Using the old newspapers online frequently in my genealogy research, I am always searching for variants of words in case of mis-spelling etc. – therefore when searching for Framlingham stories I will also try Framlington or Framingham.
I was therefore surprised to find a letter in the Bedfordshire Times and Independent newspaper from Saturday 8th February 1896 sent from Farmlingham in Suffolk – the letter reads:
Oct 7th 1895
Dear Sir, – You will be glad to hear that the Teeth you fitted for Mrs Keen, two years ago, have served their purpose well. For eating and speaking, and as a means of preventing colds, they have been simply invaluable. Our great regret is that we did not seek your aid years before, especially as your charges was so reasonable.
Yours very truly
(Signed) Edward Keen – Congregational Minister.
This letter was sent as a testimonial to Mr Shipley Slipper who regularly published letters from grateful patients in the newspapers.
Looking at the 1891 census records Edward Keen and his wife Hannah Elizabeth and family lived at Hermitage Place in College Road in Framlingham – I hope she did not mind everyone knowing about her Teeth!