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Title: Elizabeth Foster, Canada, to George Kirkpatrick, Dublin.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileFoster, Elizabeth/110
SenderFoster (n. Kirkpatrick), Elizabeth
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationupper middle-class housewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginYork, Upper Canada, Canada
DestinationDublin, Ireland
RecipientRev. George Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1424/11: Purchased From John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast 15. #TYPE EMG Elizabeth Foster, York, Upper Canada, to George Kirkpatrick Esq., 57 Eccles Street, Dublin, her brother. 2 October 1820.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9003040
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log22:03:1990 JM created 05:10:1990 JF input 09:10:19
Word Count908
TranscriptMy dearest George York Upper Canada
You will perhaps think that I Octr [October?] 2d 1820
have taken a long time to answer your letter & to
thank you for kind present of Ivanhoe
which we received last July in the box from
Coolmine - I will not however waste time in
apologies, but endeavour to find a more interesting
subject for my epistle. Both Colley & I like
Ivanhoe very much - I think it is much superior
to the Monastery, although the latter is
an entertaining work, yet the wonderful stories
of the white spirits of Avenel which are carried
on to the end of the book without being properly
accounted for, completely damp the interest
you would otherwise feel in the story -
A few days since Mamma's letter of June 28th arrived
its general contents gave us sincere pleasure, but
in lament to hear that poor dear Rose still suffered
from the effects of her accident - Young Rutherford
whom Mamma recommends to Colley's notice, visited
us about a month since & I am happy to be
able to say that we paid him what little attention
lay in our power during his short stay here; by
prevailing in him to take a bed in our quarters
instead of remaining by himself at a Tavern -
The day Mr Rutherford left us, his room was occupied
by another gentleman, a Kingston acquaintance
to whom we had offered a bed should he visit York
This was a Captn [Captain?] Williams of the navy (on half pay)
he came out last autumn with his brother & family
who have settled in the Bay of Quinte, & as he talks
of returning to England this month he came up to
visit the Falls & called here on his return to Kingston
he spent nearly a fortnight with us & to say the
truth we were not very sorry when he took his departure,
as, although a very gentle manly pleasant
young nan (somewhat of a dandy, & lately from
France) he was not fond of early hours & was fond
of a glass of wine, during his stay we never got
to bed till after midnight & he never made his apearance [appearance?]
in the morning much before eleven which
did not suit our regular mode of living - many
an hour did Captn [Captain?] Williams spend trying to make
out Catharine's Chinese puzzle, which he at last pronounced
to be all wrong as he never failed to find out
the most difficult puzzle before - Pray tell Catharine
to send me out the explanation, if she can, as I do not
possess the patience or ingenuity requisite to solve the enigma
We have had already some cold weather with sharp
frosts at night but it looks quite like summer again
today - We are now obliged to exchange our evening
drive in the Green Waggon [Wagon?] for a chearful [cheerful?] fire,
& continue to amuse ourselves tolerably well from dinner until
Ten O clock with Muses, Books, & Backgammon, a game of
which Colr [Colonel?] Coffin who often shares our repast
is extremely fond; it has the wonderful effect of keeping
him awake, which neither music or conversation can sometimes
do - Our Garrison here is but small; at present it is
composed of one company of the 60th with one lieutenant
one Ensign & an M:D: who is a very clever, sensible [little?]
man - Young hopeful is a great favourite with the two latter
gentlemen in particular & pays them many a [?] to
visit Col [Colonel?] coffin his also quarters
in the Garrison - A Deputy Asst [Assistant?] [?]
necessary Gent [Gentleman?] his wife (rather pleasant
people) live a short way from
the Garrison so that we can form a
sociable little dinner party amongst ourselves
We have not seen much of the good folks in the
noble city of little York, most of them have visited us, but
the season for their formal dinners (which I dread) is not come
on yet - We dine sometimes at the Government House
Lady Sarah is pleasant & affable in her manners & is much
liked here - A young p[?]g[?] [ive?] has just come out to join
the 68th Regt [Regiment?] in which [he?] has been appointed an Ensign -
he is the Genls [Generals?] only son by a former marriage & seems
to be a fine young man about 16 -
We were glad to hear that you & dear Alexander had
such a pleasant tour to London - I hope to hear next
spring of your having become a very grave & reverend
divine, settled or likely to be so in a snug Rectory
If you have no immediate prospect of preferment however
what would you think of 200 pounds a year in Canada?
Several young clergy men have been sent out within
these two or three years by the Missionary society
& are settled in different parts of the province -
Tell the four dear schoolboys with our love that
we rejoice to hear that they are going on so well
& that Francis is so near entering college - What does he
intend to be? - I must now bid you adieu my dear
brother first begging you to present our sincerest
love to our beloved Mamma [?] & Mamma & the rest
of the Coolmine group Believe me your most
affectionately attached sister
Eliz.th [Elizabeth?] Foster