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Title: Mrs. Annette Bruce, to "My dearest Sammy",[location?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBruce, Annette/7
SenderBruce, Annette
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2919/1/17: Presented by Michael R. Bruce, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9502007
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:02:1995.
Word Count1518
TranscriptThursday May th [the?] 5th 1851

My dearest Sammy your
last note was a [very?] sad
come nice one, except when
you crossed the page without
having lines or having ruled it
you did not enclose the Latin
exercise as you said you did
I think if you were examined in
all you [enumerated?] in Arithme
tick [Arithmetic?] you must have gone through
a great many rules you had
not learnt atall [at all?] when you left
the Institution and if you were
tolerable in your answering at [Salle?]
I hope you will do much better at
midsummer if you are very [busy?] at
giving your mind to your work the
time will pass much quicker than
you could otherwise expect, but I
do earnestly hope you will often
[some?] honours when coming home
for your own credits sake it gives
a boy so much a higher standing
in the opinion both of friends & Stran
= gers [strangers?] to hear he had not been left
behind by his class fellows in the
mental competition but beware of
boasting beforehand of what you mean
and hope to do, try your best remem
ber those generally who are most
confident of success, fail in the end
and let nothing tempt you to act
ungenerously or dishonourably towards
another who may succeed before
you do your best to deserve success
be modest not holding too high an
opinion of yourself, & never under=
rate the attainment of others,
but I have so much to write about
I cannot spare any more room
to this subject only to say I shall hope
[appeal?] [deals?] from you, and pray that
you may [sirrew?] her lines and write to
James and thank him for his note
Mr Blair I am sure would be grateful
by your writing to him and telling him
what you are now learning he seme [seem?] to
send you kind remembrance to Mr
Blair and sign yourself his grateful
pupil it shows me you are grateful
your asking my advice if you should
write to him or Mr How but Mr How
you will be surprised to hear has resigned
his situation as head Classical
Master at the Institution on the 11th of
may Robert Steen is keeping the
schools open at present the Board
of managers have advertised for a new
teacher but it will spoil the exami
nations this summer in [that?] department
I think Mr Howe will be no loss to the
Institution the boys or at least few of
them liked him, he was so irritating
in his temper of course you know
Thos [thomas?] Blair Esq [Esquire?]
Royal Institution Belfast is the
way you will address your note to Mr
Blair, dont write too small
I send you a Puzzle to amuse your
self and the Boys with it came thro [through?]
our James [Jan?] post office (of course in
another Envelope ) you have the explanation also,
but wont show it till they have tried to make it
out, I have spent a great deal of time my
child in trying to find the [Anamertic?] look
which had the long of Beautiful Birds" in it
but without success
I have found many but not that
one however if you see very anxious
for the words for any friend I think
I could get it to copy them for [you?]
as I Carry the girls on the [bay?]
have the song I shall still be on
the watch for the [Anarse?] outing
look and may yet find it if so
I shall send it , your brother
Williams examinations came on last
Monday both he & Johnny are returned
for honours and the honours
examination will come on next
Monday he will come home as
soon as possible afterwards, he does
not seem to expect success in the
honours examination,but he now
wishes to raise my hopes too high
you will be impressed to hear they
told old Jack just yesterday
morning he had to have been [--w?]
in the Jan in the course of the
day but a dealer came up and
after examining him offered 10.10-0
Pat has told me before that he did
not think he need ask more
than 10.00 Is in a quarter of
an hour it has settled and 1.0..0
given as earnest of the bargain
he was to return for him at 5 o'clock
as he meant to take him to England
that night with several others,
he did do so and I gave 2/6 for a lucky
penny poor old Jack I was very sorry
to see him leave the shop for the first
time he went off brisk and well but
they did not mean to throw [-en?] a
[sheet?] on him so I think poor Jack
would be scarred [scared?] last night - Uncle
William is astonished I got half so much
for him he has his two new ones
arriving about any day in a [break?]
to prepare them for their own carri=
age, they are wonderful good matches
both [bay?] with black legs and seem
to [----?] very quietly in mouth harness
I hope I shall not be so long without
a horse as they were, Pat will go
to Ballyclare fair on Tuesday to
look if he can see any thing to suit
us and now I suppose you will
be still more disappointed to learn
that Lizzie is also sold she was sold
before Jack but is not yet taken
away, I am to get [---?] for her, so
I shall not lose but at [stained]
James was anxious that I should sell
her now when I was offered a good price
for her as I cannot afford to keep
the horse & two ponys [ponies?] any longer and it is fair
your brother William should be
considered before you or James, so now
we have any empty stable what
none of us see [-----?] since I
came have to have Gordon is [bu--?] today
giving it a thorough cleaning out
it is Mr Hull of Howard their whole
lot Lizzie, Mrs Hull and the children
are going to the country for the Summer
& they have got a man tenant who is
to lead the Pony with a little girl
of seven years old and it is for her
use it is bot [bought?], Mrs Hull wrote me
it would be very kindly needed &
was taken care of so now we [have?]
great business on hands a horse for
me and Pony Horse for W. [William?] Roberts [-----?]
I hope [he?] shall be [Invited?] before you
come home, I must be very active
and walk a great deal on foot
the weather has changed this very
May and it is now coming heavily,
I dont know how dry we have been
without a shower the cistern has
dry so have the casks which supply
the greenhouse, however I dipped
the large tank yesterday morning
and found after filling the house cistern
and Greenhouse casks, there was still
4 [feets?] of water in it,we have had
a great deal of trouble opening the
yard & scullery Pumps [our?] & [our?]
[yard?] housing I hope they are now
really put right - Annie Hutton
is still at the Farm Danton came
here this morning on his way to
Dublin thinking she would return
with him but Aunt will not hear
of that the Bristow girls are not
going to London now to the exhibition their
Uncle [bal?] smiths hidden illness and [his?]
still dangerous state makes them give up
their promise to go, did you hear Mr [-----?]
mention [bal?] Smiths [seizure?] as the account
of it was in the Liverpool papers, he was
in the act of speaking at a very large
Public meeting a religious Anti Papal meeting
he had been greatly excited previously preparing
this speech and had only spoken a few
sentences when he was seized with apoplexy
and was from tuesday night till Monday
quite unconscious both powerless and speech
less yesterdays letter said he had regained a
little use of one side and had they thought
[knowing?] them all but little hope is
entertained of his recovery Mr Saml [Samuel?] Smith
was at the meeting [happily?] a the time he
was seized - of course his friends here are
very [worried?] about him Cousin [Letitia?]
of Downpatrick had offered to go out to help
to attend him but I must now have
[none?] James is quite well I send you
two [16's?] which is all the liken I have in
the house buy a packet of Envelopes which
will only be [ 3?] and also [ 3?] worth of note
paper I dont like putting liken into my
letter but the Puzzle will present [-- berry?]
fold by any one good by my child I
[----?] so nice to look on this to good
Uncle Bruce went to the opening of the
grand Exhibition in London I had a long
note from him this morning Aunt did
not wish to go.