear Children
After Salutation of our Indeared affection, this Comes to Salut you in the Erning Bowells of affectionat and inexhaustable Love, and hope youl Receive these Lines in the Enjoyment of that great mercy of health, which to heare will alwayes be Confortable to us, through the Lords mercy wee are pretty well in health though nott without our Exercises in the Effects of old age.
Wee wrote you by Thomas Emblin in the Petter Crow, an account that wee Cannott Come to you to Enjoy your Company, nor the other felicities wee Promised our Selves, but however wee are Resighned to the will of God and hope you are also, Especially Considering your Sorrow will be alas one in Enjoying what Provisions were made for us, we Recd yours of 30th of 4th month by way of York, and our hearts were made Right Glad to heare of your healths, and our Desieres are to the Lord for the Continuance of the Same in you, and Seeing Corresponding is all the Lord Permits Between us, I hope as Long as that is Permitted us noe opportunity will be omitted by Either Side.
Now Dear Children you Know how we have Straitened our Selves in Drawing our Effects to that Side, wee Desire you to Sell Land to make your Selves Easy, and furnish your Selves with Such things as you want, for wee now Grow old, and must take Care to goe through that Little Space wee have to Stay heare honourably & Comfortable, the house and the orchard and Whatsoever you Desire is yours, and hope you will be made Comfortable, as to the threats about Richard Mathewes his Land it Cannot be Sould to Staceyes widdow, but as I wrote you I Believe the Deed I Sent you being the originall Deed, and in Said Mathewes his Keeping, the Widdow haveing noe Deed did get one of Said Methewes for her husbands Part, you may Depend on it he never Sould it to none but my Selfe
as to the maid, Sibill Grimes I hope you have settled that matter Right, the Ships husband Mathias Jones telles once he Recd a letter from the Capt Dated the 20th of 5th mo, wherein he Sayes has delivered all his Passengers Right, I did nott send you the Receipt by Reason the Ship and Capt was gone down, as well as the passengers, and I did nott think fitt to send it Down with her, you might be well assured I would nott send you a servant and nott Pay the Passage.
Your Brother & Sister1 and Children are well, and unckle Thomas,2 theire Loves are to you, Mary3 hath been with us ever Since the Day of your Departure from us, Shee Learnes her Book well and is Learning to Knitt has almost Done one Stockin, Shee is grown a pretty girl her Sister Betty is an Exstraordinary Child, Sarrah is near her time again of another, Dorcas Shelton Lived with us till Shee came over, She Can give you an account how my humer was, it is not now Soe bad butt am advised the Sea would Kill mee, to Say noe more of the other Difficultyes that atend us
give our Loves to Aron & Son and tell Aron his Daughters have not Recd any Letter from him a great while which greaves them very much, my Cousen Jsf. Clarkes Love is to you and Desires you to Sell his Land as Soon as you cann.
Sibill Grimes had a pretty good bed & bolster and Rug and Blanket & Sauft yarn I hope you have Recd them our Love to John Gill4 and Lett him Know his Brother is well not Else But Dear Love from your Deare Parents --- --- ---

John Haddon
Elizabeth Haddon

  1. This refers to Benjamin and Sarah Haddon Hopkins. Sarah was Elizabeth’s younger sister.
  2. Thomas Haddon, blacksmith and brother of John, who died in St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Bermondsey, Surrey on 5 da 4 mo 1724, at age 59.
  3. Mary, Sarah, Betty, and Haddon are John and Elizabeth’s grandchildren, the children of Benjamin and Sarah Haddon Hopkins.
  4. John Gill is John Haddon’s nephew, son of his sister Anne Haddon Gill and John Gill.

The following two letters were transcribed from Contributions to the Biography of Elizabeth Estaugh.

