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Title: A S Woodburn, Canada, To Annie H Mayne, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWoodburn, A. S/55
SenderWoodburn, A.S.
Sender Genderfemale?
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOttawa, Canada
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientMagee, Annie H.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT.2284/1/9: Presented by Dr E R R Green, Manchester University History Department, Manchester 13. #TYPE EMG A S Woodburn, Ottawa, Canada, To Mrs Annie H Mayne, Belfast. 6th November 1897.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809187
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log28:09:1988 GC created 25:07:1990 SB input 23:08:19
Word Count826
TranscriptOttawa - Canada
Novr. 6th 1897.

Dear Cousin Magee
Your kind and unexpected
letter came duly to hand, and
I was very much pleased indeed
to hear from you, and to hear
something of the family & cousin
whose memory il [I'll?] cherish for his
many good deeds, which I have
heard from across the Atlantic.
My brother Thomas, who visited Belfast
twice, often spoke of cousin
William, who seemed to follow
closely the footsteps of his honoured
father. I think I remember seeing
him (William) in his fathers house in Belfast
before our family sailed for Canada.
He was some years younger than
me (now in my 66th year) and
my recollection is that in 1841, the
date of our leaving for Canada Uncle
had but two children, the eldest,
I think, being your dear respected
husband, William Erskine Magee
It's a long time to look back to,
but there are some occurances of the
time that I remember well. One
of these was Uncle Alexander taking
me by the hand one Sunday morning
down to the Shipping docks, while
he visited the Sailors, and talked
with those who would listen, and
also distributed tracts from one
vessel to another. I noticed that
some of the Sailors would hide behind
the ropes and the goods on deck, while
others would gladly welcome the
visit. Such, I suppose would
occur to-day, should the same bene-
factor appear on the scene but the
same thoughtfulness is doubtless
expressed to-day by others for the Sailor
as by he who was regarded at the
time, as a pioneer in the Tract[asiau?]
movement. Well speaking of my
Uncle's kindness of heart, as exhibited
in his connections with religious,
and philontranthopic institutions
reminds me of his ever thoughtful
consideration for my dear Mother,
his only sister, after we came to this
country. His letters and papers
were exceedingly welcome, for when
we came to Canada newspapers were
few and letters from home a blessing.
We lived in a new country where
the people lived generally a mile
apart. Separated by great forests and
un-improved roads. Not one family
in perhaps twenty ever got either
got letter or paper, and the "Belfast News
letter"and the "Northern Whig" were
loaned and read in the whole [?]
pleasant. Fancy the postage on a letter
in those days fifteen pence, and to-day
five cents! At date spoken of
we had to travel eighty miles to
the town and post office - to-day
the postal service in the country
is excellent, post offices existing every
two or three miles, while in Ottawa
(there Bytown) our mail is delivered
at the door. Bytown in '41 had
about 4000 inhabitants, and now
the figure is 53,000 - and as you
are doubtless aware, our city is the
Capital of the Confederated Province
of British America - half a [?]
having the small province of New-
foundland, which has so far kept out
of the Union. Ottawa is really now
a very progressive little city and is
not a bad place to live in, altho' [although?]
when compared to your "Queen city"
of the North our "Washington of the
North" is but a small place. One
feature of progress, however beat you
in - that is, the general use of electricity.
Most of the houses are lit by that light
our street cars run all over the city
and much of our mill and shop
machinery is driven by that subtle power.
Thanks for this to the Great Chandlier Falls
on the Great Ottaws river which flows
by the city - But as you will probably
not feel much interested in such ancient
history I must change the Subject.
I was very sorry to hear that Carsin
Lowrey's daughter, who had but last
year I understood started out on a
University career, was still unwell
and so seriously. Mrs L. some weeks
ago informed me of the fact of the illness
but I had hoped that it was but
temporary. I sincerely hope to hear
soon of my second cousins con-
valescence and final recovery. Would
that I were near her bedside to tell her
of Canada, its loyalty to Britain
and its progress towards Nationality
with the many little incidents which
I could dwell upon of family history
and life in Young Canada. But this
I presume cannot be altho' [although?] I have en-
tertained hopes of being able some
day before I go hence to see Ould
Ireland and perhaps Kiss the blarney-
Stone - Well, dear cousin and newly-
found friends, I must now be brief, for
I fear I have diverged from my intentions
to write you a few freindly lines. To
yourself and family and to Mrs Nilson
and Mrs Lowry I send my warmest greetings.
I ahave had several nice letters from both
cousins since Uncle died, and and regret that
business engagements interferred with corrospondence
however meantime with kind love to all
I am Dear Annie
[Art Newbourn?]
Mrs Annie H Magee
26 Ulster Place
Donegall Pass