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Title: Thomas Kirkpatrick, Canada, to Rev. G. Kirkpatrick, Co Cavan.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filekirkpatrick, thomas/91
SenderKirkpatrick, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudying to become a barrister
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Cavan, Ireland
RecipientRev George Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1424/11?: Purchased from John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Ave., Belfast 15. #TYPE EMG Thomas Kirkpatrick, Kingston, [Ontario?] to Rev. George Kirkpatrick, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. 11 August 1828.
ArchivePublic Record Office N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9003027
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log15:03:1990 NHL created 06:09:1990 CD input 10:09:1
Word Count736
TranscriptRevd [Reverend?] George Kirkpatrick
County Cavan
Kingston 11th August 1828
My Dear George
I think that it is high time
for me to acknowledge the receipt of your last letter
which was despatched from Coolmine by the Mail for
the purpose of informing me of the intended departure
from Ireland of our beloved friends the Forsters, it fully
answered that purpose, independent of the great gratification
I derived from the perusal of a letter from you after
so long a silence. Your letter reached me on the 21st
June upwards of three weeks before I received intelligence
from Colley of their arrival at Quebec, they had a very
long and tedious passage and our beloved sister Elizabeth
suffered a good deal during it, I mentioned in a letter
which I wrote to Alexander a short time ago, and
indeed I suppose that Colley has also written, that
she was very ill when taken ashore, and I regret
to say that she still continues so, as this has prevented
their leaving Quebec, I have not yet seen them, and
Colley has been too much engaged in nursing his dear
partner to write to me often, however Captain Fitzgerald
at whose house they are staying, has been kind enough
to send me a few lines each post, informing me of the state
of her health, from what I can learn from his brief letters, I
fear that she still continues in a very dangerous way,
she has been very much reduced in a strength by the length of
her illness and I fear that her delicate frame cannot endure
it much longer, if some material change for the better does
not take place speedily, but I trust & pray that the
Almighty God who has supported her & spared her so often
before, will once again stretch forth his hand and save her
to be a further blessing and comfort to her husband and
children, Colley I am informed is completely worn out
with watching and anxiety, he is incessant in his
attention to her & scarcely ever leaves her bedside,
young Colley and the girls are in good health, do not
however alarm our dear Mother, Colley has no doubt
written before this & given his own opinion upon her
illness, of the nature and severity of which I cannot form
a correct opinion, at this distance, & under the peculiar
circumstances I am situated I cannot possibly leave my
business here & go to Quebec to judge from personal observation.
The incessant rain which has fallen since April
has rendered this season a very sickly one, fevers are
very prevalent throughout the country & few families
escape; thanks be to God I enjoy excellent health; Mr
G Macauley, M Hagermans [mother?] in law, to whom my
indentures were assigned [when?] his elevation to the bench, has
been cut off in the prime of life, on Saturday last I attended
his remains to the grave, extreme anxiety and over exertion
in endeavouring to obtain a Government candidate returned
for the country in which he lived at the election which terminated
a short time ago, brought on a brain
fever, which closed his mortal cancer
in short space of ten days & hurried
him unconsciously into the presence of his
Maker, during his illness he raved incessantly about the
election, he leaves a widow & two children to lament his loss,
they are however entitled to a small pension, as he was
on half pay Ensign, As the term of my service was expired
some time ago, I sh[all?] not be obliged to seek a new master,
in the mean time I remain in charge of the Mr [H's?] business and
am laying the [foun?]dation of my own practice when I shall
be admitted to the Bar, which please God will be in November
I return you & Frances many thanks for your kindness in
sending me the books you mention, I have not received them
yet but when I do, I shall endeavour by a careful perusal
of them to derive the benefit from them which the kind
[donors?] intend; My paper being very indifferent & the
time nearly midnight I fear that if I attempted to lengthen
this epistle I should only make it illegible, I will therefore
conclude with the assurance that I am Dear George
Your truly affectionate brother
Thos [Thomas?] Kirkpatrick
Remember me to all friends
in Co Meath when you see them