London, 12th of 6 mo., 1714

Most endeared:
After salutation of our durable affection this comes to acquaint you that to our inexpressible joy we received yours of the 13th of the 2nd mo., which gave the lie to the report we had about town that dear John was dead -- which though we could find no grounds for, you may think we must be uneasy. But that letter gave new life to us when we saw you were both well. (Since that came to hand, that of the 26th of 3 mo. came in a shot passage.) * * * 1 Dear brother and sister are well, and remember their love to you. I desire you not to leave him out of yours. Do not place our not coming to you at his door -- as Joseph said to her brethren, say, “the Lord hath done it,” for what He only knows, who is the only wise disposer of all things. He knows our love waxeth not cold to you, who are as dear to us both as ever Joseph and Benjamin were to Jacob of old. Sarah and Mary are both with us, and the latter is at present very ill, we think it will prove the small pox. Most dearly beloved children, in the love of God we bid you farewell, and rest your affectionate father and mother.

J. and E. Haddon.

London 7mo. 17th, 1714

Most entirely beloved:
* * * As to our coming over, I am more and more satisfied it is for the better on all hands, for if we had come there would unavoidably have been uneasiness and that would have taken the gloss off of all that could have been enjoyed, which as it hath pleased God to order it, is prevented, and we are capable here to serve you by sending commissions or otherways, as you see by what comes with this. A friend of Gloucestershire hath a mind to transport himself into America and hath consigned a cargo to you to dispose of for him.

I desire when you write to me for the Company always be as particular as you can, and do all you can to oblige them. I am guarantee for you to them.

I have sent you Thos. Elwood’s Sacred History in two vol’s, also his journal, which will be good company for you, as also Richard Claredge book about affirmation -- you will find them in some of the drawers; have also sent you one new quilt, and our large stove. I intended to have sent you a copper furnace, that we had made to take with us, but it was forgot. I hope I shall have another opportunity to send it. I received your money by Captain Trott, and laid it out for you, and sent the effects by this conveniency, the Mary Hope. The keys of the chest of drawers are in the upper drawer, one to the left hand side, and the keys of the desk are tied to it. Not else but dear love from your
affectionate Father & Mother,

John & Elizth Haddon.

  1. This indicates material left out in the book that was in the original letter.

London ye 23d of ye 2d mo 1715

Most Dear Children
After Salutation of Endeared Love, this Comes to Lett you Know, that through the great Mercy of our Gratious Lord, in Whom wee Live and move & have our Being, that wee both have our health indifferently well, though your Mother hath Lately Been indisposed with a Fevour which flew into her Left Legg, which made her Keep house about 3 months, Butt now goes abroad againe
I am Sorry to heare the Bad newes of John Anniss, it’s thuss that he was Beating it of your Coast 5 weekes or more, and at Last forst to Beare away for Nevice, where he wrote the account thereof in the 12th mo to John Ascue, and Sayes in a weekes time he Should be Ready to Sayle againe for Philadelphia, and hope he is with you before this date in Whome you will finde the goods you Wrote for, and Some Consignement from a friend in Gloscester Shire, and the Land Companyes Letter of Attorney for Sale of their Land, which I hope to heare in your next that Some Progress is made therein, I wish you good Sucsess in it, and also for Returnes as Directed in those Letters, to which I Refer tyou, Wee had yesterday a Tottall Eclips of the Sunn, with a Sereen aire the Beginning Some minutes after Eight in the morning, the whole duration from Beginning to the End Something more than two houres,
Wee have not Received any Letter from you now a great while, Shall be very glad to Receive one from your hands denoteing your healths, our Love to John Guill or any Body whom you thinke fit to deliver it to,
nott Else but Dear Love from your verry affectionate Father and Mother

John & Elizabeth Haddon

Your Brother & Sisters Love is to you their two Children Mary and Sarrah Lives with uss Mary can Read in anny Place in the Bible and Sarrah in her Testament Betty is well and a Stought hearty girle as also their sonn Haddon Hopkins is a Brave boy of his age I think about 15 weeks auld vale Jo. H:

Addressed to: John Estaugh at Haddonfield one Coopers Creek West Jerzey Near Philadelphiabr
Per the Jerzey Capt. Anthony

Note on back: Letters from Dear father & Sister relating to our Selves

The following three letters were transcribed from Contributions to the Biography of Elizabeth Estaugh.

