Good Old Gamages
Sir: To read about Mr. Gamage (“The Magical Christmas Store”, Winter 2015) and see a photograph of him was of great interest to me. My grandfather, Francis Rawlins, was one of Gamage’s employees and I have two letters sent to him during his time there. The first, dated 8th October 1901 (see picture below), and addressed to my grandfather, clearly indicates Mr. Gamage’s concern for an unwell employee.
The second communication, dated 27th January 1903, is addressed to Francis’s wife, my grandmother. It is a very direct, but I feel, a caring and kind letter containing good advice and help regarding an employee. It reads:
Whether or not the letter was heeded, I cannot tell, but I do know that Francis Rawlins died in 1903 at the age of 42.