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Title: Rosa Knowles, Belfast, to Isabella Allen, Augusta.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Fileknowles, rosa/223
SenderKnowles, Rosa
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBelfast, N.Ireland
DestinationAugusta, Georgia, USA
RecipientAllen, Isabella
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1558/1/2/36 : Presented by F. D. Campbell Allen, 15 LondonRoad, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9805143
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 08:05:98.
Word Count807
TranscriptOctober 18th 1838

My dear Isabella

Such impertinence ! - would you
credit it! they want me to let Eliza write this
letter and wait for the next packet before I send
you a line. I shall do no such thing - The best of
it is the little Article has just landed from
Greenock at eight in the morning, having chosen for
her transit the very worst night since this time
twelve month. It was well for us some did not know
she was out ; I think your brother would have walked
the quay the whole night had she done so. 20th Received
your welcome letter last night, your father had been
in a state all day at last, about eight last night
he walks into the parlour at Wellington [Place ?]
"Well you will have a letter from our dear Bella
before you sleep !" Down went the work and the book,
(I was reading Miss Pouder's Fables fire side) and
your Mammy burst into tears. In a short time a
thundering knock at the door and in comes the letter
from Mr Dickey, your second, from the "Great Western"
was here in 12 days, and we did not get the first
letter you wrote, partly on board, till Sunday the
21st I leave you to imagine if it was welcome, and all
we said looked and felt [___?] attempt to encumerate
the exclamations uttered, the congratulations given,
and received, and the number of times your letters
have been read ; the paper would be exhausted and
the english language fail. The letter that came
first was read to Mrs Allen by Rosa and Eliza and I
walked up yesterday to [Negale?] her ears with the
second. She said when she heard you had been sick, that
she had dreamt of you both every night, but that she
knew William John was the best of nurses, and that his
father was so before him. They wanted her to dine in
Wellington place, but she would not venture out till
she has got rid of the boy, he is plaguing her life out,
fortunately he goes the first of November, and there she
will be more willing [to leave ?] home. What is the reason
that William Campbell has not written home ? His family
were in great grief at not hearing from him when your
letter came by the "Western" Perhaps he wrote by the packet
I have not yet heard. My brother has bought out another
play at the Draynon called "The Maid of Marrendays" That
Miss Elph made one fortunate in it and he himself
after taking leave of the stage. There is no end to the
folly of some people Common sense is certainly a rare
gift favoured and Jane and Master Sheridan dined in
Wellington Place yesterday. Bella and Andrew were likewise
there and we had a great time with the three I
suppose you know that John is in Dublin and Hessy
Glasson married. Daniel Curell is to be married
to Miss Stevenson this week, They will receive Mr
Sadler's house in Fisherwick Place for some months,
where he goes I do not know, but Mrs Curell told me
this on Saturday. Dr Montgomery has bought a farm
of B. J. Tennant at Dunmurry and I perceive Mrs
Montgomery is more reconciled to the idea of going
there. I was with her lately and she told me of
Chickens Ducks &c which she was collecting for her
new domicile. This looks better -
Lily has fallen in love with Jane
Marshall, they are constantly
together, the former going
down to Highstreet twice a
week to sing and [___?] with the [___?] Jane seems
a little more reasonable than usual but there is
no knowing how long it may last. She talks of going
over to her own family in spring to see them, and
most probably she will return as full of folly
and self, as her mother and Aunt can make her. All
here are well as you can [___?] and that is [___?] a
great deal Rosa is [___?] well and Lizzy the same
little bee as ever. Your Daddy is busy as usual, and
your Mother working away at the beads My school is
filling fast, and I expect as busy a winter as last.
Charlotte is not yet up, but I expect her at Halloween.
Let me see is there any one else I have to speak of.
I believe not. Remember I do not expect you to answer
my letter though I shall now and then take the opportunity
of scribbling you a few lines the Wellington place
Letters are "Pro Bons Teblica" Farewell my darling
Bella Blessing on you whereever you are. Give my love
to your husband, and believe me
Your Affectionate Friend
R. Knowles