London 27 of 12 mo, 1716

Dear Children:
After the salutation of mine and wife’s most endeared affection to you both, as well as our tender love to Sarah,1 this comes to inform you that through great mercy I am very well, but my wife is troubled with shortness of breath, and her winter cough.

I received your loving and dutiful letters by the Whitehaven ship -- the apples and wine did very well -- the cranberries would not keep. I have shipped you 200 bottles of Bitter drops instead of 50, and also sent John Kaighn’s things he wrote for. I have also enclosed to you some books and papers, supposing they will be acceptable to you, for your own and neighbor’s information. Herbert Springate says thou ought to make thy will to they wife, or in case of thy death, thy next heirs will take the land; so hope thou will secure both me and her by so doing, our lives being uncertain. As to our coming over, cannot see it possible ever to be accomplished, and could be glad my dear daughter could be resigned to the will of God to be content there, but if that cannot be you must get the land company’s business pretty well over, and come home until our decease, which cannot be long (if you should survive us). I am glad you have let the plantation to make yourselves easy. I am persuaded that country is the place God has appointed your services in, and that if nothing else will do, we must be removed to make way for it. So I would have my dear child to give due weight to the consideration of these things in the meekness of the everlasting Truth of God. You are amongst our kindred in the faith of Christ Jesus, and though we are separated in body, we are near each other in spirit, and can truly rejoice in hearing of each other’s prosperity. So my well beloved children the blessing of the god of all our mercies be with you, and direct and comfort you. So prayeth your dear father and mother,

John & Elizth Haddon.

  1. Sarah Hopkins was brought over to West Jersey to become the heir to the Haddon-Estaugh estate, but when Ebenezer was born, she was returned to England and Ebenezer took her place.

London, 7th mo. 5th, 1717

Dear Children:
Yours of the 22nd of Fourth month is received and also those of the tenth of Fifth month, which, with the welcome news of your welfare, was much longed for. * * * Since it is so that you must come home, have patience to get the Company’s business done, and by that time the pirates I hope will be subdued, to make your embarkation safe. Every month is one nearer. We are pleased to hear little Sarah is well, and both grows and liketh the country so well. Your brother and sister and all the children are well, and their love for you both, as also the little maid who wants a Round Side Saddle. In the same unchangable love we bid you heartily farewell, and rest your very
affectionate father and mother,

John and Elizabeth Haddon

London ye 8th of 3d mo 1718

Dearly Beloved
Sonn and Daughter this Comes to Salute you in most Endeared affection and also to Lett you Know how matters Stand with us now Know ye yt through the Lords abundant mercy wee are both well in health but your Mothers Shortness of Breath Still Continues as well as her Swelling our Dear Loves to Sarrah
The two billes of Samuell Nutt and Penticost Teage are both Recd and also the Produce of the Effects that was Consigned to George Knight in Barbadoes is Come to hand and the Same being Sould at 14 per Cent advance when all Charges deducted thats worse by about 7 per Cent then the Gold thou Sent that made here 70D-6S-0p Cleare of all Charges though a small Piece of the gould was naught Soe that what Cann be Sent in money and Good Bills I thinke will be best and If thou Canst gett good Deare and Beare Skins them that have had them tell mee they have made that Country money Sterling heare Especially Deare
I have Paid a Divident of twenty five Shillings Per Share and the Proprietory are mightyly Pleased with it in hopes of Continuing the Same If thou have nott done itt before this Comes to hand I desire thee to forward Daniell Flaxneys deeds or order to us to give him deeds here that wee may Recite that money your Brother and Sister is well and give their Loves to you and their Daughter nott else butt Rest yor very affectionat Father --- --- --- John Haddon

Post Script Sending by way of ye West Indies there is Soe many Lick Spitts of Freight both wayes and Double Comition that all the fatt Dropes of Before wee gett it I hope Soon to heare of the Little venture from Antigua and the great venture being Returned to haddonfeild where there will be no Porteridge nor Storeidge I Recd thyne from Antigua & was Consolated with it

