Item 108 - Draft letter to Alfred Threlkeld Mayson

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Draft letter to Alfred Threlkeld Mayson


  • 1865 (Creation)

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Francis Cotton (1801-1883), Quaker and settler, was born on 6 October 1801 in London, where he had some early education before attending Ackworth School. After an apprenticeship to a builder, he set up his own business. When 19 he was disowned for marrying outside the Society of Friends, Anna Maria Tilney, a former Friend from Kelvedon, Essex. Rheumatic fever, London fogs and visions of brighter prospects for a growing family induced him to sail in 1828 for New South Wales in the Mary with an old friend, Dr George Story. The voyage was prolonged by the loss of a mast, and when the ship put in to Hobart Town the party decided to remain. For more information see

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Born Great Swanport V.D.L. on 13th September 1839 to Joseph Mayson, Cleric in Holy Orders, and Elizabeth Mayson nee Hickson. Married Elizabeth Amos (1845- )daughter of farmer John Amos and his wife Elizabeth Amos nee Hepburn. Elizabeth Amos and Alfred Threlkeld Mayson married on the 25th September 1862 in the dwelling house of her father, John Amos, at Glenherriot, Glamorgan (Swansea, Tasmania), she was just 17 years old. Alfred Threlkeld Mayson, 23 yrs old, registered his occupation as Council Clerk. They were married in the rites of the United Church of England and Ireland, by Joseph Mayson, Chaplain, Alfred Mayson’s father. Elizabeth Mayson gave birth to two children while married to Alfred T. Mayson: Vernon in 1863 and Marion in 1869.

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Draft letter to Alfred Threlkeld Mayson from Francis Cotton dated 25 January 1865. F.C.'s draft reply to Mayson's letter to son George Cotton: son acknowledges debt to Mayson for aid in carrying out his [police] duties, George acquitted of "having had any hand with the destruction of the target" and Mitchell wished the matter to drop, F.C. begged Mayson to forgive and forget.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

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