|Title:||Alexander Mackey, Co. Antrim to Henry Johnson, Canada West|
|Collection||Irish Emigration Database|
|Origin||Co. Antrim, N.Ireland|
|Source||T 3081: 11th letter: Purchased from the Metropolitan Toronto Central Library, 214 College Street, Toronto, Canada M5T 1R3|
|Archive||The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland|
|Log||Document added by LT, 27:09:95.|
|Transcript|| Antrim, May 29, 1849|
Dear Henry: -
I was glad to see by one of your letters that you had
joined the Teetotal Society. This is a good beginning and
a preparation towards regaining all you once possessed of
vital religion. Godliness in the heart & its fruits in the
life - and you have nothing to fear. You belong then to the
family of God and he never forgets to protect, to provide
and to save. Should I not see you for some time it will be
glad news for me to hear that you have become steadfast and
immovable and abound in the work of the Lord. You may be
usual in Canada to others as well as to your own family.
When the capabilities, the Highest has given you receive
their proper direction, you may be very useful in the New
Still, I acknowledge I would much rather have you and
your family in Antrim. This however cannot be at present.
But should you find that you do not get along in Canada as
you might wish we might see you and yours here.
Your debts are not great in amount and very gladly would
I assist you to pay them all as soon as the most High gives
I am sure it would be a gratification to you to owe no
man anything and to me it would be a source of gratification
to aid you. I donnot [do not?] despair of seeing this
We will trust God & take courage.
This day Thomas Hall who was with Alexander has left for
Belfast. He is to proceed this night to Liverpool and thence
to London. From London he is to sail for New Zealand. You
will remember that Mrs. Hall went thither last year. She has
written very favourable of the place. This has been the
inducement to Thomas. Young Walker, who was with Mr. McEleath,
went in the same vessel with her. He got œ80 a year, Board
& Lodging on his arrival and is to has [have?] œ100 the second
Daniel Bowman, the youngest son of Mrs. Bowman of
Carrickfergus goes with Thomas Hall. He was sometime with
Alexander also. They are to sail from London on 1st, of June.
Thus is the land deserted of her sons and her daughters. May
their new abodes be more prosperous than the old and may they be
useful in extending the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus.
I would be glad you would write me after the arrival of
Mrs. Johnson and the children that we may know where you are
and what you are doing. I have written to Mr. John Matthewson
of Montreal with whom Thomas was for sometime. If you need
a situation perhaps he might be of use in assisting you to
procure one. I have not much personal acquaintance with him
but I know him to be a Wesleyan and an influential man in his
But however it may be with you keep God upon your side
and all will work to-gether for good. Farewell. Praying
that thus you may live in the Divine power and be prepared
to dwell with him forever.
I am, ever truly yours
Your mother is at my hand, weeping and sends her love and
blessing to you.