Suttons was formed back in 1806 and has held the Royal Warrant since 1858. So we’re pretty old and over the years must have issued thousands of different catalogues, letters, etc. Our wonderful customers often kindly send in contributions for our archives and many of these are really interesting.
One such letter was received this week. A customer found a letter from Suttons, known then as The Royal Seed Establishment, in her grandfather’s wallet and thoughtfully sent a copy to us. Thank you Mrs Patten! The letter is dated 19th December 1911 and unfortunately the copy is not very clear so I have transcribed it below:
The Royal Seed Establishment
December 19th, 1911
Mr H Cracknell
We understand that you have succeeded Mr Henry Copp as Gardener to our esteemed customer F.A. Mariette Esq, and it affords us pleasure to add your name to our books.
On the 14th inst. a copy of our Amateur’s Guide for 1912 was posted to the Head Gardener at St Alban’s School and we hope the packet has safely reached your hands. Enclosed we take the opportunity of forwarding our Gardener’s Calendar for the new year which we have no doubt you will find of service.
With best wishes and the assurance that we will ever strive to deserve your confidence,
We remain, dear sir, your obliged and faithful Servants,
How about that for stylish if rather formal writing! They certainly knew how to write a letter in those days.
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