London ye 9th of 4th in 1718

Most Dear Children
This Comes to Congratulate you upon your hapy meetting which I doubt nott hath Been Long before the date hereof By Reason I Recd one From Rebeca Grove of Bardoes that gives mee an account of John Estaughs Service in that Island and that he was gone when her Letter bore date ye 26th of the first mo Shee hath Sent mee an honest account I believe and Sayes If Shee had been Sure the Effects was all one my own account Shee would have Sent it By Thomas Chalkly She Writes that one the Receipt of thyne or my Letter will Pay mee with intrest the Ballance Due thereon -- I Received my Duaghters Letter Dated the 22nd of the 1st mo. giveing account of Vineings Shufleing and dochere with Send the Copy of Puckles Instricement to me and with the Lord Mayers Seale to it as alsoe a Letter of atourney to you both Joyntly I Bought that Land of Edward Bellamy butt Lett N Puckle into one-halfe for Conveniency of his Selling it the title was made to him, when Said Puckle was at Gravesend in 1702 he Considered Bellamyes Bond of assurance If occation was must operat here therefore Sent it Enclosed up to mee in a Letter that Comes herewith desiereing mee to take Care of it and that I would Lett him Know If I would Sell, Vineings wife must needs Know that I paid Thomas Hutson By her husbands order twenty Eight Shillings and tenn pence Sterling for my halfe part of the Charge he were at in that Country xbr ye 2d 1704 wigh (?) Shee Doubtless may finde ye Said artickle in Thomas Hutsons account If not in her own Bookes the Debt one my part being that Country money 43 shillings and 3d N Pucket tol mee he was ofered 200 pounds for the Said Land 2d mo. ye 24th 1702 I paid Purchase money in part -- 1l - 1s - 6p ye 25th of ye 2d mo I paid more Purchase money --- 19l - 10s - 9p I Payd at ye Same time to Ropert Waple Scrivener for my Share of all the Writeings of Said Purchase of Edward Bellamy -- 1l - 17s - 6p Gabriell Thomas had articled with Edward Bellamy for this Land butt had nott money to Pay therefore he Sold it to mee and I toock N Puckle because Said Gabriell Thomas Said he would take Possction of it By vertue of his articles which he had the assurance to doe I Recd Johns Letter of ye 12th of 1st mo Last from Barbadoes and wee were Right glad to heare of his Welfare and Service one that Island
and as I wrote formerly have Recd the two bills viz Penticost Teage on Jonathan Dickinsons Bill and Samuell Nutts bill as also the gold by John Anniss and the Effects from Barbadoes one the Land Companyes account and have made a divident of 25 Shillings a Share which was very gratefull to Every individuall member thy Divident Lyes in my hand I wrote If Deare Skines and Beare hides Can be had good and any thing Reasonable would doe well I Perceive many have by that meanes made your money Sterling the Company are very well Pleased with Dear Sonns management and I wish a Speedy End of that Business that ye might Enjoye Each Others Company I wrote a Letter Should have gone by Anthony ?ell who Promised to Call for it butt went down on assuden and left behinde him which was noe Small disapointment to mee
give our loves to Cousen John Guill and tell him his Brother Will Buryed ye 15th of Last month after about 7 weekes Sickeness
not Else butt myne and wifes Deare and Affectionat Love to you both your brother and Sister are well and give their Loves to you both and theirs and our Love to Little Sarrah though Shee should be grown a great one
I hear Nothing yett of Capt Holmes

John and Elizabeth Haddon

Address: To John Estaugh These at Haddonfield one Coopers Creek West New Jerzey
Note by Elizabeth Estaugh: Letter from My father Haddon ye 19th of 4th 1718 acct of Divident 25s p Share &c

