Letters from Samuel John Allery

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Jemima Mary Anne Allery
26 Crown Street,

3rd September, 1889

Dear Jemima,

I am sorry to be away so long from you, especially so near to the birth of our new child. I hope that you are in good health. Is Rosina looking after the little ones for you?

My journey to London was worth it and I am really proud to have received the Freedom of the City of London certificate. Quite an accolade for a middle aged tradesman, and one that my father would have been most proud of.

Our certificate will be displayed in our premises at 59 Carter Lane, but I would also like it to be a special gift for our children. I want to encourage them to become tailors too.

There is much to look forward to as we build our little empire. Rest assured I did see our solicitor today too and the new will now lists Dave Bert, our eldest, as the main heir to the Allery & Sons Tailoring business.

Soon my travels will be over for a while and I am looking forward to a few days at home with you my love! Give my love to the children and tell them I have small gifts for them, if they are well behaved.

Please ask Rosina to send the carriage to meet me at Camberwell Station. I will be home by the end of the week.

All my love

Your loving husband


Samuel John Allery b. 1847 m. 1867 and m. 1884 d. 1922

Freedom of the City 3rd September 1889

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2 thoughts on “Letters from Samuel John Allery

  1. Our relatives also lived in Camberwell from 1800’s onwards. I wonder if they came across each other.
    Would love to think so. The Spurways’ were grocers and builders. My Gt x a few grandfather was a clerk in an American bank in Throgmorton Street. Wouldn’t it be great to go back in time for a while and meet them all.


    1. Yes it would be entirely possible that our ancestors were known to each other in Camberwell. My family’s tailoring businesses seemed to be located in London and Kingston. Many generations of tailors.


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