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Title: J. Mulligan, New Brunswick, Canada, to J. Mulligan, Banbridge, Co.Down
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMulligan, J/97
SenderMulligan, J
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew Brunswick, Canada
DestinationBanbridge, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientMulligan, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1757/2/2: Presented by Mrs J.Todd Martin, Cushendall, Co.Antrim
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9502084
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:02:1995.
Word Count821
TranscriptTo: Mr James Mulligan,
Lisnasligan [Lisnasliggan?]

New Brunswick July 9th 1829
Dear Uncle
You requested me in your last to write to you
frequently, in compliance with this request I write to you
again though I have not yet received any answer to my last.
I will not however insist on your returning letter for letter,
And though I would be glad if you would write as often as
practicable I will consider it my duty to continue the
correspondence on my side even should you remit it still more
than you have done. I have been informed by a letter from
William of Robert's death, an event which your last letter and
his lead me to anticipate as not far distant; and of the state
of his own health which seems to me highly calculated to incite
alarm. I hope my apprehensions may prove unfounded, but
I do not like to hear of one who has to subract [subtract?] weekly
to so much encition [exertion?] lungs attacked by a long and
severe cold. I have advised him to take a journey if he should be
so threatened again. And I think his friends at home would do
well to urge him to the same cause. I wrote a letter to Robert
in April last, which I suppose that some of my friends have got,
in which I sent all the information which I could procure
respecting William Dobbin, which amounts to this I can hear
nothing of his history since I saw him in the spring of the
year 1824. His old aquaintance Wm [William?] Gordon in
Rochester is apprehensive that he is dead. When I saw
him He talked of visiting Ireland some time soon. I have
as yet received no answer to the letter which I wrote at
your request to David MacGill & family. I have begun to
despair of ever receiving any from them. Since I came to
this country I have written to them at least half a dozen
letters to which I have received but one answer that which
I transmitted to you. I will write again if you wish it. I
enpect [expect?] to send this by Mr Demsey [Dempsey?] whom
you will no doubt see & who will be able to give you much
entertainment and satisfaction respecting this country in
general, and any situation prospects Ac. Now if you were
to send a letter for them by him it would be as certain to
reach them as mine. I think you wrote to me that you sent a
letter to them by some person who was going far back in the
country. Now this was by no means so good a way to have sent
it to the letter bag of a ship. The chance of it being lost
by a private conveyance or of its being forgotten or neglected
is ten times greater than of its being miscarried if you send
it by the ship. When you send a letter by anyone coming out
here, encept [except?] he is about to go direct to the person
to whom you are writting [writing?, just desire them to go
put it in the letter beg of the ship. This gives the bearer
less trouble and increases much the probability of your
letter reaching its correct destination. I have nothing new
to communicate respecting my circumstances. Mr Demsey [Dempsey?]
can give you as I have said full satisfaction on that subject
& to him I refer you. I suppose you feel very little interest
in our political squabbles on this side the Atlantic. I take
very little myself - so much so that I have not yet become a
naturalised citizen though I might have enjoyed that privilege
five years ago. As far as I can see it is not likely ever to
be my wish to take any practical past in the politics of this
country. Those who take the most active part in them and who
are most successful in struggling for a few [crimils?]
from the nation mal treasury are generally men contemptible not
only in the eyes of foreigners like me - but of all good &
intelligent citizens - The fact is that the rude, the noisy,
the arrogant, the unprincipled &c generally rule the roast
[roost?] - And the prudent, moderate, and well informed and
virtuous part of the community have to look on with as much
equanimity as they can command. The present is a time of
considerable pecuniary embarrasment here owing in a
considerable degree to the failure of last years crop -
Our manufacturers are nearily as loud in their complaints
as those in England notwithstanding all the advantages which
it was supposed they would reap from the late tariff.
I intend if possible to send some pamphlets with Mr Demsey
[Dempsey?], of which I wish all my friends to have a reading
of as many as may interest them.
I am affectionately
Your nephew