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Title: E. Savage, Brooklyn to Prof. G.F. Savage Armstrong, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSavage, Edmund/12
SenderSavage, Edmund
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginParkville (Brooklyn), New York, USA
DestinationCo. Wicklow, Ireland
RecipientArmstrong, G.F.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshippenfriends (Mr Savage provides information
SourceD 618/152: Presented by Major R. Savage Armstrong, Strangford House, Strangford, Co.Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9702137
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 10:02:97.
Word Count618
TranscriptBROOKLYN N.Y.
MAY 30
FLATBUSH STA.[Despatch postmark 30 May 1901?]

Prof. Geo. F. Savage Armstrong,
No.1, Sydenham Villa,
June 1st.

JU 8
01 [Dublin arrival postmark 8 June 1901?]

Parkville, Kings Co. N.Y.[New York?]
May 30th 1901

My Dear Sir,
I duly and pleasurably
received your favour, mailed at Bray on
24th ult., addressed to me at Albany,
from whence it was forwarded to my
present abode as above.
My Mother died rather unexpectedly
after a weeks illness Dec 11th, 1893, having
nearly completed her 88th year, and being
the sole survivor of our family, I moved
in the spring of 1895 to this place to reside
with the remnant of my uncle's family -
the late John Savage. My uncle married
my mother's sister. Our village is a
suburb of the borough of Brooklyn and
is in the corporate limit of the city of
New York and within ten minutes ride
of the Manhattan and Brighton beaches
on the Atlantic coast.
My father, the late James Savage who
came to this country in 1817 from County
Derry, Ireland, was the son of Robert Savage and
Isabella Ewing. Grandfather Robert, who was the son of
William Savage, had eight children, four sons named
respectively James (My father and the eldest of the
family), William, Robert, and John (who was the
youngest of the children); and the four daughters were
Mary, Isabella, Jane, and Nancy: William and Robert of the
sons, and Isabella and Jane of the daughters never
married. My aunt Isabella died Mar 3rd 1900. I enclose
herein a cutting from the Mid-Ulster Mail, Cookstown,
being one of the several Newspaper obituary notices
sent to me. In her last letter to me dated January 31,
1898, Aunt Bell mentioned that she was the last of her name
so far as she knew, in her vicinity. You will notice
that my grandfather and great grandfather bore the name of
William, the first Savage who came to the province of
Ulster, and Robert, upon whom Edward III conferred the
extensive manor.
The list of publications which you
enclosed show that you have been exceedingly
industrious in your literary work.
Of course, I have heard of Longman's
Green & Co., your publishers, and although
they appear to have a branch in New York
as well as London and Bombay, I do not
remember ever having seen their publications
here. They do not give their location
in our city, but I shall enquire, when in
the neighbourhood of the publishing houses and
booksellers, and learn if they have a representative
here. By the same mail which
carries this letter, I send copy of "The Sun"
issued 19th and containing an article (marked)
under the caption "Once a Bonaparte's Home",
which related some incidents in the life of Ex
King Joseph Bonaparte while in exile in America,
and his American wife Annette Savage. I remember
the time when Annette's daughter was received
by Napoleon III, and the Empress, and the
publication of the decree of legitimacy. It is
quite a romantic story which I thought would interest
you, and one that had possibly escaped your knowledge
or notice. I do not know what branch of the family
Annette belonged to. All residents of Philadelphia
(styled the Quaker City) are dubbed "Quakers".
My grandfather Robert had a brother John, and some of
his family and a daughter emigrated to Philadelphia at
an early date, probably towards the latter part of the
18th century. Never heard father say anything about
Philadelphia Savages, and yet that City was quite a Mecca
for Irish immigrants in early days, especially those
engaged in the weaving industry, who generally settled
in the Kensington district.
I suppose that old functionary and inconstant changeling
"still remains" -"That whatsoever King shall reign
Still I'll be the Vicar of Bray, Sir"
- and yet survives?
Thanking you for the Evidence of your remembrance,
I am Yours Sincerely,
Edmund Savage.