|Wyly, Isabella to Wyly, Matilda, 1858
|Oceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
|Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
|Rundle Street Adelaide
October 19th 1858
My dearest Sister
Your Kind letter and Parsel came safe to hand 15th October. I regreted
very much not been able to answer it by return of post, but the mail
made some little delay in Melburne so that the Australian mail left before
the English one arived.
I cannot express my delight when seeing yours and dear Thomases
likeness, they were so Good. Do tell me when the were taken and where.
I can carsely believe after seven or 9 long years I was to see you once more.
I hope for my sake I shall see the reality some day.
My dear Brother I fancy I see Him alive, I cannot believe he is gone,
but I hope to meet him on a better Shore than even these Golden Shores.
Tell dear Susan I was delighted with her Collar. I have never seen
one like it. I shall be so carefull of wearing it lest I should wear it out soon
which would grieve me very much. Also dear Edwards present, I have put
it away for a particular ocation which I will tell him of some day. I intend
writing to each one thanking them myself, but please tell them I prize them
more coming from them than if I paid 30/- for them here.
I hope by this time dear Edward has read my note. I intend writing
often if it is but a few lines, and I hope you will do the same, for it is
cheering to think I have one Sister in the world, thou[gh] far from me yet
ever dear to me, and your dear little ones also. Dear Matilda I intend
sending my likeness per a Gentleman who is going home in december next.
His Name is Mr. Charles Robin. I shall inclose his adress. He has promised
to register the parsel in London so as to go safe. I thought it was a nice
chance as I should hav to leave the end of the parsel open if I send it by
Post [?] here or pay letter weight which would be more than all is worth,
but I should not mind that had I not this good chance. I send Edward a
little Pocket Book with a letter and a soverin. He can please himself as to
spending it. I have not thought yet what to send dear little Susan, but She
shall have some thing to remember her Poor Aunt Bella.
I shall write before you receive the parcel, so I sh[a]ll then tell you
the contents. I cannot think what I could Send you that you could prize.
You have all the nice things and everythink won [owe] could wish to get,
but here nothing is new. I hope I shall some day see dear old Dublin again
and its splendid shops and every thing ones heart could wish for, but it
was not for me to be there when I was well off. All happened for the best.
We cannot expect thinks to happen just as we like in this world. It would
not be well for us if so, for we should likely forget ourselfs, and cling to[o]
close to this Vail of Tears.
I was sorry to hear your dear Mother was not so well. I think it is
well for her She has you with her, you do for her what no stranger would
do I soppose She is failing fast, you cannot expect her to last many years
longer I do trust when her change comes it will be a happy one. It will be
a consolation to those she leaves behind. Give my very dear love to her.
I soppose you would not think of coming to Australia while she lives.
I hope times will be much better before you come. The never were much
worse than the ar present. There is such a dale of comp[et]ition
some times you think the People would not let one another live if possable.
I shall alway be able to let you know how things ar getting on before then
so you will be able to Judge for your self. For my part nothing I should
like better in this world, than to have you all near me and I have no doubt
by industry you would do well, but as I have told you before it is all chance
May God direct your steps which ev[e]r way he thinks best. He has
guided me all through life, and I am sure he will you if you trust to him,
altho alone without an earthly helping hand, you have him who has promised
to be the Husband to the Widow, a friend to the friendless. I found a
father and friend in him in a strange land and opend my private [?] wary
way and when surround by danger and temtacion he was my shied. I trust
my faith may never fail in him and may we all look to him who is the
strong for Strength.
Dear Sister l am still in the Times Drapery Mart, I cannot tell how
much longer. Perhaps my next letter may say something I cannot say any
thing for sertain yet, but as far as Gault & Scott are conserned I may stay
forever, for the would never give there consent to my leaving exept exept
to better myself which I hope if I should it would be. I hope I would raise
your curiousity, but 1 shall tell you all in my next which I hope will be
next Mail. I am just as happy as ev[e]r no care. I some times think it cannot
always last but I must not look at the dark side of things. We are doing a
very good traede, I believe as Good as any in town.
