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Title: Tom Hay, Canada, to Rev. George Kirkpatrick, Co Antrim.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Tom/29
SenderHay, Tom
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmanual worker
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPeterborough, Ontario, Canada
DestinationCraigs, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev. George Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1424/11A/4:Purchased From Mr. John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Ave., Belfast, 15. #TYPE EMG Letter From Tom A. Hay, at Peterboro, Canada, to his Uncle, the Rev. George Kirkpatrick, Hazlebank,[?], Co.Antrim, Ireland, 23 December, 1878.
ArchivePublic Record Office N.Ireland.
Doc. No.9003049
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log28:03:1990 GMC created 06:09:1990 CD input 06:09:1
Word Count408
Revd George Kirkpatrick
Hazle Bank [Hazelbank?]
Co. An[trim?]
Peterboro [Peterborough?]

Dec 23rd 1878

My Dear Uncle, At this season
of the year all friends and relations
seem to be brought closer
together although they may be separated
by thousands of miles of
sea and land but, through the
convenience of regular mails we may
send our greetings to one another,
Dear Uncle accept the best wishes
of all members of our family for
your health and happiness not
only during the Xmas [Christmas?] season but
for many a day and year after.
We were all very much grieved
to hear of the bereavements that
both you and dear Geraldine
have suffered recently. But we
feel satisfied that Both departed
friends lived in preparation
for a happier future than this world
could afford, This is not a very
happy season to us owing to a
dreadfully black cloud overhanging
our whole family connection, of
which you have no doubt heard
the particulars and as they
are of a painful nature, there is no
use commenting on them here.
I enclose some cards for yourself
and the children, representing
Canadian sports and scenery which
I thought would amuse you. I
hope dear Uncle that you are
quite well, after your hurried
and sad journey to Dublin, it
must have been a great shock
to you and very disappointing
to arrive to [too?] late.
Our Vice-Regal Court is in
mourning for H.R.H. princess
Alice and so are all members
of the civil service of which I
am at present one. We got an order
to wear a band of crepe on our
left arm for 16 days, I am now
Assistant Engineer of this station
of the Public Works, at present our
salaries are very low and work
very hard but we hope for an
increase. We are having an unusually
large quantity of snow this year
Snowing and freezing almost every
day sincs [since?] the beginning of the
month I saw in yesterdays paper
that there was a great deal of
snow in England and Scotland
and even in Ireland too.
I hope Mr. Calderwell is very
well now I was sorry to hear
that he had been so ill.
Please remember me kindly to
him when you see him, and
my heartiest and best wishes
to you all at Hazlebank [Hazelbank?]
and also to Alexander and his
wife. In which all in this house
Join with best love and compliments
of the season.
I remain
dear uncle
ever your affecte [affectionate?] nephew
Tom. A.S. Hay