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Title: Jane White, Goderich to Eleanor Wallace, Newtownards.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWhite, Jane/25(2)
SenderWhite, Jane
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian?)
OriginGoderich, Ontario, Canada
DestinationNewtownards, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientWallace, Eleanor
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1195/3/17: Presented by J. W. Russell & Co., Solicitors, 4 High Street, Newtownards, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9112085
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 29:11:1993
Word Count690
TranscriptTo: Eleanor Wallace
[County Down?]

From: Jane White
[c 1858?]

[first part of the letter missing]

this seems to be a nice mild winter, we have snow at present
pretty deep but not much cold, in answer to your kind
enquiries about my health, I feel much better, sometimes the
deafness comes back, mostly after being excited, or walking
much and when I sit down quietly for a while, my hearing comes
back, I think it is a sort of rheumatism in the head, when it
comes down into my teeth the pain is excruciating I have lost
sleep many a night with it, but on the whole I feel much
better. The railroad is finished to Stratford, it was to have
been finished this Christmas to Goderich, when it comes next
summer if it comes I am in expectation of getting a while to
amuse myself with an acquaintance down at Paris, I hope I will
not be disappointed in it. To give you an idea of the mildness
of the winter, the Lake was frozen over every winter since we
came until this one it is not frozen at all it looks almost as
nice (the waves) as in the month of July, but we must not
boast between this and May the cold might be dreadful, I never
felt so pleased to get rid of a summer as this last one. I
felt so ill, some of the holidays I could scarcely raise my
head. Another of the Miss Cauldwell's is come out from
Coleraine, she and her sister intend beginning a school here,
I hear, if they would have not have been as well as in
Goderich, they must be poor indeed, I mean at present, for I
do not see how school teachers would be paid, the schools here
at present there's no fear of, because the taxation keeps them
up, but private schools have no chance, times are the worst I
ever saw we ought to feel thankful that have a sufficiency
without going in debt, chisseling, cheating and roguery are
the order of the day so many business people making
assignments of their affairs to escape their creditors,
there's scarcely a person one could mention solvent, one the
sheriff is after another pounced upon for a few hundreds of
bailed money, the plan of endorsing for each other kept up the
Dream for years, but the crisis will ruin some of them, they

were just cutting a figure all the time on nothing at all, and
now the shouting out, one person told my father he expected he
would have to go to jail soon, one who seems rich to outward
appearance, but of course, matters will get right by degrees,
I never could imagine a place in such a state as Goderich is,
the Newtownards people would not many of them allow themselves
to get into such a state I think. my father could not be
induced to endorse for any one I think after this he will be
stiffer than ever, our tenant Mr De---r [Dellor?] seems to still do
well, but we cannot tell how long he may stand, this is such a
queer time _ I hope your father is quite strong, and well
again, I ask it as much as on your account as his, you would
be so vexed, it is amazing what good health my mother has, she
ought to feel thankful, for my father he is very strong.
please remember us to Mr & Mrs Waugh, If you should ever
accidentally hear any one mention about the Mr Walker who came
out on the ship with us, would you let my father know where he
is, and how employed. he feels anxious, you will recollect he
was clerk in the English Church formerly.
My father and mother send their kindest love, I will hope soon
to hear from you, and allow me again to express my thanks for
your un------- [unwearied?] kindness and attention, and wishing you and
your father and cousin a happy new year
I remain
Your sincere friend

I hope you will excuse the length of this letter,
when I begin I generally write too much.