The anser to your question you will be Surprised to hear. I have got
quite a Profisent [?] hand at Milinery. I trim and make Bonnets. I trim
plenty but I have so litle time to spare to make I give most Bonnets out.
It is all left to me just as I like. I like to sit some times to sew for a change,
but I am continualy up & down serving customers. Mr. Scott has a Sister
just come from Strabane in the North of Ireland, it mak[e]s it much more
plesant for me to have a young person with me. She is about 29 years of
age and a very nice Girl just lik her Brother a Good hearted lrash Gir . She
knows nothing of the Drapery buisness being brought up on a farm. There
is a large family of this home respectable farmers.
Uncle is just getti[ng] on the same. I told you he got a Warrant [?]
Situation at one hundred per Year which is the best thing that has turned
up for him yet for it is perm[anen]t from 9 in the morning untill 5 or 6 I
do not know which evening [?] and every Saturday at one the[y] close. I
hope he will soon get a raise as he anticipates. He has had a hard struggle
to get on and bring his large family up respectably as he has done. The
have Cows and Calv[e]s and Hens and Ducks and I do not know what all
but I expect Aunt will enclose a note which will tell you all perticulars.
November 9th 185
I thought I woul begin another apistel as I had a little more News
to tell you. I dare say part of my letter will raise your curiosity, and as
things have come to the point I must tell you I am engaged to Mr Scott
you have often herd me speak of, as my cousin [?]. Aunt E will tell you all
about him rather I expect she will. I cannot Say more at present than He
is one after my own heart, and in short words he is almost perfection in
If Aunt will not describe him I will when next I write. I promised to
send you my likeness. I shall decline doing so Untill I send dear William
and mine together. I know you will like to have them, both together. Perhaps
I shall still send them by Mr. C. Robin, but I sh[a]ll say in what way
I shll send them by next Mail. I shll have [a] litle to tell you by next mail
for the changes which is about to take place here. I do not know whether
we shll stay here or not, it quite depends upon sercomstances. I shall write
next month. I hope I shll hear from you ev[e]ry month also.
I did not intend writing much more, but this affair having taken place
within the last fortnight, I thought I would gratify your curiosity. You were
surprised to hear I was a Wesleyan but I soppose I shall s[t]ill be one as,
my dear William is an out and out one, not only in Name but in heart and
prinsable [principle]. My only prayer is that I may never be a stumbling
block in the way for him, but that we may both go hand in hand in the
name of Christ. It matters little in the Name as long as we ar named as
the Children of God and even of the Guardians [?] of Heaven. I some times
wish we were all together here, but all is for the best, I hope we shall some
Mr S and Sister ar from Drumclamph co Tirone. I never met a nicer
family since I came to this colony. You will se e[?] I was determined to have,
my own country man. It is the first offer I have had from an Irish man but
plenty of English which I expect Aunt will tell you of but as I told you
before I waited untill Mr Write would come and he has at last.
I must not tax [?] your pacience with this scribble any longer. I hope
my next will be a more interesting one. Please give my very kind love to
Uncle John and Aunt and all Family when you see them. Please tell them
all, I am lon[g]ing to hear from them. I send them a Paper almost every
Month. I receive his also which is very kind of him not to forget me. Tell
him or Aunt to write. I send you a paper also Uncle, by this mail [?]. I send
you a Gold Shawl Pin for your self with a Nugget of Gold which answers
for a head [?]. I could not think what to send So I thought you woul[d] like
some thing coloniaflj. If you will keep it for my sake as a token of love, I
sh[a]ll send what I promised by Mr C. Robin to Edward with Susan, for I
can send nothing that I should wish to send by letter. I shll send Mr R
adress by next mail. Please answer [?] this by return of Post.
Give my love to the dear Children and lots of Kisses. I soppose dear
Edward will except this from his Poor Aunt. Give my Kind love to your
dear Mother and all friends and except the same dear Matilda from your
ever fond and Affection[ate]
May God bless you and yours and give you Grace and Strength under all
your trials and trubles and bring you through all. That is the sincere Prayer
of your fond