London ye 5th of 5th mo 1718

Dear Children
After the most Solemn manner is our most Affectionate and Endeared Love Presented to you, with the most thankfull hearts to Almighty God, wee doe Congratulate you one your hapy meeting after the Lords Business was done, and doe Rejoice with you one the Peace it has Brought through obedience to His holly Requireings
I Recd Johns Letter From Barbadoes, and my Daughters in the intrim by John Richmond, as alsoe that By Capt: Wayles which gave us noe Small Consolation to finde you in the Injoyment of Each others Company after Soe Long absence
I Recd I Believe a very Just account From Rebeca Grove of Barbados of ye Cargoes that had Lain Soe Long in her Late husbands hands, and Shee Sayes If Shee had been Informed by Sonn John that it was all one my account and Risqe, would have Sent the Effects By Thomas Chalkly, butt have on the Receipt of mine and Sonnes Letters that it is Soe She will Send Mee the Ballance Soe that If my Sonn have nott wrote her an account that it was all one my account and Risqe, I would desire him to doe it per first opertunity
I have Sent an Exemplyfycation of the articles Between mee and Nathll. Puckle By Capt: Parsug and have Recd the deeds By Capt: Wayle, butt being in Expectation of more deeds by next Ship, I am Loath to be at the Charge of Sending for Tobias Collett to town for these till more arive, I take notice of the good Sucssess of the Little Cargoe to antigua. butt doe nott yett heare of Friend Holmes his arivall in Britaighn, I take Care to divid to your Shares and Shall Soe Continue
I wrote If good Skinnes Could be gotten, Deare Skines to be Prefered butt Some Bear with them might doe pretty well, Some people have I understand made your money Sterling by that way Query -- might nott the Purchasers be oblidged to pay Some part in those commodities, Furs will not doe Soe well I understand
I am glad to hear more goods is Shiped to Berbadoes I hope George Knight will make Returnes by this Fleet for them
wee are verry glad to hear Sarrah is Soe well, to whom give our Loves to the Litle Traveller, her mother is delivered of another Sonn, I thinke the Name for him is nott yet agreed one, She is in a hopefull way for her condition and the Children are now pretty well, their Loves is to you I wish you an honest tennant for the plantation and house, Lett it Easy Rather than hinder you, and I wish Expedition in the Companyes afairs, that you may have a full Enjoyment of Each others Companys to the Lord I Leave you, desiering you may be blessed with Quick Dispatch mean while Remain your most Endeared Parrents

John Haddon and Elizabeth Haddon.

London ye 4th of 11th in 1719

Dear Children
After Salutation of most Endeared affection this Comes to Renew the Endeared Friendship between us and to Enquier after your healths hopeing it may finde you in the Enjoyment of that great Blessing From ye had of our mercyfull God as through his unspeakable blessings wee doe Enjoy ours as fully as our age may be Expected our Glass being Soe near Runn your brother and Sister and the Children now Liveing are in health and desire their Loves to be Remembered to you they have buryed the Last your Sister Lay is of and informed they Called Benjamin about 4 year old I think which hath proved a great Exercise to her for Want of a true Resignation to the will of the Lord
yours By John Anniss the Elder came Safe to hand are in Dayly Expectation of young John By whom I hope to Receive Some more Remittance for the Company and Wish good Sucsess to the Remainder our Loves are all to thy Litle Sarrah and all Friends that ask after us
I am in Expectation tomorrow to Receive a Letter From the Executor [next line unreadable] in the county of Glocester in your Province to Equier in an Estate Said Steell (?)Lived in hele give account who did and who doth Live in it I Supos he will be for Selling it and hope may gett the Commition for thee my Sonn that or anything Else that is in my Power will naturally Flow to you both when it Shall Please the Lord to take mee away you Shall be Remembered by mee as If at my Elbow your Services For ye Lord and the Country where you are Placed Shall by no meanes Eclips my Respect and Favour to you
I have Recd the money for Vineings Purchase of mee not Else Butt our most Endeared affections to you both bid you Farewell and Remayn your Tender Father and mother

John Haddon
Eliz. Haddon

my Brother Thomas is well and his Love is to you and our Loves to Couzen John Gill and Wife
Query hath young Flaxney paid for ye Land If it Should be to bs payd here Shoud Know when the interest did comenc

Address: To John Estaugh of Haddonfield one Coopers Creek in West New Jerzey or Philladelphia
Per Thomas Chalkley

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