Sarah Anne Platt

Born: 21-Nov-1825, married Thomas Ogden, died: 19-Sep-1851, father: Henry Platt, mother: Sarah Whitehead Family Tree

  Letter from James Platt To Sarah Anne 4-May-1846
Hartford New Iron Works
Railway Station, Oldham
May 4th 1846

My dear Sarah Ann,
Owing to a
breakdown at S. Hilton's
mill, I am afraid,
I cannot leave at
all this week.
The steam engine is
regularly smashed,
and it will take
3 weeks night & day
to get it to work

again. How is the
weather with you?
It is terribly hot here,
and this afternoon even
had thunder & lightning
& tremendous heavy
rain - some of the
roofs in Bolton moor
are much injured.
It is all over now again
and almost as sultry
as ever.
Louisa is rather better
of her boils, but she
suffers much yet. I
never saw such a
I hope Alice has got
her riding skirt, and
that you are good
customers to the donkey
lads. Old Rigby the
sailor, will call on
Friday morning - as I
met him in the village
before leaving and

promised if I returned to
hire his boat. You must
take a row someday
and encourage him.
I had a long chat with
Mr Samuel and did
not forget to remember
you and Alice to him
but more of this when
I see you - now
inquisitive you must wait a little
for any other news.
Yours affectionately,
James Platt



  Letter From James Platt to Sarah Anne From Hartford Iron Works 19-Jun-1846
Hartford New Iron Works
Railway Station, Oldham
June 19th 1846

My dear Sarah Ann,
There is an old
adage, which says "out of
sight, out of mind"
which you must excuse
me applying in your
case, since we have
not heard from you,
I can scarcely tell
the time, but I suppose
you are so busy, riding
and bathing for that and
have scarcely a thought
to bestow on us, at
Werneth; however when
I have the honour of
seeing you again, I
intend giving you a
proper lecture, and in
the meantime, let me
ask, how you are going
on. The weather here
is still excessively hot of
which makes one fit
for nothing in the middle
of the day. How

will it be in Moscow
as I suppose I must
go in about a
fortnight or so.
Mother and Polly went
to fetch Elizabeth home
yesterday, she is looking
very well. I think her
much improved. She
has made me a present
of ___ which shows
that some sisters have
proper feelings, and
don't forget home

all at once. Mother
says Polly has ways of
her own, and that
S. A. will get into favour
in fact she has been
praising you, and giving
it Polly according to
custom. You will
be very sorry to hear
that Sarah Radcliffe
was in such a poor way
and I have just sent
over, but he does not
feel much better. Remember
me kindly to Alice and
believe me, your affectionately,
James Platt
I had intended coming over, but am so
busy, that I cannot tell how to manage
it at present.
How is little Mary?


  Letter from James Platt, Berlin to Sarah Anne, Hartford House 14-Jul-1846
Haig von Portugal
Berlin, July 14th 1846
My dear Sarah Anne,
It is now a week since I left home
and I have seen so much already, that I am afraid
almost to attempt to give you any particulars by letter,
as I could fill several sheets, but I will give you a
general outline of my travels; promising that I am
in excellent health and spirits - and trusting that
mother is all right again, and with the children at
Southport. Of course I felt a little the final leaving
as it was too bad of you seeming so anxious.
I found passport & berth all right at Hull, and had
a delightful sail down the Humber. I slept till
morning, but then felt very sick, owing to the very
awkward movement of the steamer, first my head
jerking on my pillow, next my feet jamming against the
vessel side, and on my right and left almost at
same moment. The captain said afterwards it was
a very nasty sea, owing he thought, to some storms
in the north. I was in my hammock all day, of course
impossible to do much in the eating line, but I was
all right on Thursday morning after having passed
Belgialand, and came on deck again as fresh
as could be and about as happy. Gurhaven at the
mouth of the Elbe is situated behind a wall and
embankment, and is very low in fact the country
on the Hanover side is all the same, and you see nothing
but roofs of houses and tops of trees, (same as was told
in Holland), it is much the same on the Holstein
bank for about 20 miles, the land is very rich and
well cultivated, and immense numbers of cattle
fattening, but the last 6 or 7 miles before you get
to Hanover the Holstein bank is considerably higher
and covered with trees, forming the most beautiful
situation for country seats that can possible be imagined
rendering the sail quite delightful and giving
you not a bad idea of the importance of these
Hamburg merchants and legislators. We had no trouble
with our luggage and I had a letter from Mr Garden
which promised one a most friendly reception at
Dimmings hotel. Mr D offered his services to
Stan at Hamburg - he is another Marks) - next day
we drove to his country seat and after dinner
went to Booth's garden and were shown among the
company with an Austrian Duke, who was making
purchases - Hamburg is a much finer place than
I expected - some of the new streets are above
fair, they are splendid, the shops especially and
the great square is a very fine place indeed.
The buildings are more magnificent
than any saw in Paris. what were the ramparts
are now the boulevards, and altogether the sea banks
are very pretty - each village around has some
peculiarity in costume, and I have bought a few
prints to give you an idea of this - as the peasants
are rather a grotesque appearance in the stocks - Of course
there are no new palaces, or residences of _ , and
perhaps this is the secret why so little is said in Musse
about it. The Hamborgians are much more personified than
I expected, and I am told, that although they suffered
under duress and other generals, set on all of their
superior tact and politeness of the common soldier, they
have a greater liking even yet to them than any other.
They manage to dispose of business before dinner and
attempt a protestant town, they spend their Sunday
afternoons in dancing and promenading.
I left for Hanover on Saturday, travelling all night
where I spent the Sunday, but there is nothing, to see
but the palaces and gardens and these are a very
moderate tale, quite a commuter town in a manner
and I left next morning at 5 o'clock and arrived same
evening at Berlin about 6. After getting dinner
I called on Mr Wilfred Fenton at the Hotel de Russia
and have spent the whole of today together
visiting the looms. He was good enough to introduce
me to Mr Edicott, a person of considerable influence
here, and a past friend of Lord Westmorland, our
ambassador here. Mr E invited us to dine
with him tomorrow at 4 o'clock which we
accepted. I must write you more about Berlin
just before leaving for station. I expect Mr Homme
visits tomorrow - he had engaged apartments
for me, on my arrival, next to his. I found
Wilfred Euston a very nice companion, just his brother
over again. I shall write you and Edlea every
Friday night. Give my love to all, and do not
forget to write me at Getersburg,
yours affectionately
James Platt