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Title: Jane White, Grosse Island to Eleanor Wallace, Newtownards.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWhite, Jane/24
SenderWhite, Jane
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationjust arrived in Canada
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian?)
OriginGrosse Isle, Quebec, Canada
DestinationNewtownards, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientWallace, Eleanor
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1195/3/5: Presented by J. W. Russell & Co., Solicitors, 4 High Street, Newtownards, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9112095
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 29:11:1993
Word Count1022
TranscriptTo: Eleanor Wallace
[Co. [County?] Down?]

From: Jane White
Grosse Island
[St Lawrence?]
June 27 1849

Grose [Grosse?] Isle
27th June 1849

Mr dearest Elinor
I am glad to inform you
we [are?] so far on, on our long tedious journey, we are
anchored at Grose [Grosse?] Isle 36 miles below Quebec
it is an Island in the St Lawrence, the quarantine
station is here and I assure you the passengers all
feel very discontented at being kept here we have been
stationed since our arrival on saturday morning and it
is now Wednesday, we have had fever and small pox [smallpox?] on
board so that is the reason the sick persons were taken
on shore in a boat to the hospital there are a great
many sheds erected on the Island that have been
very useful for sick persons. There was a doctor here on
Sunday from shore who examined the ship and was
convinced there was not any sickness among the cabin
or poop cabin passengers which is a very great
blesssing [blessing?] for us, my mammas' health is pretty good
she was very very ill since we left home greatly owing
to the extremely severe heaving of the ship, no one
could have any idea of the inconvenience but those
who have felt it, one is so tossed about and sometimes
cannot keep on their feet there are two families
from County Antrim in the poop, besides ourselves
our room is boarded in so we are comfortable in
that respect, there are two nice girls who have
kept me in company since I came here.
We have had many fearful days in our long
voyage it is 8 weeks on Saturday last since we
embarked in Belfast Lough, I could not describe
to you all the points such fearful gales as we
had, a constant succession of them I may say, without
erring much, one morning we had a narrow escape
from being shipwrecked there was a heavy gale
set in from the north west that carried away
our bulwarks, Cabin sky light etc [?] washing two

of our sailors down the main hatchway and
laying our ship for a short time under water
nor was she expecting to rise, she did rise
thank God, and very shortly after we picked up
a Crew of a schooner that the same gale had
broken to pieces, she had her Broadside actually
driven in by the sea such gales are dreadful
Our Captain had been above 20 years at sea and
confessed we had seen as much desperate weather
as he had seen in his time, but I should not
tire you with too long a description, a great number
of ships have been lost in the ice here early
in the spring one was lost in the gulf
of St Lawrence [here?] during the gales it
contained 4 hundred passengers who all perished
except one child who was picked up by a
vessel passing the spot, I can only say Eliza Morrison
has been slow but sure. The weather is very warm
here, The scenery on the banks of the river is
delightful, especially at this season of the year,
hill and valley, the beautiful towns and villages
sloping to the river's edge together with fertile
Islands form the most beautiful Landscape I ever
saw; the houses are of wood and very white, the
inhabitants are mostly of French descent and speak
the French Language. The Roman Catholic
religion is established here I saw a very pretty
steam boat on Sunday afternoon last which
was St John's day, it came past here on a pleasure
excursion from Quebec, full of people gaily
dressed, they stopped here and came past our
ship they were accompanied by a M-sonic [Masonic?] Band
and played the Troubadour Garry Owen and
other tunes, it was a very handsome sight the
day was warm and the sun bright but it
showed a very bad respect for the Lord's day
they are only to be excused on account of
being Papists you would be surprised to see
the number of Brigs crowded here all full
of emigrants from Britain trying their fortunes
in America we are all in good health thank
God I was scarcely sea sick at all but my
mamma was and Abigail was very sick the
first week but is quite well now and has
had the offer of two or three places already
she sends her kind regards to you and mamma
and I hope your dear mama is recovered tell her I
will ever remember her kindness. Please give my kind
love to her and so miss her and if you see Miss

Harriet Dobson please tell her I am safe arrived
here and please say I will write to her very shortly
and give her my very kind love, I hope I will soon
be able to send you my direction and if there are
any questions you wish to ask me about the voyage
do so I am writing in but a confused manner but I
hope you will excuse me as I [merely?] snatched the
opportunity to Let you know I am safely Landed at Last
the land is near I was over in the Island to-day
and had a nice walk through the [trees?] with my
mamma and later on [--?] two young Ladies their
servant man came along with a basket so we had
a sort of picnic remember me to Miss Jane Gelston tell her I cannot
give her much information about Canada yet but
the time may come. With love to you all and hoping you are all
well I remain My dearest friend Yours Ever Sincerely and
Jane White

We have had 4 deaths during the voyage four females
from dysentry which was prevalent here and a child from
smallpox Mr Mawhinney a Presbyterian clergyman lost
his wife and had been only two or three months married
she died as we passed the banks of Newfoundland at which
place the cold became very intense I never felt the like
of it before it was strange looking to see the mountains
of Newfoundland covered in many places with snow so very late
in the spring