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Title: R. Hewitt, Ballymena, to Earl Hillsborough, London.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHewitt, Robert/122
SenderHewitt, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpostmaster
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBallymena, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationLondon, England
RecipientEarl Hillsborough
Recipient Gendermale
RelationshipMr. Hewitt runs the post office located
SourceD 607/b/28b: Deposited by The Marquess of Downshire.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9802535
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 09:02:98.
Word Count290
TranscriptThe Right Honble [Honourable?]
The Earl of Hillsborough


Hewitt Postmaster

Post Office at Ballymena
The 6th Decemr 1790

To the Most Illustrious the Earl of Hillsborough

My Lord
Finding the Post Office at Ballymena not to
be sufficient for Bread for my Family, from what your
Lordship were pleased to say to me at Dromore, I make
bold to make my necessity Known to your Lordship, I
have no more my Lord than œ20 yearly to support my
Little family, now My Lord as I have served under
Government for over 10 years and would be willing with
many Blessing to your Lordship to take a place Either
in Ireland or England or if your Lordship could not
procure a place in Either of those Kingdoms, under your
Lordships protection I would go to Nova Scotia in
America as I have a Brother that is a Loyalist and now
living there in the province of New Brunswick nigh to
the new city of St. John, so if your Lordship would
be so good as to take this in Hand and send me with my
little Family there in the Spring, your Lordship would
have this place that I now Hold to serve a friend at
Home, therefore My good Lord Hillsborough when your
Lordship thinks of the Hardships I Labour under to
keep a House with so small a Salary, I hope your Lordship
will think pardon what I have said and take it to good
Consideration, and I make Bold to look your Lordships
answer which I trust in God shall be a favourable one
if so I shall be in Duty bound to pray for your
Lordships good success in all things and also for your
Lordships good family
I am my good Lord
your Lordships Most
Attentive and very Humle. St
[Humble Servant?]
Robert Hewitt

[Footnote to the above added by A. W. Graham, 14 Park Drive,
Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 9LW. I transcribed the above
letter and noted from my own records the following which
confirms that the Ballymena postmaster Robert Hewitt left
his post in 1791.]

[Post Office Archives Reference POST 59/25 (1801) notes
Thomas Leared [Laird?] postmaster of Ballymena in 1801
at annual salary œ30.10.0 and was appointed in 1791.]

['Old Ballymena' [a history of the town?] published
by the Ballymena Observer Paper [Newspaper?] Office
in 1857 noted a John Laird as postmaster & his
involvement in the 1798 Rebellion.]