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Title: George Kirkpatrick, Toronto, to Cousin Alexander [Co Antrim?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileKirkpatrick, George Airey/15
SenderLit. Col. Sir George Airey
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer, barrister
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
DestinationCraigs, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev Alexander Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1424/11: Purchased From Mr John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast 15. #TYPE EMG George Kirkpatrick, Toronto, Canada, to His Cousin Alexander [Reverend Alexander Kirkpatrick, Craigs Rectory, Co. Antrim?]. 11 October 1871.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9004013
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log18:04:1990 JR created 13:08:1990 MC input 24:08:19
Word Count478
TranscriptTo: Alexander[?]

October 11th 1871

My dear Alexander
Immediately on
receipt of your letter of Sep [September?] 9th
asking me to make inquiries
about the relatives of a poor
woman in your parish. I wrote
[wrote?] a letter to the said
Wm. [William?] Montgomery stating what
you mentioned in your letter
& giving him your address
I directed my letter to Glenwilliam
(this is a post office there)
but I have had no answer.
I think it would be the
height of madness for the
woman to think of coming
out to this country to look
for her brother until she hears
directly from him. I can hardly
fancy he can be living there
or he would have answered the
[the?] letter - when your father
wrote to me last year. I wrote
to the postmaster of I think
that very place & his answer
was that he knew no such
person - at least that is my
impression, he will probably
remember if it is the same.
A most fearful calamity
has just overtaken Chicago
it has been literally swept
from the face of the earth -
in less than twenty four
hours - between sixty and
seventy churches have been
burnt, all the Banks
newspaper offices & shops
waterworks destroyed and
150.000 persons homeless
Today we are enveloped
in dense smoke which is
probably that of the burning
city - All the American
cities are coming forward
nobly to send relief & assistance.
the origin of the fire was a
boy upsetting a lamp in a
stable when milking a cow.
We are all well - I have
three boys now - all fine
healthy fellows thank God.
Lexie is just beginning
to go to a little school to learn
a little - but he is too young
to attempt much.
Morgan is living just
opposite to us - he is very
well- he is very eccentric
but a very good fellow -
we have just had a wedding
in our house. May's sister
Lizzie was married to
Charles Foster a cousin of ours.
they are living quite close
to us - they have just
returned from their wedding
trip- we have had a very
dry summer, hardly any
rain - the ground is quite
dry yet. the leaves are all
falling fast we had a
frost at the end of September
which cut off all the
tender flowers, but Stocks
Petunias and Geraniums all
in full blossom still. I am very
fond of gardening we have a small
garden - enough to keep us in vegetables
& a grass plot on two sides of the house -
we play croquet occasionally but I
have not much time for it -
give my love to Uncle Aunt, George
& his wife - & with the same to yourself
& Alicia in which May joins me
believe me ever your affectionate
Geo [George?] B Kirkpatrick