Jemima Mary Anne Allery
26 Crown Street,
3rd September, 1889
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