A letter from a woman wanting to maintain her two children outside the workhouse, 21 November 1866, Catalogue ref: MH12/9812
Poor Law Union: Uppingham
Union counties: Rutland
Uppingham, 21st November, 1866
To The Commissioner of the Poor Law Board.
I hope you will pardon me writing to you, but it is to solicit [seek] the favour of you to order the Guardians of Issing, to allow me support to myself and two small children, aged 5 ½ and 8 months. I have been quite blind, but thank God, a friend gave me a recommendation to go to London Hospital and I have got the sight of one [eye]. My husband is in a deep decline and being past recovery he is in Uppingham Union [workhouse]. I have a small comfortable home and do not wish to go into the Union. If you honourable Sir will take my [serious] case into consideration and allow my dear children [to remain with me]. But that, I will leave in your Hands. I am Honourable Sir,
Your most humble servant,