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Title: Letter of Thanks by Belfast Printers to Public Appeal.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
SenderPassengers of the Neptune
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationprinters
Sender Religionunknown
OriginShip Neptune, Liverpool, England
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientRelief Committee
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipletter of thanks
SourceThe Armagh Guardian, Friday, 9 January, 1863.
ArchiveThe Central Library, Belfast.
Doc. No.9508057
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 11:08:1995.
Word Count217

Some of the poor fellows who have been deprived of
labour by unhealthy competition in Belfast, have
left that town through the aid of a public
subscription, and express their feelings in the
following valedictory epistle -

"On board the 'Neptune', Liverpool,
January 5, 1863.

"GENTLEMEN - We take occasion on the eve of sailing,
to return you are very grateful and heartfelt thanks
for the aid you have afforded us in proceeding to North
America, where we hope to earn a livelihood for ourselves
and families which, owing to competition among many of
the master printers of Belfast, on the strength of boy
labour, we have been unable to do at home. You have not
only paid our passages, which we were utterably unable
to do ourselves, but you have given us an outfit for the
voyage and the country to which we are going, and
an ample supply of provisions and other necessaries
while at sea, together with such a sum of cash as your
Fund would permit. Words fail to convey our thanks to
you for your exertions, and to the Public who contributed,
in thus enabling us to leave a town where we have
suffered sorely by want of employment. Once more,
gentlemen, we thank you, while bidding you a heartfelt,
warm adieu."

"On behalf of the Compositors,
"W.H. Wardlow.
"On behalf of the Pressmen,
"John Deane.

"To the Gentlemen of the Relief Committee."