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Title: John Boyd, Canada, to Mrs & J.W. Stavely, [?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBoyd, John/21
SenderBoyd, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSt John, New Brunswick, Canada
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientStaveley, James W.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1558/1/8/4: Presented by the late F.D. Campbell Allen, Esq, 15 London Road, Harrow-on-the-hill, Middlesex
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9907212
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:07:99.
Word Count599
TranscriptS [Saint?] John Oct 14. 1867

My Dear Mrs. Stavely
I regret exceedingly that I
cannot accept your kind invitation to be
present on the occasion of Anne's wedding,
I know nothing that would give me greater
pleasure, but we are not our own in
this part of the World by any means,
and so I must forego this pleasure.
It is indeed a double pleasure that
Anne will be near you, and when
your husbands are wandering about enjoying
themselves and the pleasant scenes and
merry people of Ireland - you may remain
at home together chatting over their little
troubles and pleasures, and preparing your
happy homes for their return - how pleasant
it is after wandering about, to know we
can come home to those who care for us -
warm our slippers, sugar our tea - give
us a loving kiss, and are ready with all
the thousand and one little household and [C---?[
topics to amuse and [--------?] us - Oh these
women folks - they do love us poor
fellows, and we - I suppose like to be loved.
Well it is quite an event in a family -
the first Marriage, how the younger ones
wonder and look round in solemn awe
as if [Sinai?] with all its thunderings was to
be unfolded before them - No long faces
would I have in the house on such an
occasion "Begone dull care" should be
the burden of every song, for instead of
losing a daughter you will be gaining a
son, whom I hope will be like me
a dutiful, obedient loving little dear.
Mrs. Boyd intended writing to you this mail,
but she has just gone off the a Wedding
Party up the County all in a hurry,
and so it must lay over until present
time; she desired me to give her kindest
regards to you all, and especially at present
to our dear friend Anne - How
much we would both of us like to be
present. What lots of Weddings we
have had this year out here - the
young people are really getting crazy
and we know not where it will end.
However we are married, as that trouble
is even in our case, and we might both
be glad of it; for it is such a bother
to decide what one shall wear, who to
invite - how to sustain the guests - how to
pluck up courage to say the solemn words
of agreement +c +c +c [etc.], O dear I'm glad I
have it over for I was so scared. Now
don't tell Anne anything about this, as it
is all private and confidential between us -
How does Mr Mc Carrol get on with his
little family? Poor man he must have
his hands full - and how is that [p-----?]
who has such a sweet voice, and the third
wife? Do you ever think of Dr. Morgan's
sermon of that afternoon - How often we have
spoken about it - it was the kind of
preaching that I like to hear now and
then, and only an old man can preach
such sermons. So you have been again
at the seaside - Dear be with that
white stone, and all the pleasant places
around Warren Point - Can you manage
next year to come out to a pic nic [picnic?]
in S [Saint?] John - Did you see the account
of the one we [Covenanters?] had here?
Kindest regards to all at home in [S--gall?]
Place and [-----?] me [my?] dear Mr. Stavely
Yours very truly
John Boyd