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Title: Anne Caldwell to Richard Caldwell, Coleraine, 1798
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCaldwell, Anne/24
SenderCaldwell, Anne
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBallymoney, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationColeraine, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientCaldwell, Richard
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 3541/3/1: Presented by R.V.T. Edie
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9309138
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 01:09:1993
Word Count536
TranscriptBallymoney August 1st 1798

My Dearest Richard with great satisfaction we read your letter to my Aunt -
and I can assure you with sincerity -there is nothing could give us such real
pleasure - as being serviceable to you in any way, Therefore, say no more
about trouble - but just write to us when you want anything - and if it be in
our power to oblige you - you may rely on our exertions-
Your letter did not arrive until yesterday evening and Flo [Flora?] went to
the Green this morning to enquire further about your directions - your
sisters thought it best not to send the Taylor down, but on getting a note
from them just now - She went to the Man and he has promised to go early in
the morning - I hope my dear Richard will be convinced it did not proceed
from neglect on our part that his not going sooner.
I long much for your Emancipation - but still I am too thankful to Almighty
God for his mercy already shown to repine at your present confinement - it
has given us all heartfelt pleasure to hear such delightful accounts of your
state of mind - Oh! what reason you have to adore the wisdom of the Supreme
Being for his kindness in raising such friends in your behalf - indeed my
dear boy it appears to us almost as a miracle - your existence at present,
for Oh! Such enemies never was I believe - I hope we will be enabled to
forgive them - and be grateful to those who humanely interfered to preserve
your Life - but I need not dwell on this subject - convinced you have a
proper sence [sense?] of what you owe to your benefactors - - -
The sensations Flora and I feel at the idea of seeing America so soon is
easier imagined than described - My Dear Aunt has not positively said she
will go - but as we are determined never to leave her - I think she will
relinquish all thoughts of staying in Ireland - God knows the prospect of
remaining here would be gloomy to an extreme - while the view of America even
in idea cheers my Heart - there, I trust, Richard dear we will be happy - and
enjoy the society of each other in a different - in a superior degree to what
we have ever done - -
Poor Gunning! I hear he goes through tomorrow - perhaps the market will
prevent our seeing him - if this reaches you before his departure - remember
us all to him in terms of affection - and assure him of having our best
wishes for his Happiness - tell him we do not forget his obliging conduct to
us for many a year - and that we hope he will be careful of his actions in
the future - - - -
My Aunt sends her blessing to you - Miss Knox who is here just now Joins
Flora in kindest love to you -

I am my Dearest Richard with fervent prayers for your welfare ever
your affec.ate [affectionate?] Cousin
Anne Caldwell.