|Robert Peel Dawson, New York to his parents.
|Irish Emigration Database
|Peel Dawson, Robert/127
|Peel Dawson, Robert
|New York, USA
|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.
|Aston House Hotel,
June 7th, 1839.
My dearest Parents,
Colonel Ellison has given Jodrell & myself two months leave of
absence, & we mean to spend it touring to Philadelphia, Baltimore, &
Washington. We left Montreal on Monday the third of June at nine in the
morning and arrived at New York on Wednesday the 5th at five in the evening.
Travelling in the States is carried out to the greatest prefection in regard
to both comfort & expedition. The night of Tuesday we passed at Albany, the
previous one on board the Steam Boat going down Lake Champlain. The
distance from Montreal to New York is 389 miles. I left England with the
impression that in that Country we could travel more expeditiously than in
any other, but I find myself greatly mistaken. The internal advantages of
this part of the World & the commercial habits of the people render steam
the common mode of conveyance. Rail roads are situated within one hundred
yards of the Wharfs, & the trains are ready to start as soon as the Steam
Packet stops. The scenery on Lake Champlain & the Hudson River is magnificent.
New York is a splended [splendid?] town, second only to London. Its Public
Buildings & streets are magnificent. The Broadway is as wide as our Oxford
Street & much Longer. New York possesses all the gaiety of Paris with the
cleanliness & solidity of London. There are public gardens, parks, theatres
& every species of amusement. The town exceeds in beauty Paris, Brussels,
Liverpool, Manchester & Dublin. The refinements of London are of course
wanting. The inhabitants are honest, civil & very hospitable. We met a
gentleman on board the steamer who holds the rank of General in the United
States who has been most kind & useful to us. He has protected us
from imposition & put us in the way of seeing everything. He served against
us in the last War. He has pressed us so anxiously to visit him at Richmond
in Virginia (four hundred miles from hence) that we have agreed to go with
him. We shall pass through the large towns we were desirous to see. We went
on board the Great Western which arrived at New York from Bristol in 13 days
& a half. She brought the interesting news of Uncle's appointment as
Premier & subsequent resignation.
Everyone I have seen & conversed with (& nothing else is spoken of) unites
in opinion that Sir Robert was perfectly right in refusing to retain Office
without the proofs he required of Her Majesty's confidence & support. All
approve of his dignified and honourable conduct. I have dined at all the
Hotels & enclose a Bill of Fare of our entertainment yesterday at the Table
d'Hote. Two hundred persons were seated at the dinner, the eatables were
excellent & well dressed.
God bless you all, ever my dearest Parents.
Your most attached & devoted
R.P.D. [Robert Peel Dawson?]