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Title: Thompson, Richard to Hammond, Joseph and Helenah, 1845
CollectionOceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
SenderThompson, Richard
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDrumgor, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland
DestinationBelfast, Victoria, Australia
RecipientHammond, Joseph and Helenah
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipbrothers-in-law/ siblings
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count606
Genrenews, emigration
TranscriptDrumgor June the 9—1845

Dear Brother & Sister Joseph & Helenah Hammond
I embrace this favourable opportunity of scribling these few Lines to
you once more hoping that the will find you Both in as Good Health as
the leave us all in at present thank God for all His mercies to us. I received
your Letter after a long silence on the 30th of May Being Dated the 29th
of September 1844 which Gives us all a Great Deal of Comfort But sory
to hear of your Loss But content to Hear of you Being in a situation and
your children in Good Health.
Dear S. & Brother I had William Millers Letter which Gives us some
satisfaction Concerning the way of Living in Australia, and of Him receiving
your Stepfathers letter After you had left melbourn And by that I judge
you had not received my Last letter for Daniel had posted his some time
Before me. But as soon as this comes to Hand I Hope you ont Neglect in
answering this as God knows whether Ever 1 will have the Satisfaction of
writing to you any more or not for I have set my face towards America
and I have to Be in Belfast to morrow to Go on Boatd the Conqueror for
Quebec me and my mistress Maria Gilpin and if Posible I can Write from
America To you I will as soon as as I settle. But I Hope that you will alow
my father to put a case on your letter and forward it to me as soon as it
comes to Hand.
Dear sister & Brother my mother Enjoys Prety Good Health But is
still thinking of you, and Mee Going away now Sets sore on hir. But thank
God wee all Enjoy Prety Good Health—and I am content with the satisfection
that you Give me of the river yarra yarra and the Reptiles. But I
hope that the Lord will Be Gracious to you to Keep them from you all. I
hope that you will Let me Know what Lenght your Days is and of ther is
much cultivation since you came to Australia and of it is improveing any
way fast.
Dear S & Brother your stepfather and Mother received your Letter
along with our one And the are for writing soon. The are all well Likewise
our Brother John wife and famly. There famly is increasing there youngest
is a son Joseph. Aunt Betys famly is well. Edward Boyd Susana and famly
is well. Dear Brother & Sister I am So much confused that I cant Give you
as much satisfaction as I should But I Hope that you will forgive Me at
Dear sister
I Hope an ear you will lend
to those few lines the Being the last I send
from old Ireland my Deer native soil
I am Going to leave it, and wander many a mile
I am Going to cross the atlantic sea
and try to reach the Land of Liberty
to Leave Drumgor tomorrow the 10 of June it is my intent
Our old Birth Place where my youthful Days I spent
alongst with you in Quietness and content.

No more at present But remains your Affectionate Brother to Death
Richd. Thompson
Farewell To you Both.

Dear sister & Brother my father stands it Prety well althoug he is a
Hard working man. Sister Bess wishes to Know of you word of coming home. She
is still talking about you Both and your son Robert.

To Mr Joseph Hammond
Belfast Port Fairy
by Private ship