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Title: William Hutton, Quebec, to John McCrea, Strabane.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHutton, William/22
SenderHutton, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginQuebec, Canada
DestinationStrabane, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientMcCrea, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2298/4/2/6: Depsited by Messers. Wilson and Simms, Solicitors,.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9306002
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by Jonathan Teer, 01
Word Count1511
TranscriptA letter from William Hutton, Quebec, dated, August 27,
1855, to John McCrea, Strabane.

made - Joseph's partnership will pay him remarkably
well - they have just secured a Bank sollicitorship
Quebec Aug [August?] 27 1855

My dear John,
This will probably be the last letter I
will send you from Quebec as we hope to leave for
Sidney on or about the 13th of next month to spend a
few weeks there before we remove to Toronto I think
the province is becoming tired of a perambulating
government & will build parliament houses somewhere
soon - to settle down permanently We have such a very
long frontier say 1800 miles & until very lately few
faculties for travelling when navigation is stopped
that there has been quite a jealousy about the
distances parties have to travel coming to the seat
of govt. [government?] When our Railroads are
completed it will be a matter of less moment - I
think the City Ottawa (formerly Bytown) or perhaps
Kingston will be settled upon but it is very hard
to tell - If all the British provinces be united as
a federal govt. [government?] then Quebec will be
the place & each province will have its own
parliament - Toronto will in that case be the
Capital of Upper Canada for local govt. [govenment?]
- but I cannot see what good end could be attained
by a federal govt [government?] to us - We are a
wealthier & finer province than Nova Scotia or News
Brunswick or New Foundland & the partnership would
therefore be disadvantageous to us - I do not think
the union would be popular here - I received your
[------?] Bond quite safely on the 24th It seems
quite correct & just what was required - I was quite
sorry that you paid the postage as it would have come
free to me by the great privledge [priviledge?] I enjoy
but F.[Fanny?] suggested perhaps it could not be
"registered" without prepayment F. [Fanny?] wrote to
Willie asking him to come to Sidney as he hoped to
get leave of absence He will probably be there before
we leave for Toronto - I should like him to see our
homestead that we first settled in this wonderfully
growing country - The situation is most lovely &
every year improving - I think Joseph & my Nephew
Damtin Hutton will occupy our house & probably pay us
£100 pounds per annum -but no arrangement has yet been

[solicitorship?] worth £300 pounds per annum a nice
[----?] in their incomes - Two of Mrs Hincks nieces
the Misses Stewarts are at present spending some time
with the girls & they have great riding & chiving &
railing about - Four of them went out together on
horseback Joseph & Damtin being of the number - our
wheat was all safe in the barn on the 3rd or 4th of
Aug [August?] & our oats are being now cut but the
weather is very uncertain & the harvest a very fickle
one - the crops are very heavy - Fanny makes an
excellent farmer all things seem to prosper under her
hand - she is living witness that "the hand of the
diligent maketh rich" - We were glad to hear of the
welfare of the various parties at the seaside & that
they were all the better & happier for their sea air
- seaside rambles by children are rarely forgotten in
after years & the remembrance of them often recurs
with very pleasurable feelings - Natures phases there
are always deeply interesting to both young & old &
to Sarah the unbending & freedom from care would be
quite as useful as the sea air - your Mary would help
to slacken the bow string - & would be a tresure at a
watering place as indeed she would be elsewhere -
cheerfulness is a precious gift - I like to hear of
C's [?] children crying upon leaving their uncle it
speaks well for all parties & such feelings always
strengthen family ties no unimportant feature in the
"education" of a family in the proper sense of the
word - "educeus" drawing out the good properties - I
am a great advocate for strong family love a unity of
thoughts feelings & actions - It keeps many a youngster
from going astray - With what pleasure they will look
back upon visit - you did not mention whether William
of Grange went with Sarah or not or went down to
Portrush whilst she was there - Fanny thinks she would
not rest so without him - We have written to Willy about
the box - my own messanger [messenger?] put it on board
& W. [Willy?] was apprised of it - It is no doubt in one
of the stores - he neglected to enquire of it so long
that very probably it is covered up with other
merchandise - The vessel was bound direct for Toronto -
The cosignees will no doubt be able to tell him about it
- You enquire about my prize essay - Stanford publishes
it at his own risk & gives me half profits after paying
all costs - it will no doubt be out about the 1st Oct.
[October?] The Paris committee have bought about 100
copies of it or rather engaged them - I fear the
postage regulations have kept the prize essays from
being forwarded - I send you another edition today with

two beautiful maps showing the sea reduced from a
splendid map of immense dimensions sent to the Paris
exhibition I see will stand very hIgh there & very
deservedly - Both in minerals & agriculture we carry off
the palm except for Great Britain in agriculture
excelling all countries - I begin to think I have not
been one bit too sanguine about this Canada but a good
prophet for minerals we have won the great gold metal -
& very nearly equal Great Britain in agricultural produce
- Canada will now attract a great deal of attention - I
think your proposed plan of writing to Willie & your
advise "to come out from them & be seperate [separate?]"
if his companions habits be too expensive is very good
indeed - it will raise him in their estimation in his
employers & above all in his own as you justly remark. I
hope he will take your advice - & draw in his expenditure
- he might a point not to expend more tham [than?] £100
pounds per annum - a great abundance for any young man in
our rank - His father & Mother have both taken laudable
pains to teach their whole family to "cut their coats
according to their cloth" - & I have no doubt he will see
the propriety of doing so His encrease [increase?] in
salary has come at a most unfortunate time - just when he
requires it - I hope he will never require another
however happy he may be to receive it - I wonder whether
you take any interest in reading the Paris Exhibition
Committee reports about the Canada division - they are
very interesting to us - I wish you could go over to see
the whole affair -
We have decided that Fanny is to go home to Sidney on
Wednesday & I hope to follow her about the 17th or 18th -
Between that time & the 1st Nov. [November?] I shall be
in Sidney so that letters written after 21st of Oct.
[October?] will be addressed to me officially to Toronto
& all coming here up to that time will be forwarded to me
officially to Toronto & all coming here up to that time
will be forwarded to me free of expense as my head clerk
will remain here till 15th of Oct. [October?] It is
better not to write to us between the 5th & the 20th of
Oct. [October?] The Post Master here will have
instructions to forward letters to Toronto & I may not be
there - The Board of Agriculture for Canada West has
republished the essay for which I received the gold medal
& also the report for which I received that £15 prize They
only sent me one copy of the formal containing - If you
have not seen them I will send you a copy from Toronto -
but I think I sent them when they first came out -
You will see by my bargain with Stanford that I am
interested in the sale of the essay he is now publishing –

if you or Mr Chambers or any friend can forward the sale of
it [sic] it will be so much in my favor - I do not know what
price it will be - I have written to him to get him to
attach the maps the same as I send you today The publisher
has offered them at 5s [sterling?] each & I think they
would enhance the value more than to that amount & encrease
[increase?] the sale -
Much love to all around
yours boards & to all dear friends
regards to Brother Alexander
Your loving brother
William Hutton