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Title: Isabel, Punjib, India, to Aunt Isabella,
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPunjib, India
Destinationprob. Belfast, N. Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1558/1/1/255: The Papers of William John Campbell Allen; Deposited by the Late F. D. Campbell Allen Esq., 15 London Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9907090
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 19:07:99.
Word Count724
Transcript[Shikh?] [Budieu?]
August 30th
address on receipt of
this 1st Sikh Infantry

My dear Aunt Isabella,
I have not heard
from anyone at Greenisland
for months, not since we
came up here on the 1st of
May, but I hope you are
all well. I am so glad to
hear the good news about
Aunt Eliza, she will be so
much happier now she can
hear, it is a dreadful thing
being deaf. I hope dear Aunt
you yourself have been well
& strong during the summer
Arthur & I are much better
since the weather became
colder, but we still hope
to leave India on two years
leave in March if all
is well as I told you in
my last letter we go first
to Australia to see Arthur's
Brother & sister & then come
round the world & Sans [San?]
Francisco & New York, it
will be a very pleasant
trip & will do us both
good I am sure. I have
sold my Piano on our
leaving this, & shall be
very sad at parting with
it Arthur has just been
reading over Ma's two volumed
novel which she has just
finished called "Her married
life in India" & thinks it
will be a success some
parts are beautifully written,
it is in 2 parts, [Daley?] has
written out more than half,
& he hopes to send it home
to Mr McHenry in October
I do hope it will be taken,
& that she will get paid
for it, I think it is the best
she has written, the scene
is laid on the frontier, &
is about the Principal Frontier
Force, she has been told
by several people to write
a story of Indian life as
it would take better. We
have had a very quiet
season so far, only one
Ball, & three moonlight
Pic-nics [picnics?], but we
are rather enjoying the quiet
after the gay season we had last
year. Arthur has applied
for Cashmere for next
Summer, & I hope he will
get it, the doctor who
is up there this year likes
the appointment very much,
he belongs to the Force
so we know him & his wife
very well. I mean to keep
a diary when we are there,
& also in our trip round
the world, as it may be
interesting, I don't think many
ladies have seen it as yet,
although gentlemen tell me
I shall have every comfort,
& in America they have the
best of everything, splendid
steamers & sleeping cars
on the railway, the trip from
Sans [San?] Francisco to New York
will take us a week, but
we shall not go straight through
we want to see the Salt Lake
City & the yosemety [Yosemite?] valley
which is the most beautiful
scenery in America, when
we get to New York we want
to go up the Hudson to Newport
& see the white & green mountains
which is one of the American
pleasure trips & well worth
seeing, we shall get home
about October after we leave
India, & shall by this
get two winters, one in Australia
& one at home. I dont know
what we shall do with Arthur's
niece Emmie Strong, I dont
think there is much chance
of her getting married,
she has an invitation to
stay with her Aunt in
Australia, but she does
not much like the idea
of the life out there after
so many years in India,
Arthur's Brother has a large
vineyard in Australia
about 70 miles from Sydney
he is getting on very well,
he has eight children most
of them grown up & two of
them married, then he has
a widowed sister who
married Dr Cusack of
Dublin, & she has seven
children, so there is quite
a party of them & they are
all strangers, none but
Mrs Cusack, I met in her in
Dublin, Dr Cusack had
to go out on account of
his health & died there
of decline, so she has
stayed there ever since &
lives close to her Brother,
his place is called "The
Wilderness" it will be very
nice seeing them all this
is quite a family account
letter, so I will now close
I have been writing for two
hours & am rather tired,
With love to you all in
which Arthur joins & hoping
soon to hear from you
Believe me
My dear Aunt Isabella
your affectionate niece
Isabel [Whires?]