Horatio Mosley Moule was the son of the inventor and Vicar of Fordington, Dorset, Henry Moule and his wife Mary Mullet Evans. A Tutor at Cambridge University and close friend of Thomas Hardy, he was to tragically commit suicide in 1873. Michael Russell has published a short biography here.
Having received an acknowledgement to his first letter to Prince Albert, Henry Moule writes a second letter giving more more details of the conditions at Fordington. In an attempt, one suspects, to keep up the pressure, he also informs the Prince that the correspondence will be published.
The following letter was recieved by the Rev. Henry Moule of Fordington from Prince Albert’s private secretary The Hon. Colonel C.B. Phipps in response to his letter concerning the conditions at Fordington and the Cholera ourbreak.
In 1854 Cholera had broken out in the Dorset parish of Fordington which was part of the Duchy of Cornwall. The Rev. Henry Moule, Vicar of Fordington wrote a series of letters tp H.R.H. Prince Albert, president of the Council of the Duchy. The eight letters were published in 1855. This is the first letter in that series.
Divine and inventor, sixth son of George Moule, solicitor and banker, was born at Melksham, Wiltshire, 27 Jan. 1801, and educated at Marlborough grammar school. He was elected a foundation scholar of St. John’s College, Cambridge, and graduated B.A. 1821 and M.A. 1826. He was ordained to the curacy of Melksham in 1823, and took sole charge of Gillingham, Dorset, in 1825.
Some 40 years before the legendary Florence Nightingale led her party of nurses to help the soldiers of the Crimea, Ann Winzer was nursing the soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 as the inscription on her gravestone in the churchyard at Piddlehinton, Dorset records.