|Robert Peel Dawson, England to his mother.
|Irish Emigration Database
|Peel Dawson, Robert/196
|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 22:10:1993.
My dearest dearest Mamma
I expected to receive a letter from you to-day, and it was with feeling
of the greatest gratitude and affection I read the one which arrived from
you this morning. The tone of it is so kind that I cannot sufficiently
express my thanks for it, and the advice it contains I shall carefully store
up & follow to the extent of my power. For my sake dearest Mamma you must
keep up your spirits and anticipate the time, however remote, that we shall
meet again. But I will dwell no longer on these subjects but tell you all
that has passed since we parted on Monday morning. The whole of that day we
marched steadily on. The weather was fine and the air refreshing and we
reached Epsom at half past one in the Afternoon without any accident.
Tuesday morning at seven we again commenced our march and went on well till
breakfast. At eleven the sun became so powerful and the dust so oppressive
that the most horrid scenes of fatigue and suffering met my eyes. The
Privates were fainting in all directions, and their exhausted looks and the
dirty melancholy languor which prevailed throughout the detachment made me
heartily glad to find ourselves in Guildford at half past two o'clock. There
we slept and proceeded on Wednesday in the same miserable plight to Alton.
On Thursday we again started and for the poor men's sake I was delighted
when at four o'clock we arrived at Winchester. Nothing could exceed their
misery during the three days, particularly on the last and I am justified in
dating my Campaigning from Monday. The Officers enjoyed themselves much
during the march. I carried a soldier's knapsack for two days - the tired
man could not do it himself. Colonel Lyster carried both knapsack and musket
during the four days' march. He was most amusing during the whole time, and
the way in which he rallied and encouraged the men convinced me that in
Service he would prove an excellent Officer. I am all the better for the
exercise I have taken. I will write when the day of our embarkation is fixed
and send you the lock of hair you desire. God bless you dearest Mama. Think
of me and love me always as you do now.
Ever your very affectionate Son
Robert Peel Dawson.