|Robert Peel Dawson, Quebec to his parents.
|Irish Emigration Database
|Peel Dawson, Robert/110
|Peel Dawson, Robert
|T 850/1: Obtained from Mrs Brackenbury, Moyola Park, Castledawson, Co. Londonderry.
|The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
|Document added by JM 25:10:1993.
|Quebec, Nov. 5th 1838
My dearest dearest Parents,
I have only time to write news which I fear will be annoying to your
feelings. The state of the Country is so unsettled and alarming that Sir
John Colbourne has ordered five hundred men of our Regiment to be
immediately removed to a position where the invasion is expected. My Company
is one ordered upon this duty. Keep up your spirits, my dearest dearest
Friends, I shall be under the protection of the Almighty. I shall do my duty
and gain credit I hope for doing so. But depend upon it, that for your sakes
I shall run no unnecessary risks. My thoughts will be always occupied by
you & the recollection that I never formed a wish in my life that was not
gratified & accomplished by you. No human being ever possessed Parents so
affectionate & so devoted. No gratitude of mine can adequately repay you for
the thousand proofs of kindness & generosity I have received from you. My
last & most fervent prayers will be for your happiness. The thought of you
almost unmans me. Convey to my darling brothers my unchanged love and
affection. They will I hope always be a comfort to you. Once more, God bless
my dearest, most affectionate Mamma, my kind, most considerate Father.
Yours for ever & ever
Robert Peel Dawson.
We are at this moment ordered off. I am on Guard and shall not be
liberated till we march.