Hannah More to Thomas Dyke Acland, unknown date
Stamped: ‘Bristol/ Py. P.’ and ‘TO PAY 1D ONLY’ and [Obscured]25
Postmark: (Partial) 17?? (Partial) BRI[STOL]??22
Seal: Red wax
Watermarks: J Green & Son 1824
and gratefully Yours
Acland was the MP for Devon between 1812-8, and 1820-31, and later 1837-57.
From Matthew 7:9: 'Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?' (KJV).
The parish of Shipham, which produced ore - lapis calaminaris - used in the brass industry, had suffered for a number of years following a collapse in the industry. More and a group of local worthies sought to alleviate their situation by buying their ore and providing basic goods at reduced rates.