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Title: Richard Yeats, St John's, N.B. to Henry Gore Booth, [?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileYeats, Richard/31
SenderYeats, Richard
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsupervises voyages and
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSt John's, New Brunswick, Canada
RecipientSir Henry Gore Booth
Recipient Gendermale
SourceBritish Parliamentary Papers, 1849, X1, (122), pp 124-125.
ArchiveThe Main Library, The Queen's University of Belfast
Doc. No.9804814
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 30:04:98.
Word Count586
TranscriptAppendix to Minutes of Evidence Before Select Committee

Appendix X

Henry Gore Booth,Esq.

My dear Sir, St. John's N.B., 27th August 1847
Your having kindly expressed a wish that I should
communicate how we proceeded on this Voyage I do so
with pleasure to say it has pleased the Lord to have
given us no Storm to encounter but I regret to say
toward the closing of it we have had Fever to contend
with; by the unremitted attention paid by the captain
but one man fell a victim to it out of about fifty
cases, ten of which were very bad, also we lost an
old woman and a child, but their deaths I think were
caused by general debility. On our arrival here on
the evening of the 19th of August Fever was still
hanging about us, next morning when the Doctor came
on Board to inspect the Ship he found many labouring
under it and had three and twenty landed on the Island
out of which one was dead next morning, and since then
up to Tuesday the 24th inst. about the same number has
been landed, some of them to take charge of their
friends, and four children having died on board,
the Captain and the Commissioner of Emigration seemed
to think it better to land all as they dreaded it would
cause a great uproar to bring them up to the city
particularly after the tax the passengers of the former
ship has imposed on the citizens, but I have no doubt
that the passengers brought by this ship will quite redeem
their characters for they are admitted by all who have yet
seen them to be of a very superior class, and indeed I
must say their appearance have been much improved by the
exertion of the Captain and Mrs. Purdon [Purden?] whose
attention throughout the Voyage to all was beyond anything
I could have imagined and for theirs to me I cannot ever
forget. The Captain deeming it advisable hired a Steamer
to take all the passengers that were well to town yesterday
many of whom have already obtained employment. Young Gillmor
[Gilmore?] has succeeded in obtaining employment as farming
servant to Doctor Petters at Twenty Pounds per Annum with
his boarding, and his sisters an old Lady has taken charge
off [of?] until she can procure them some suitable employment.
Mr. Robertson understanding that there is a great demand for
Labourers in Digby and Fredericktown have [has?] made
arrangements to transmit some of them by the steamer
tomorrow. I have handed him your kind letter of introduction
and he seems to hope to be able to procure me employment in a
few days, indeed I am much pleased with the reception I have
met with from all to whom I have as yet been introduced, as
also the appearance of the Town which far exceeded what I
expected, it has about thirty thousand inhabitants, some of
the shops are very large, most of the buildings are made of
wood notwithstanding the greater part of the country around
the Town is one mass of Rock. I had letters written to
forward home by the first Vessel we might meet passing but
we were not fortunate enough to meet any and now as
I have many letters to write to forward by the post which
starts tomorrow and besides I am aware the captain is about
forwarding a detailed journal of how we proceeded on the
Voyage I beg you will excuse my not writing more fully now
but shall take advantage of the first opportunity to do so.
And I remain my dear Sir,
Very gratefully yours,