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Title: John Love, Banbridge, Co. Down to Robert Love, Petersburg.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelove, john sr/121
SenderLove, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionProtestant?
OriginBanbridge, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationPetersburg, Virginia, USA
RecipientLove, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2393/2/24: Presented by Messrs Heron & Dobson, Solicitors, Banbridge, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007017
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by JM 25:10:1993.
Word Count723
TranscriptDr [Dear] Robert, Banbridge Aug 9 1821

I received yours bearing date June the 9
last night which gave us all great pleasure to hear
that you were stil alive and in health and in the same
place I left a letter for you in Belfast last teusday [Tuesday?]
wrote by Prudence and John, I stand all night in Mr
Murrays they are all well only Miss Mary was very
poorly the time I was there they had got word that Mr
Riddle was to be over next month, send word with him, the day
before your letter came there was two came from Mr
G. Mchood [Mahood?] we are very glad he is so near you I hope
you will still pay attention to his advice, we are all
in a measure of health thanks be to God. John attended to
the shop very well and is kind and agreeable with
his sisters and pays attention to them at home and abroad
and when he makes any money he can call his own instead
of laying it out upon himself he lays little presents
for them this gives great pleasure to his mother and
me and it is a credit to himself. Lord grant he may
continue to act in this noble manner.
I am sorry to hear that you are not striving to save something
for a rainy day, let our income be ever so small we ought to
lay by a little as we know not how soon we may be deprived
of health and the day of affliction come on it is then that
we find the great use of having some little [torn]
beg you will not join in the Volinter [Volunteer?] company you mention
as it might make you neglect your buisiness [business?] and expose you
to bad company - As to Miss Susan I am afraid you are
too far North to take advice in that affair. this is the most
serious and weighty concern in human life yet there is no concern
in which many young men plunge so unthinkingly and by so
doing many pass their future days ingloriously and die tormented.
Remember a set of fine features and fair complexion are as incapable
of blessing us or making us happy through life without an amiable
mind and a religious disposition, as an affluent fortune when joined
with a diseased body. you will find many claimants now demanding
your heart, to secure it the world assumes its gayest blandishments
and the fair sex exhibits all their charms, Satan is very active
concerts his deepests plans among the rest JEHOVAH stoops
from his radient throne and in the language of supreme authority
and paternal love makes the solemn demand - MY SON
GIVE ME THY HEART - if you value the advice of
a loving father and friend let the demand of the last named
CLAIMANT be obeyed before your enter into any connection
that is to last for life, join yourself to no woman however fair
or rich or wise unless you are fully persuaded that she has
the fear of God before her eyes - and remember it is a very
great SIN to draw on any young creature and keep company
with them unless you intend to marry them, seek the Lord
to guide you in all things and there is no fear but you
will do well and that all things will work for your eternal
good, The Fling is expected to land at Dublin this day, there
is word in the papers that the Queen is very bad.

We are in hopes of having a Church built in this town shortly the
following is the P.S. of a letter I wrote last week.
I fondly hope before three years expire
That Banbridge Church will raise its glittering Spire
And be adorned with a CLOCK and BELL
This would delight me more than tongue can tell
He that for this would not subscribe a GROAT
On every Acre let his memory ROT.

your Grandfather is still alive. it was the far side of the land we got
the whole family joins in love to you. May the Lord give you grace and
wisdom and understanding that you may know how to act aright in
all things is the prayer of your loving father.
John Love

9 Aug [August?] 1821

Robert Love
Messrs Peters & Hughes SHP