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Re: Help with part of a soldier's letter
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 28 February 19 14:09 GMT (UK) »
Good lateral thinking Goldie61. Reference to Indian corn makes sense as the letter is addressed to the brother in America. This is a fascinating insight into the diet of working class Londoners in the 1830'/1840's if what the mother says is true. I wonder when maize started to be available?
I'll look further into the expression "parrot aboard" (so far only found "sick as a parrot").... unless this is some attempt at humour?  ???

Do you agree that the date appears to be 1869?

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Re: Help with part of a soldier's letter
« Reply #10 on: Thursday 28 February 19 14:17 GMT (UK) »
Is it possibly from


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Re: Help with part of a soldier's letter
« Reply #11 on: Thursday 28 February 19 14:21 GMT (UK) »
So 19th century humour?? However, given the level of literacy shown, I'm not sure they would be into RL Stevenson?

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Re: Help with part of a soldier's letter
« Reply #12 on: Thursday 28 February 19 14:24 GMT (UK) »
Yes  get that they would not have read the books ---- but the use/ generality of a well known phrase -- is something we often do not know the source of?? 

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Re: Help with part of a soldier's letter
« Reply #13 on: Thursday 28 February 19 15:02 GMT (UK) »
I read it as if the Mother is bringing her "Child" up the same...but her child is a Parrot..a bird... ;D
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Re: Help with part of a soldier's letter
« Reply #14 on: Thursday 28 February 19 19:33 GMT (UK) »

Do you agree that the date appears to be 1869?

A bit difficult to say for sure with the crease (or whatever) in the paper there, but most probably 1869, yes.
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Re: Help with part of a soldier's letter
« Reply #15 on: Thursday 28 February 19 21:56 GMT (UK) »
There now seem to be major issues about the date (1869) & time-frame of the letter. There are references to the wife and recently born son of the brother. Yet I have now found out that the wife died in 1860 and the son was born 1851. I had posted a methodological question about "Trying to look up an address" in The Common Room, relating to the mother and father in the letter. In my most recent 'reply' there I cover the above in more detail.

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Re: Help with part of a soldier's letter
« Reply #16 on: Friday 01 March 19 07:02 GMT (UK) »
Now that you say it...
There is a definite straight, horizontal stroke which starts at the top of the vertical stroke and goes right.
It could well be a "5", with the vertical stroke a little long.

So: 1851.

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Re: Help with part of a soldier's letter
« Reply #17 on: Friday 01 March 19 09:51 GMT (UK) »
"Is the parrot aboard!" is a question only answerable by a member of that family. Did they own one or possibly referring to a family member. "Pieces of Eight!"  ;D

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