Main content

Title: A. S. Woodburn, Ottawa, Canada to Cousin Lowry.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWoodburn, A. S/56
SenderWoodburn, A.S.
Sender Genderfemale?
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOttawa, Canada
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2284/1/8: Presented by Dr. E. R. R. Green, Manchester University, Manchester 13, England.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8903132
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 21:10:1993.
Word Count1256
TranscriptOttawa Canada
Nov 8th 1897

Dear Cousin Lowry
Having recently recd [received?] a letter
from Mrs. Wm [William?] E. Mayne, who being
the wife of my departed cousin,
whom I saw only in his childhood,
I was exceedingly glad to hear from
I now take occasion to drop you a
few lines, and thank you for bringing
us together, even by ink and paper.
Mrs. Mayne mentioned that you had
spoken to her of my enquiries respecting
her family, and thus her writing
to me, of course, for we had never had any
correspondence. I was indeed much
pleased to hear from Mrs. M. and to learn
something of her family and their
employment and the litle book she
sent me as a reminder of family
authorship Blackthorn Blossoms -
will be preserved as a mememto of
'Irish Verses' by an Ulster Youth.
The litle book you send, also, will
be preserved on the same shelf - the
one with the picture and biographical
sketch of dear Uncle, who in his
life time and [hers?] was so kind and
thoughtful to my dear mother.
But perhaps I should in the outset
have apologized for not writing to you
recently, as I believe I owe you a letter
Let me hope that your daughter, who is
spoken of in Mrs. Wms. [Williams?] letter with exceeding
kindness is at least somewhat better, for
I take it that the trouble is not one
got rid of quickly, but may gradually
disappear. As you mentioned your daughter
has grown very quickly - perhaps too fast -
for I have a lively recollection of my
own case, as it goes so fast that
from 15 to 25 I was not strong
while since that I have had [very?]
excellent health and now at 66 am
feeling as well as at 30. This is
something to be thankful for. My brother
and sisters are indeed all healthy -
which argues of course, for a healthy
[ancestry?], if not for Irelands [balmy?]

atmosphere, which gave us all but
one (George) a start in life. so let
this be known to my afflicted cousin -
who is of high [standing?], as I learn, - not
so high, [?], [let?] it he [be?] [known?], as the
writer, who stands six feet two! I was
often told that 'bad weeds grew well'
but I said there were exceptions - and my
sick cousin and I are of that class,
if I am not mistaken - As to family
matters here I have nothing to report
except confirmed good health, which
it is my privilege to say of all our family
James' married daughter, with [her?]
young daughter, were over from New York
for six weeks of the summer, stopping at
her father's in the country. My own family
(I may have mentioned this before) [summered?]
on the St. Lawrence - Mrs. Sparks, Mrs. Rogers
and all - the distance from Ottawa being
about 70 miles. I went out once a month
and enjoyed a three days visit each time
so well that I would rather have remained
This week the Sparks family move into a
new house Mr. S. [Sparks?] built during the summer.
It is a very fine residence costing about
$1400. And while this means and is
the evidence of prosperity. I am sorry to
say that my other son-in-law has met
with a severe loss in his business [partners?]
[leaving?] for the states and taking all the
money he could raise on the firms name
with him - as far as can be [learned?] [some?]
$40,000. Mr. R. [Rogers?] [trusted?] his [partner?]
implicitly, he being a partner in one branch
of his business, but the firms name
was used in the Banks and [otherwise?]
- all within a short time - and thus
Rogers was completely driven out of
business and had to assign. But he
was not to be kept down, so within
a few weeks he got matters straightened
and last week opened up again -
but on borrowed money. He is young
however and active, and having only
his wife to support will I feel [sure?]
rise in business again - for he has
the good will and [?] sympathy
of the community, [owing?] to the treachery

of a man he had befriended and taken
into partnership, after his getting into
difficulty in a bank in which he was
teller. and so it is with business here -
[more?] in a [young?] community than in a long
established one - a [rush?] for business, [then?]
a failure - [then?] a new beginning and another
attempt. Ottawa has been indeed
very prosperous this year as a whole
Our streets and side-walks are all being
laid with [asphalt?] and [granolithic?]
pavement, and with our excellent [system?]
of electric railway and electric
lighting the city now looks smart
and clean. This part of the country
has suffered of late from want of rain
there being ten weeks of almost
continuous drought. There was great
inconvenience in the country in
consequence, but the crops are a fair
average after all, the later seeding
suffering chiefly. The [whole?] season
indeed has been an unusual one
in this part of Canada - very [wet?] and
very [warm?] and very dry as the season
progressed. But rain has not fallen
to the joy of the people in the country,
for the city being on the banks of a
noble river, and having excellent
works for the supply of water, found
litle inconvenience owing to the drought
We often have a fall of snow early in Nov,
but none yet. The weather is now very fine
although getting somewhat cool. No
frost yet of any account, but the trees
are leafless and summer is gone.
Have you heard from your son in
Australia and is he doing well?
And what about Mrs. Dr Smyth
in the other end of the globe? I
often think of Mrs. Nelson and what
anxiety she must have when she
reads of the trouble and petty [wars?]
going on in India. I hope the
[Surgeon?] Major and his wife are far
removed from them and that Mrs.
Nelson hears good tidings from her
much loved daughter. As to your
own family at home I suppose Mr. L.

is always engaged in business and
that the other members of your family
with the exception of your sick charge
are all engaged one way and another
and thus working out their destiny. I may
be lucky enough to take a trip to
Belfast some day next summer, or
later, and thus be able to see you all
face to face. We have many North of
Ireland men here that go home nearly
ever [every?] summer either on business or on
pleasure and their accounts of what
they saw does not generally agree
with the newspaper accounts in regard
to the failure of crops, the disloyalty
and the poverty of the country.
The news was a [?] of [content?] &
prosperity in my memory according
to the accounts [emanating?] from certain
quarters, but Ulster I think is fairly
prosperous, if I may judge from the
remarks of recent returned Canadians.
Crossing the Atlantic is now a small
affair - about a day for [every week?] when
I came over And as to the [comfort there?]
is no comparison. And now, dear Mrs
Lowry, I must close this epistle, hoping that
it may reach you in good health & spirits,
and that I may soon hear from you. Your cousin
A.S. Woodburn