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Title: Robert Peel Dawson, Quebec to his parents.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePeel Dawson, Robert/91
SenderPeel Dawson, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginQuebec, Canada
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceT 850/1: Obtained from Mrs Brackenbury, Moyola Park, Castledawson, Co. Londonderry.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8950006
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:10:1993.
Word Count246
June 2d, 1838
My dearest Parents,
I cannot allow the second of June the Anniversary of my birth to pass
without writing to express to you my love and gratitude. It is melancholy
to think that I am far removed from you on this day. I know that you will
recollect me & feel assured that my thoughts and affections are all yours.
When shall we meet again? News is just arrived that the Americans have taken
and burnt a steam vessel belonging to the English called after our dear
relative Sir Robert Peel. It was a fine vessel worthy of the distinguished
name it bore. She was carrying specie to the amount of five thousand
pounds from one station to the other. This they stole, the passengers they
stripped of their clothes & turned them naked into the woods.
One lady on board who had just been confined asked to retain a blanket for
herself and baby and she was answered by the thrust of a bayonet which
entered her back and wounded her severely. Everyone thinks that the
Grenadier Guards will be moved up the country to protect the Border. I wish
we may see little active service, but do not be alarmed, dearest Mamma, I
shall run no unnecessary risks, though I hope I shall always be one of the
first to do my duty. God bless you all - ever, but particularly on this
From your most attached & devoted Son,
Robert Peel Dawson.

(He was twenty years old on June 2nd, 1838)