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Title: Richard Rothwell, Senior, Boston, to Rosa Rothwell, Ireland, 1855
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRothwell, Richard Sr/1
SenderRothwell, Richard Sr.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBoston, Mass., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientRothwell, Rosa
Recipient Genderfemale
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9309128
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 01:09:1993
Word Count1214
TranscriptBoston. January 3rd 1855

My dearest Rosa,
You will have suffered great pain of mind before this reach
you. you with me will recollect this season. at this very time are dear
Isabella was lying ill. I with out a thought that she was so near her
dissolution. it makes the time sacred to me. and I feel fully that I have a
great duty to perform. which I am now entering on with all energy and I take up my [pen?] to try to impress on you that I shall accomplish. I know you and William, and Mr Porter will condemn me for my run to the west. I do not think that I did wrong. and a little time will convince you that it was not so imprudent. - I commence a sort of diary to you to show how I occupy myself. last evening cold as it was, I wrote three or four letters. one to Mr Sumner another to Doctor Peabody, and delivered it to him enclosing the extract from a "London paper". and then returned to my painting room. When Mr Cotton my friend, sat for an hour. I think I have caught him. at half past ten my friend, "Father Taylor" sat to me. he is a character who is known to every body here and liked for his peculiar power. he sat to me until 12 when he was obliged to go and " christen a ship" of large tonnage that was about to be launched Mr Cotton again came up from his "Store" and sat for a little time. "When Mrs field called at my request. by a note. in which I said that I had a rough subject in Father Taylor and as I wished to keep my mind up to graces which I once aimed at taking by the hand I should like to try to portray Mrs Field. Who is a young wife and pretty. She came at half past three and remained until ten minutes of five. So you see I have work in me still, and I am fresh after my four sitters, all this is only trial work but if I make a hit , I am sure of success. the painters have all been to the Shop to see your head and mine. they are beginning to shake their heads at them and say " ha.ha, those are something ." so you see in the first place, my absence has not been lost.- Whilst Mr Cotton was sitting, Doctor Peabody called on me to ask me to spend the evening with him to meet a party of men
of some note who meet alternately every Wednesday at each others houses, I
shall ask him act? I feel the more I have to do the more I can do, you shall see that I can and will do it: the society here is agreeable all that I have seen of it has pleased me and would you. I shall now give you a copy of my note to Mr Sumner, which I enclose to morrow [tomorrow] to Doctor Howe =
(Boston, Jan 1s [1st] 1855,
to Hon [Honourable] the Charles Sunnir.)