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Title: Martha J. Wilson, Ontario to George Reid, [Belfast?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWilson, Martha J/13
SenderWilson, Martha Jane
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHope Township, Canada West (present-day Ontario)
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientReid, George
Recipient Gendermale
SourcePerry Town, Hope Township, Co Durham, Canada West, (Now Ontario, Canada)
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9102021
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 09:02:1994
Word Count676
TranscriptCanada West Hope Perry Town Aug 20/62 [20 1862?]

Dear Brother George
I sit down to write you a
few hasty lines, I hope these will find you all in
good health they leave us pretty well, I received two
letters from home on the 24th May one from Uncle John
& one from Thomas containing a Photograph of himself
and an order for a pound on a Bank in Kingston for a present
to Anna Maria our youngest child, for which I hope I am truly
thnakful we intend putting it into something profitable for her
until she knows its value. I intend sending this to you by
Joseph's brother James who starts for England to morrow [tomorrow?] I did
not know untill [until?] the other day that he intended making a
tour through a part of Ireland he is the oldest of Joseph's brothers
and unmarried he owns a splendid farm of 100 Acres 2/3 cleared
he has rented it and intends after an absence of 21 years
to revisit his native soil you will find him a very deep
wellinformed [well-informed?], plain, matter-of-fact person he can see as
far into the millstone as the man that picks it, should he
visit you receive him on my account, tell Anna not to cook
the beef to a cinder, he is an Englishman, and if it is possible
for you to spare the time, accompany him to all the places
of interest in and around Belfast, for this is his subject in going there
he has been a very hard worker, now he intends enjoying a little
leisure he has not been very well this summer he is not much
like Joseph in my eye he is not near so handsome.
Dear George my time is so limited that I fear I have not
time to write to Thomas so you must either write him the
contents of this and send it him thanking him from
my very heart for his Photograph tell him I had such a
crying spell over it that I frightened the children
they could not understand me, my tears were not those of sorrow,
but something of a mixture, Joseph has ordered a
gilt frame for it, let him imagine himself elevated in a
gilt frame in my bedroom, by the time you receive this
I look for another from Belfast to fill a space opposite Thomas
Tell T [Thomas?], when he sends me an order for a dress let it either be
a post office order, or an order on some of our Port Hope Bank
for we have had a little trouble with anna Maria's. Kingston
is 102 miles from here, although in the wilds of Canada P H [Port Hope?] has either 3 or 4 Banks & branches, I suppose, The Upper Canada
The Commercial, The Montreal. I am so hurried that
I know not what to say first so I presume & shall miss all
send my love and respect home to Belleer [Balleer?], if James has
time and visits T [Thomas?] in Armagh, I should like him to see
Belleer [Balleer?] school house, the place of my birth, but I do not
know when any of you will see him, whether he will remain in
England all winter or not will just depend on his own

notion he may visit you this fall or next spring, which,
I know not. I wish you would send us a paper now
and then, I am sure it would be easy for you, being in
town all the time, kind love to you and Anna and
your babes [babies?], Anna is like myself a poor subject for the Queen
I have had 1 boy & 4 girls, 3 girls of which are alive we are 6 now perhaps
by the time you receive this we may be 7, God willing
if you receive this before James goes write immediately to T [Thomas?]
Your affectionate sister
M. J. [Martha Jane?] Wilson

James took this notion so quick that we have hardly time
to think much of anything else.