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Title: Fanny Stewart, Canada to Her Sister [Location?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStewart, Fanny/7
SenderStewart, Fanny
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPeterborough, Ontario, Canada
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD. 1604/327: Presented by Rev. Robert Kirkpatrick, Breezemount, The Roddens, Larne, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9012057
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by B.W. 06:12:1993
Word Count1531

31st Jany [January?] 1872

My dearest Sister
I think this is my week for
writing to you - so I will make a beginning
& have it going on in case I have any way
of having it posted this week - I know
you always grow anxious if you dont hear
and indeed in these wonderful times, one
cannot help feeling anxious about any friends
not just beside one - I never knew so many
deaths or so much illness as there seem to be
now in every direction & every where
some very sudden deaths too, quite without
any apparent illness - Genl [General?] McDonald who
has been about a year in Peterboro [Peterborough?] - died
last week - he seemed perfectly well & had
been out walking about the town - he was
just sitting down to dinner at his own table
when he fell down _ & instantly life was gone
- he was an elderly man - strong & healthy
but apoplexy caused his death --
Scarlet fever is very prevalent, but that
we have all had - it seem very fatal now
& small pox is coming on, all through
Canada as well as other places -
I have just had Henrys two youngest
Flora & Darcy vaccinated but it is almost
impossible to get pure infection - I hope
what Dr Burritt had was good - he said
he said [sic] he was assured it had been
taken from a Cow - I wish you could
have seen Darcy - he came running up
to me to tell me he was going to Dr Burritts
- he is such a handsome fine looking
boy - his cheeks as rosy as health and
frosty air could make them & his lovely
eyes - so dark & soft looking - not at all
fiery - but soft - sweet looking - he is such
a loving little coaxer - but you will laugh
at me for praising my wee boy - " its no
matter ma'am" - you are a Grannie now
yourself & I daresay you can praise

your boy too! - And so poor Gerrie [Geraldine?] is
really "on for another" she is determined
not to lose time - it seems
to belong to the Kirkpatrick family -
I suppose you have heard of Kate Dennistown
having had her 3d [3rd?] since she
returned from Scotland or Ireland
7 children & only 9 years married!!!
Ellen was there one day lately & she says
it is a sight worth seeing - to see the young
mother with such a set of wee things
round her - Annie K [Kirkpatrick?] is staying now
with Kate - she met Mr Beggs lately
in Kingston & heard about all of you
from him - I should fear that
our rigorous winters would be too
severe for one of that delicate family
so many of them have died of consumption
- here is dinner so goobye for
the present -
Thursday Morning 1st Feby [February?] - Well dearest
dinner stopped me yesterday at noon - and
I never took pen in hand after - my cold was
very heavy & my eyes pouring water so that
must by my excuse for the horrid writing &
all other misdemeanours of the other leaf
Peterboro [Peterborough?] has been in a state of great
excitement with those Evangelist who made a long stay
there and I hope have done some good - but this
has to be proved in time - I have not heard
them - but no doubt all they say is excellent
& true - & they make all as plain as possible
as their language is plain & straight forward
Mr Carroll is a married man & a very nice
person I am sure - he is gentle & pursuasive
Mr Russell the other gentleman is strong &
very forcible - but what he says is pure
Gospel Truth - & both use good language
Mr Carroll is a Baptist & I think a Minister
but Mr Russell belongs to no particular church
& is not a clergyman - only a lay preacher
he is young handsome & very musical
with a fine voice - so it is my notion that
some of his young lady hearers [listeners?] are actually
in love with him - more than really
effected [affected?] by his preaching - but they have

attended all his meetings & have heard him
in private houses & at evening parties - & so
have wept for him when leaving Peterboro [Peterborough?]
last week _ & have given up dancing &c
Of course there is a party division now
one side warmly for the Evangelist & the
other for our regular churches & clergymen
many Episcopalians have been constant
attendants at their meetings - & are quite
excited in defense [defence?] of those people - Ellen &
Mary Dunlop amongst others - Mary has
always been a very quiet girl & never cared
for going to parties & never would dance - see
that is not so great a change in her -
however they are gone - there was also a
Miss Lowe, who came to Peterboro [Peterborough?] with some
of the children from Miss Macphersons
School of Industry & assylum [asylum?] for the little
vagrant children in London - she is one
who I think must do good - she had
meetings twice a week for ladies only
or females I mean - she was daughter
to Sir Hudson Lowe & was at St Helena
when Napoleon was prisoned there, she is
a very charming person I am sure, & a
delightful companion - She was sent
for by Telegraph to go to attend some patients
in Smallpox in Ottawa or Kingston & so
she went off in a hurry - she is quite
an elderly lady - & very quiet & retiring in
her manner - she joined with Mr Russell
when he was here - but she goes about
wherever she can to do good - & gains friends
& live where ere she goes - Another preacher
of that kind has come lately & takes Mr
Russells place - & is as popular - he is
a Mr Gough a nephew of Lord Gough - & in
very bad health - but tries to preach
I believe he is an Episcopal clergyman -
but none of the churches will admit any
of these men to preach in
their pulpits - so there is always some
disagreeable opposition - We are so far
from town we are out of the way of these
people - & I am glad of it in one way - tho [though?] I
shod [should?] have liked to hear them - because they
certinly did explain the nature of Redemption

& the Atonement very clearly - but I have
not been out since the winter before last
you see my cold is not quite over
yet but is much better -
Notwithstanding that crowds attended
these Evangelists Preachings - there are
Balls & parties every evening - it does seem
such a strange time altogether - so many
deaths too [to?] - that one w---d [would?] think few could think
of parties - but still they do go & this very
evening we heard a "Surprise party" were
coming out here to this house!! these are
a sort of picknic [picnic?] - they bring some contribution
with them towards supper or refreshment
& meet at any house where there are good
rooms - this is to be but a small affair
got up by Jean Stewart & Fran Hay - & I
think Anna Hay & Jean are the Matrons
- there are to be a few others. a lady now staying
with Jean - Mrs Cunningham an old friend
of ours - Mr & Mrs Archer - (he is deaf & dumb)
but a very nice gentleman like person
2 Roger girls - Bella & Rachel & their brother George
(these are some of the families of Revd Mr Roger)
- & two or three young men - Mr Renanud - Mr
Wardrobe - Mr Buchan - & I dont know
who more - it is not very convenient
just at present we have all such bad
colds - but we only heard of it last night
& cannot well refuse -
I think dear I must make this a
short letter - as I am so stupid with
this nasty cold in my head -
So with love & best wishes to all
in which Bee & Katharine Join I am
as Ever your very fond sister
Fanny Stewart
Ellen was here one evening last week, she
looks better & younger than I have seen her
look for years - & is grown fat which is an
improvement - she seems in good spirits
but excited about the preaching &c&c&c
Fanny Hay is as gay as ever & goes to
all the parties - Mary Dunlop is quite
the reverse & w---d[would?] not go to one for anything
- Bessie Reid is another became

quite a Devotee