|Robert Peel Dawson, Montreal to his parents.
|Irish Emigration Database
|Peel Dawson, Robert/119
|Peel Dawson, Robert
|Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|T 850/1: Obtained from Mrs Brackenbury, Moyola Park, Castledawson, Co. Londonderry.
|The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
|Document added by LT, 09:05:1994.
My dearest Parents,
I never allow the Great Western Steamer to leave this Continent
unaccompanied by a letter from me to those I best love in the World.
Your account of dearest George's illness would have frightened me much had I
not at the same time received the assurance of his recovery. Dearest Mamma's
unequalled kindness & attention to her sick son filled me with gratitude
and affection and I have written to congratulate him upon having been
attended by so anxious & tender & judicious a Nurse. I sincerely hope that
George for the future will be more cautious of health and more prudent than
he has been.
Nothing has happened in the Political World here. Peace and Order have
been preserved by the admirable management of Sir John Colborne. Our
Battalion gave last week a great Ball in the Mess Room, which went off
admirably. We invited every one [everyone?] in the two distinct circles of
French & English Society. About three hundred persons were present. Our
Rooms, five in number & ensuite, were ornamented in the most expensive style.
The supper was excellent and the Champagne & Roman Punch were thought so
excellent that both our female as well as male guests were tempted to exceed
the bounds of temperance. I never ceased dancing from nine o'clock till four,
except during the hour of supper. We ornamented our Barracks very expenisvely
not even Willis's far famed Rooms could boast more accommodation or greater
splendour of decoration. But alas! there ended the competition. Our own
beautiful Countrywomen have no equals.
The Non-Commissioned officers gave an entertainment to their friend
two nights after. We all attended it, & without vanity, I may add that no
set of men are so popular with & so respected by the inhabitants of Montreal
as the Second Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. I shall be very sorry
to leave this place & the house I have engaged with Captain Jodrell &
Wynyard. The country about Quebec is prettier but Montreal is, I think, to
be preferred as a Town of residence.
God bless you all, my best & most valued of parents & brothers.
Ever your most attached & devoted
R. P. D. [Robert Peel Dawson?]