A letter from 1840 in between a Bishop’s Stortford tallow chandler and a London merchant has been rediscovered on the other facet of the environment.

The 180-yr-outdated letter was bought many yrs ago by Greg Healey, 74, a retired airline technician in Picton, New Zealand, above 11,five hundred miles away.

“As a retiree, I’m hoping to kind out the clutter and record of my lifestyle and this very little example dropped into my lap,” he said. “I believe I bought it from a 2nd-hand store many yrs ago amongst other points. Then I saved it away and forgot about it.”

Greg Healey in New Zealand with the letter from 1840 addressed to William Palmer, correct, of Bishop’s Stortford (44850979)

The letter, which appears to be an accounting of prior yrs and future orders of tallow, is from John and Edward Cook, of London, to Bishop’s Stortford businessman William Palmer.

The Cook brothers ran a thriving business in London from 1831 immediately after inheriting it from their father. It was environment-renowned for its antiseptic soaps. Shortly right before the Initially Planet War it joined forces with, and then was taken above by, W H Lever, now 1 of the world’s most significant brand names – Unilever.

Greg wants to reunite the letter with the addressee’s family members. “I am of the head that these points should really be in the rightful fingers of relatives or museums,” he said. It is not known how the letter ended up in New Zealand or if William Palmer has any living relatives in the Stortford location.

The letter from Edward and John Cook which surfaced in New Zealand (44257336)
The letter from Edward and John Cook which surfaced in New Zealand (44257336)

Who was William Palmer?

The addressee, William Palmer, was a nicely-known determine in Bishop’s Stortford and ran his tallow chandler business from Bridge Avenue for a lot more than sixty yrs.

Little is known of his early yrs over and above what can be gleaned from data at the time. He was born in Stortford on February six, 1793 to moms and dads William and Mary Palmer, and was christened at St Michael’s Church just above four months later, on March 8.

His adult lifestyle was a story of personal sorrow and qualified achievements. At the age of 30, he married Henrietta Crabb at Little Hadham church on June 24, 1823, and a yr later the first of their 6 small children were born. By the time of his death, in 1877, he had outlived four of them and his spouse.

William Palmer photographed in his later life
William Palmer photographed in his later lifestyle

Specific information of when the business begun are lost to record, but the election list data from 1832 exhibit William living at Bridge Avenue, in which he and his family members lived previously mentioned his store and warehouse. By then, four of his small children had been born: William, John Sanders, Martha and John Smyth. Sadly, John Sanders died at just above 3 months outdated.

By the 1851 census, John Smyth Palmer had died aged four, Mary Henrietta Palmer and Amelia Palmer had been born, and their Henrietta had, in accordance to the family members bible, died “very all of a sudden on Monday night September 16, 1844”.

William, by then fifty eight, was nonetheless living at seven Bridge Avenue with son William, 26, Martha, 22, Mary, eighteen, and Amelia, 9. The report also lists two woman domestic servants at the address. Mary died in 1865, aged 30, adopted in 1867 by William’s last remaining son, William, aged forty three.

The former Bridge Street residence and business of William Palmer, which adjoined the Star in the 18th century.
The former Bridge Avenue residence and business of William Palmer, which adjoined the Star in the 18th century.

William lived to see Amelia marry Henry Staines Wilton on August four, 1868 and have five small children. The first four were born in Bishop’s Stortford, in which Henry ran a saddling business from subsequent doorway to William at five Bridge Avenue, right before transferring the business to London in 1875. William’s will refers to Henry as “my friend”.

William died on August four, 1877, with only Martha and Amelia surviving him. Records reveal that only Amelia had small children.

William’s obituary in the Chelmsford Chronicle of August seventeen, 1877, said: “In the death of Mr W Palmer, which took put about five o’clock on Wednesday week, the city has lost 1 of the number of remaining one-way links in between the past and current generations. Deceased, who was in his eighty fifth yr, had been in business as a tallow chandler, &c., in Bridge Avenue, for a period of upwards of sixty yrs, and was commonly revered by all who understood him.”

Amelia lived to see the stop of the Initially Planet War, dying on December twelve, 1919, aged 78. Her obituary in the Essex County Chronicle on Boxing Working day 1919, as a product or service of its time, made virtually no reference to her, but to her spouse and father. It said: “Mrs Wilton, widow of Mr Henry S Wilton, of the agency Champion and Wilton, Saddlers, Oxford Avenue, has died at an highly developed age. She was the daughter of Mr Wm. Palmer, who died in the seventies [1870s], who carried on a trade now extinct, the creating of tallow candles. He lived in Bridge Avenue, and the thoroughfare at the facet is nonetheless know as Tallow Chandler’s Lane and Palmer’s Lane.”

Palmers Lane, named after William Palmer, is opposite the Bridge Street tallow chandler business he ran for above fifty yrs
Palmers Lane, named immediately after William Palmer, is opposite the Bridge Avenue tallow chandler business he ran for above fifty yrs

William was buried in the outdated cemetery in Stortford on August 13, 1877, joining son William and daughter Mary in the exact same plot. The city data exhibit that a “brick style” memorial marks their last resting put, but weathering from a lot more than 140 yrs makes the stones not possible to browse.

If you are a descendant of Willaim Palmer or Ameila Wilton, or if you are able to aid track down any nearby descendants, you should speak to David James by using email to [email protected] or connect with the Indie in North Avenue on 01279 216515.