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Title: McCance, John to Orr, William, 1859
CollectionOceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
SenderMcCance, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationgold-digger
Sender Religionunknown
OriginVictoria, Australia
DestinationGrey Abbey, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
RecipientOrr, William
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipold neighbour
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TranscriptChewton Forest Creek
Sep 14th/1859
Dear Sir
I very gladly received your few lines addressed to me for which I feel
doubly obliged and the more that you condescends to communicate with
me I am certnly very much astonished to hear of that wonderfull revival
in your land and neighbourhood and I sincearly thank God for the Blessed
news and I trust before you receive this that in place of tens you will have
hundreds to record that is brought from darkness to behold the marvilous
It would be very shortly after the date of your last that you would
hear of the Death of Robert Gibson which would very much surprise you
all but Remember he is only gone before and this is the sure portion of us
all and it is a loud call for us to be also ready. We were also very glad to
hear of you and all your familys good health and to hear of all our friends
being in good health also.
John & Maty were very glad that you mentioned her father &
Mother but John Reagen is working at some distance from us and I have
not seen him since I got the letter. Thomas Brooks is also at a distance of
10—or 12 miles from us towards the City of Melbourne working with
William Patton and John Leackey at the Blacksmith work so I have not
seen him since either. Mr. John Jeffery is still liveing at Fryerstown but he
has never come over to see us yet although it is not far from us. He is Store
Keeping there.
Mr. Robert Byers was a long time rambling about the country idle
although we tried our utmost but however we did succeed in getting him
a situation through the Agency of the School Master who is teaching all
our children at present. He is with an uncle of his but as he tells me that
he is for writeing by this mail so you will hear from him. But I am glad to
inform you that he told me in his letter that he has joined the tote Abstainance
Since he went there and I trust by this time that he will be a
member of the Wesleyan body of which his Master is a preacher although
he is a gentleman.
William Boyde from Bally Halbert is still working with John Regen
and Wm Boyce. As for the others they have not left it in our power to
mention them. Mr. Cowan is still in our neighbourhood but to recompense
my Mrs. he tried to do her all the harm he could. As to Mr. Kerr we do
not Know where he is or what he is doeing neither do I think he will do
well. I have not heard of Mr. John Semple lately or whither he is removed
or not. I think Robert Byer, is well fixed if he takes care as I think he will.
Indeed I have very little news to send but what you will get by these
papers which I intend to send by this mail. Our railway works is still goeing
on. They are working at them opisite our place at present but the wages is
eight shillings per day and I have that where I am and less hours and easier
work. I will be three years there on the 18th of this month.
I think I have often told you about our stage coaches. We have a
good number on our road now. We have four day coaches. One leaves
Castlemaine at six oclock in the morning with 6 horses one at eight with
4 do two at half past nine with six horses each. One leaves at one oclock
with 4 horses and is it [at] Melbourne at eleven at night. At the same time
one levies Melbourne at the same time as each of these meeting at halfway
and runs through in a day. We have 2 at night. One starts at seven at night
and the other at nine this is the mail and she arrives at half past two in
the morning. So you may think we are not living in a wilderness or desert.
On Sunday last one of these coaches (of Cobb & cos line as you will see
by the papers) passed by this with fourteen grey horses or nearly white all
a driveing in hand with about sixty men on and in her. It was a splended
sight. This was a pleasure trip (as they do not run on Sundays). We have
also about twenty of all sorts of cabs or busses runing to and from Chewton
and Castlemaine and I ommited to say that one of Cob and Co's coaches
runs eight grey horses all summer in a large coach and they are commenced
Now I think I have giving you all that I remember only what you
will get in the papers. And as this leaves us all that I know in the best of
good health I trust that it will find you and Father & Mother and Brother
all continueing still to injoy your usual good health and wishing for your
wellfare we all join in our Kindest regard to you and Mrs. wishes to be
rememberd to your Mother in the Kindest manner, while I remain your
much obliged friend and wellwisher
John McCance