Bradford 3 May 1826
My Dear Mary,
I cannot at present say when I shall be able to be at home. Lord Grantham arrived here last night, and has given orders for the whole Regiment to assemble here, I fancy to relieve those who have been on duty since Saturday. It will please you to hear that we shall not go to York or elsewhere on permanent duty this year as our attendance here will make up for that, which makes me think that Lord Grantham will keep us the number of days we should have been at York, respecting the particulars of our marches &c I will give you by word of mouth.
Bradford is very still, and not a disorderly person to be seen in the streets, we have not had occasion to be on horseback since we arrived and if we stay some time longer it will be the case, there has not been the least disturbance but on Thursday night last, and that only the windows of Mr Horsfalls mill broken, the Inhabitants think nothing of it.
You cannot now find fault with me for not writing. I wish I had something worth writing to you about, however I know this that a letter softens the pain of absence.
You will have seen Mr Stead before you receive this he will tell you the news and the battles we have fought. I long to see you, if Stead returns I should like to hear from you, by him, I am now going to receive orders for our Troop, and by the time they are finished the post will have left which obliges me to conclude with best love to my dearest Mary, and all relations at Bbridge,
believe me to remain as before your loving Husbd T Stubbs
In 1833 Thomas tendered his resignation. A copy of his letter survives:
21st Decr 1833
To the Rt Honble Earl de Grey, Col of the Yorkshire Hussars
My Lord as I have been a member in the Volunteer Rgt now called the Yorkshire Hussars for 20 years, I hope your Lordship will accept this as my resignation. I can assure your Lordship that I will endeavour as much as lays in my power to assist in getting recruits and one Horse I will find to mount a Soldier on permanent duty.
Your obdt Humble Servt
John himself was never a member, unlike Henry Capes:
Friday September 28th 1860Annie Bower Hood, aged eighteen, ran a ladies’ boarding school in Boroughbridge with her mother. The Redmayne family had come to York from Settle to see the Review. Mrs Stackhouse was Mary Preston, not long married to John’s friend Thomas Stackhouse of Stainforth.
Went to York by Rail Annie Hood was going to Leamington We travelled together to York. I went to Miss Sutcliffes Had lunch there Aunt Redmayne & Mary Aunt Bell Mrs Stackhouse Miss Cragg & I took a Cab & saw a review by Genl Cathcart of the Yorkshire Volunteeers on Knavesmire & a very pretty sight it was Hy Redmayne & Uncle [Redmayne?] & Capes were reviewed. Mary Redmayne & I walked from the review to Miss Sutcliffes Hy Redmayne & Mary set me to the train to come home