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Title: [Aunt Anne?], [Dublin?], to Rev. George Kirpatrick, Crosmolina.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filekirkpatrick, anne/128
SenderKirkpatrick, Anne
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Antrim, N.Ireland?
DestinationCrosmolina, Co. Mayo, Ireland
RecipientRev. George Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1424/11: Purchased from John A. Gamble. 44 Taunton Ave., Belfast 15. #TYPELET Letter from [Aunt Anne?], Coolmine, [Dublin?], to Rev. George Kirpatrick, Vicarage, Crosmalina [Crosmolina?] [?], 4 April 1822.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9003028
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Doc. TypeLET
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TranscriptA thousand thanks to my dearest George for his kindness in
remembering me and for his most entertaining letter which
gave us all the most sincere pleasure, I assure we miss
your society very much and it appears quite an age since
you left this, we are all looking to the time of your return
with great delight and trust it is not far distant.
As I know how anxious you must feel to hear from home I
have lost no time in answering your letter & besides I have
the pleasure to inform you that we received two letters last
week from our beloved brother & sister in Canada both dated
Jany [January?] 20th. Elizabeth mentions in her epistle to Mama that
her sweet little Julia continues to thrive very well & is as
good tempered, as ever, and that there is the greatest contrast
between her & little Sally the housemaids infant who is about
3 months old & is excessively cross & scarcely gives her mother time
to clean the rooms which is all the work she does; The Parliament
of Upper Canada was prorogued & Lady Sarah signified her
intention of being present on the occasion Elizabeth intended
going but was prevented by a heavy cold. there were however
only seven ladies there all in full dress, little Colley was
taken to the house by his Papa before he attended the Genl [General?]
(who went in procession with the Civil authorities and
Heads of the Military Departments) & placed under the care of
the Usher of the Black rod who had several other young people
in charge. Amongst the Bills passed by his Excellency
was one for changing the name of York to Toronto which
was the former name of the place, Elizabeth thinks the alteration
is for the better, York is such a common name in the states that
the Yankees call that town little York, by way of distinction
& that she considers as a very great affront. Colley's letter to
Alexr [Alexander?] was principally to request that he would find out a
labouring man of the name of Carrrol who lives in the county of
Wexford & advance him the sum of 10 pounds to enable him and
his family to join a brother & sister in Upper Canada who went
out there two years ago, That country must be in a very flourishing
state when a poor labouring man with children could
in so short a time save so large a sum out of his wages and
then be able to bestow that sum upon a relative for the purpose
of that relations enjoying the same blessings with himself
Alexr [Alexander?] has written to AK to make the necessary enquiries and has
refered [referred?] him to a number of gentlemen residing near Wexford who
Colley says know the man very well. There has been very
little snow in Canada this winter and the weather was just as
changeable as our own to give you an idea of it Colley says in his letter
"that last Sunday going to church young Colley's face was frost
"bitten from the intensity of the cold, & his not have properly [defend?]ed
"himself against it by pulling up his handkerchief over his cheek
"when I arrived at the church I examined him apprehensive of
"such an accident and perceived a white triangular spot upon
"his cheek I instantly applied the usual remedy of some snow
"to the part affected for about 10 minutes, & before service was half
"over the part was perfectly well again - The Thermometer was
"about 20c below zero!! - This day, I put the Thermometer outside of
"our porch door in the sun when it instantly rose to 76 or Summer
"Heat". Fred Hanan breakfasted here last Sunday & was in
high spirits, he has obtained a compleat [complete?] victory over Sir E
Lees, & has been given several handsome apartments in the
Post Office, he surprized us by bringing
your letter from Colley (which I suppose
you have received before this) a Kingston
newspaper, & a frank for Canada, do not
be astonished at seeing the account of the wild Pigeons (that
Colley mentions in your letter) in the Patriot, as Mamma
sent the paragraph to be inserted in that paper.
It is said positively that Mr Singer is going to be married
to Miss Crofton whose father is chaplain at the Royal hospital
Dean Grave's daughter Mrs Johnson is shortly to be married
to Mr Mayne a son of the Judges. Harrry & Maria Stock are both
well the former is just returned from a second trip to Newry
where he went on business they have not fixed any time for
coming to the Cottage, there have been very bad accounts
from France of poor Eliza Saunders, she is in a very precarious
state of health, but it is thought better not to tell Maria of
her sisters illness. Henry Cosgrave is going next week to
the county Longford & Margaret & the children are to give us
the pleasure of their companny [company?] untill [until?] he returns
Our little garden looks as gay as possible with Primroses &
Polyanthuses & we have made out no less than two beds of Carnations
the sun dial is a great ornament, the pedestal is of white stone as is
also the slab on which the dial is fixed. Lydia & I spent a very pleasant
month with our kind friends at Clongill, we had no gaiety in the
way of balls & parties, but in the society of such a cheerful &
pleasant family we did not wish for such amusements,
we had very little of Cat Browns company as she only returned
from Mr Hamiltons two or three days before we left Clongill Uncle
Sutton was very indifferent all the time we were there but is now
we hear quite well again & has been ordered to ride which he thinks
agrees with him. Aunt Sutton paid a visit to Mrs Pakenham and
likes her very much, & thinks her perfectly unaffected in her
manners. Mamma had a letter from Aunt Sutton last week
in which she mentions that the Pollocks got a great fright
on Sunday, as they were sitting after dinner they perceived
their lawn black with crowds of people: they say there was
not less than three thousand white boys, Arthur seized his pistol
& went amongst them with a few of his men & succeeded in
dispersing the party. The astensible [ostensible?] cause of the meeting
was a match at Football, two sides of the county challenged
each other to try their skill, & when one was beaten they then
proceeded to fight in good earnest. The victors were
pursuing the vanquished when they crossed the lawn at
Mountainstown & alarmed the family, the same night
Mr A Pollock scoured the country with a party of Dragoons
from Navan & found many people assembled in different
public houses drinking, some prisoners were taken, who
are to stand their trial at the Quarter Sessions. They have
taken a bad time to fix a Kells ball Aunt Sutton did
not say whether she would venture to go, some time in this
month Uncle Sutton & his two ladies are to pay us a visit.
There was to have been a grand Oratorio at the Rotunda yesterday
evening in which Miss Wilson & Mr Han were to have sung
so Mamma, Catherine Lydia & Alexr [Alexander?] set off on the car intending
to go to it, but when they arrived in town behold, they were told
that it was postponed untill [until?] Saturday, they were all very much
disappointed as that is a day that they cannot go to town nor
would it be proper to go to a publick [public?] concert the day before
Easter Sunday Mamma desires me to say that it was not for want of love that
she did not answer your kind letter, but she really thought that
Alexrs [Alexander's?] letters would be more interesting to you, as he could
give an account of every thing that was going on in the farm &c &c
I think it is now time for me to release you My dear George from
this long history, all I hope is that you will be able to read my quilling
which I was obliged to have recoursed to as I had a great many
things to tell you, & franks are not to be had. Mr Hamilton is the
only member that we know that is in town and we do not like
to trouble him. When next you see Mrs Burrows & Mrs Cope will
you particularly remember Mamma to them. We have had most
delightful weather for nearly three weeks. All here are well and
join me in most affectionate love to you.
Believe me I remain your truly affectionate
attached sister
Anne Kirkpatrick
can you recommend some useful and
entertaining book to Thomas for his pr[?]ing