Great Mongeham Malthouses - Letters from John Bray to Cobb & Son of Margate

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1. to give notice of a meeting

Mongeham July 25th 1814


A Meeting of the East Kent Maltsters is desired at the Bell Inn Sandwich at two O’Clock Tuesday 26th to sign a short Petition to extend the time for payment of Malt Duty. I have only time to say that Sir E. Knatchbull & Mr. W. Huskisson have forwarded the business in which no time is to be lost pray come or send

Yrs. In haste
J. Bray

Messrs. Cobb& Son

Bye Boy to be delivered immediately

2. To ask for coal

Mongeham April 5th



Having occasion for more Welch Coals than I expected owing to washing and drying so much black wheat and my merchant here being out, I am to request the favor of an answer by Post whether you can spare me two or three Chaldrons and you will oblige


Yr. Obed hble Servt.

J. R. Bray

To Messrs. Cobb Son

3. A further request for coal

Mongeham April 8th 1815


Being in want of some Welch Coals I took the liberty of sending a note from Sandwich Markets by Mr. Nummery on Weds. to know if you could supply me with 2 or 3 Chalds. And not receiving any answer I fully intended to have come myself but a very violent cold and inflamation on my lungs prevent me for the present and shall be obliged (if you have none to spare) to direct my man where he is likely to succeed as I understand Mr. Gore and probably some other coal merchants may have a few; as I have a tolerable Stock of Coke – I am washing and drying black Wheat every fourth Day which exhausts my stock of firing with best respects I remain


Yr. Obed hble Servt.

J. R. Bray

To Messrs. Cobb & Son


The Cobbs were an influential Margate family who owned many businesses. Their papers are currently with the East Kent Archive.



#1 Doreen Plane 2012-05-15 10:32
To The Great Mongeham Society I would like to thank you for the information of Joseph Hewitt. He is my 4th Great Grandfather. My Great Grandmother Emily Hewitt lived in Deal and her Father was Robert Edward mentioned in the articles. Your Society gave me more history to go on for my Family Tree. I do remember Great Mongeham a little as I use to live in Deal as a child.(I still live in Kent) I hope you have more history of Great Mongeham to follow up and wish you all great success with your Society. Regards Doreen Plane
#2 Jim 2016-02-02 10:47
Thank you for your kind comments. We will continue to add articles as time permits. We are always on the lookout for old photographs (particularly of people working)and snippets of information about people who lived in the village.

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