|Robert Peel Dawson, Montreal to his parents.
|Irish Emigration Database
|Peel Dawson, Robert/126
|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 JM 25:10:1993.
|Montreal June 2nd, 1839
My dearest dearest Parents,
How all my thoughts, affections & wishes have during this day been
centered in you! I have fancied you & my brothers assembled together &
desiring for me every possible good on this my attainment of the age of
Twenty-One. From my birth I have received from you kindness, affection &
care unequalled and my anxious desire from this moment will be, to evince my
grateful sense of your goodness & to endeavour in every way permitted to me,
to repay it. How delighted I should have been to have passed to this day
with my beloved parents & brothers & to have seen no one but them, but as
that pleasure has been denied me, I shall at all events tell you what have
been my occupations. In the morning my Company was ordered to attend the
Roman Catholic Church. High Mass was celebrated. To conciliate the
inhabitants, Sir John Colborne ordered the Troops to be present on this
(Palm Sunday) whilst the ceremony of Raising the Host was performed. This
lasted five hours. In the afternoon we of course went to the Protestant
Church & this occupied us till nearly the hour of dinner. My health was
proposed & drank with full honours. I have sent for my dearest Mamma as
testimonies of my devoted affection & as remembrances of this day,
different articles of American Work. They are executed by the ancient Tribe
& come all the way from the far west, some thousands of miles from hence. I
know that they will be valued & accepted as proofs that I appreciate with
gratitude all my dearest Mamma's kindness & affection. I can never express
half that I feel on that subject. Give George the Cigar Case with my best
Your most affectionate & attached son,
R.P. [Robert Peel?] Dawson.