|John Boyd, St John, New Brunswick to Mr. Stavely, Belfast
|Irish Emigration Database
|St John, New Brunswick, Canada
|Staveley, James W.
|D1558/1/8/3: The Papers of William John Campbell Allen, Deposited by the Late F.D. Campbell Allen Esq., 15 London Road, Harrow-on-the-hill, Middlesex
|The Public Record Office, N.Ireland
|Document added by LT, 01:11:99.
|St John NB [New Brunswick?] March 5. 1860
My Dear Mr Stavely.
I think you owe me
a letter, but I know you will not mind
it, if I write while you are still in my
debt. You may probably hear from your
brother or his wife - if not then I am the
first to give you the news. Then let me
preface with this remark. On bended knee
night and morning, thank God, that poor
Anne was saved from the name of Hunter.
Robert was married last September - his wife
went to live in the house with his mother
and Sisters, the latter two awful tempered
creatures. She has had a Cat's life since.
She cannot call her house her own or scarcely
ask a friend to see her - the other day she
wanted a fire in her bed room; it being
cold, and she being poorly. "Your room
indeed" said the Sister sneeringly, "when
did it become yours", and then after this
the sisters wd.[would?] get round, and toady
to poor Robert, and do what they could to turn
the current of his affection (if it (sic) indeed
it flowed toward her) from wife to them
The other day Mrs. Hunter's sister called
Called (sic) at the house - she took an apple, and
then Mrs. Hunter told her to take some home
with her - this was told Robert when he
returned. A row followed - it was carried
to bed; a Certain lecture followed - Robert
says she shook him, and then he kicked
her out of bed, and therefore, the next
morning, she went home to her mammy.
She required some Clothing and Sent for
them, when he replied that she should
not have them unless she first returned the
Gold Watch and Chain he had given her !!!!!
She remained away a week, but has now
gone back. I saw them in the Street
last Sabbath together. She looked very poorly
and he looked like a leopard that had [sensed?]
its prey. He says he will not give up
his present mode of life, away from his
mother and Sisters for any woman living.
The feeling among many of us is, that we
would like to give him a Coat of tar and
feathers ; but the fellow is not worth the
expense. I know Mrs. Stavely will be
indignant to think that such a fellow ever
dared to think of Anne. Be rather
thankful that she is under the roof of
those, who will at least, never kick her out of bed.
And now how are You all Mr. McCaukey
Mrs. S. Anne, Janey Willy & Baby. Kind love to
all yourself included, in which my Anne joins.
Your friends here are all well - the Communion
was held last Sabbath. I was at the morning
Services, but not at the evening as Lawson
preached. I have had my hands full this Winter
in lecturing etc Some reports of some of these
matters, you will see in some of our papers.
A friend of mine wishes me to get him 2 or
3 dozen pairs nice " Irish Bogwood & Diamond
Bracelets ". Would you please ask Mr. W.
W. Houston to get such at some one of
the Wholesale places in belfast and put
them in the Box of Muslins, he is making
up for us. I suppose you or Mrs Stavely
would not have time to get them, and as
Mr Houston is putting up muslins for us, he
could do it. I hope your Father is better
My mother has been quite poorly all Winter,
has not been out of the door for three
months. Will be glad to hear from you
or any of the family. Mr Daniel is now
in England, and he promised me to make a
letter parcel at your House.
Yours Very truly
Kind remembrances to Mr & Mrs. Hamilton
etc when you see them.