The Letters of Thomas Langton

The Blazon of Arms of Thomas Langton

This is a fascinating collection of privately published letters by this distinguished gentleman who went to Riga, Russia at age 17 on behalf of his father's company, stayed there 15 years, and on his return to Kirkham, Lancashire, participated in the family business there, and did extensive traveling about the Continent of Europe. These letters were written between the years of 1815 - 1818, and privately published by the family in 1900.

The copy in the possession of David Birley was severely damaged in a house fire in 1981, resulting in its spine being totally burned away. Fortunately the pages survived in sufficiently good condition that they could be microfilmed by the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and then most recently scanned, using OmniPage Pro, v.12, and saved as PDF Documents.

The volume is 273 pages, although less pages as presented here. It has been broken down by sections and chapters into individual PDF pages, with the index on this page. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, needed for reading these documents, then just click on this link: Get Acrobat Reader

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Title page, list of illustrations, and Preface including a short history of Thomas Langton.


Chapter 1. Written from Whittingham, Northumberland.


Chapter 2. Written from Manchester, possibly from the house of Hugh Birley.


Chapter 3. Written from London.


Chapter 4. Written from London. Includes a picture of Skinner Zachary Langton.


Chapter 5. Written from various places while traveling around France.


Chapter 6.  Written from various places while traveling around France and Germany, including an extended stay in one place because of some family illnesses.


Chapter 7.  Written from various places while traveling around Germany and Switzerland.


Chapter 8.  Written from various places while traveling around France. Tells of William's illness and the treatments tried for it.


Chapter 9. Written from primarily Yverdun, Switzerland. Tells about the interesting saga of the educational institution for indigent children set up by a Sr. Pestalozzi. Contains some pictures.


Chapter 10. Written from primarily Yverdun. Starts off by speaking of a recent bereavement, and then continues with information about the education of his family while traveling.


Chapter 11. Written from Champitet. Talks about his adventures in exploring the Alps and Switzerland.


Chapter 12. Written from Lucerne. Continues his adventures exploring Switzerland, and talks of Skinner's expedition with a German companion to gain fluency in that language and further his education.

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Last Updated on July 09, 2003 by David Birley