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Title: George Kirkpatrick, Kingston, to Rev G Kirkpatrick, Co Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileKirkpatrick, George Airey/18
SenderLit. Col. Sir George Airey
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer, barrister
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
DestinationCraigs, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev George Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1424/11: Purchased From Mr John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast 15. #TYPE EMG George Kirkpatrick, Kingston, Canada, to His Uncle, Reverend George Kirkpatrick, Hazelbank, Craigs, Cullybackey, County Antrim, Ireland. 25 September 1880.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9004016
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log25:04:1990 JM created 13:08:1990 1C input 14:08:19
Word Count625
TranscriptTo: Revd [Reverend?] George Kirkpatrick
Co. Antrim, Ireland.

Kingston Canada
25 September 1880.

My Dear Uncle George.
I have been so long
in your debt for a letter that
I am ashamed almost to
address you, but the time
of the year has come round
that reminds me of my
pleasant trip to Hazelbank
and I venture to write to
you. Though not in direct
communication with you
I often hear of you and
your sons and their
families. When my week's
work is done, and Frank
has done his Sunday work
we two meet at any
house for Sunday Evening
Supper and talk over
family matters.
Hazelbank and its sunny
memories often forms
the topic of our conversation
and any bit of news
about you is communicated.
Last Sunday evening we
had a visitor, who walked,
just as we had finished
Supper, in the person of
John Noble. He is looking
as young as ever: takes
the world and its cares
and troubles very lightly
and goes through life
whistling. He is going to
receive I believe, a very
good government
appointment as Inspector
of Petroleum with a salary
of about £400 Sterling
a year; that is a good
deal in this cheap country.
Last week we had a visit
from Revd. Dr. [Reverend Doctor?] Bell; of Kells,
but his stay in Kingston
was very short. He was at
Montreal at the time of the
triennial meeting of our
Provincial Synod, and
addressed us for a short
time on the state of the Irish
church. The Provincial Synod
comprises Seven bishops
and representatives, lay
and clerical, from six
dioceses extending from
Lake Superior to Nova
Scotia. He have a great
work to undertake in
the North West, and if our
Church is to occupy
foremost place in that
Country we must be up
and doing - we must
supply funds for Missionaries.
The Presbyterians and
Methodists are busy, and
have voted large sums
of money to Extend their Churches
among the new Settlers.
You have heard no doubt
of Helen Brown's return
to Scotland. Her little girl
was not well last winter and
caused Helen much
anxiety, and hastened
her return to Scotland
where with native air
her health seems to be
restored. The air of Canada
seemed to be too Exhilarating
for her, and the brain was
too active and Excited.
We Canadians, I suppose,
have not so much brain
but lots of room is left
in our craniums for
Expansion and contraction
under the varying Extremes
of temperature to which
we are subject.
Brother Alexander is very
well in health, though
he has not regained, and
I fear never will, the
use of his legs. He is able
to attend to his business
and goes to his office
nearly every day.
Frank is thin as ever,
but ever active and on
the move, going about
doing good. He is greatly
beloved in his parish, and
is very happy - Stafford
and his bright wife live
near me, and take the
world easily - they have two
little girls to help to brighten
their home. Tom lives
at Ottawa and having no
encumbrances he manages
to get on very well. Our
branch of the family seems
to have been very conservative
and, remained close together
in or near quiet Kingston.
It is rather an unusual
instance in this country
Where there is a great tendency
for families to divide
and scatter over the world
I hope Alexander and
his good wife and
George and his good wife
and their respective
bairns are quite well.
How is Alexander's deafness?
Alexander of [Coolmines?]
as I hear, been fortunate
in his choice, and no doubt
he did a wise thing to get
someone to rule in his
With kind regards to all
your circle.
Believe me dear Uncle
Yours faithfully
George Kirkpatrick,

To Rev.[Reverend?] Geo.[George?] Kirkpatrick