|Title:||Fife, William to Fife, Nixon and Fathy, 1860|
|Collection||Oceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]|
|Sender Occupation||small farmer|
|Origin||Drumcullion, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland|
|Recipient||Fife, Nixon and Fathy|
|Transcript||Drumcullion January 18th 1860|
My Dear Children Nixon and Fathy
The First account I red of your Landing was Mary Keenans Letter to
her Father and Mother. She posted it the Day she expected you to Gobburn
from Sydney and in two Days after that her letter came I received your
Newspaper. It shewed me the Day you Landed in Sydney Octr. 4th. I also
received all your Letters and one from Fathy From Birkinhead.
Both of yous mentioned that yous saw me on the Quay of Derry
when the Boat was going out. That was the second or third time that I
stole Down as it were From I parted with yous. I kept at a distance thinking
I might see you, in the Croud among the people. I did not Wish that either
of yous would see me as I did not wish to have a second parting. The thoughts of parting with yous so preyed upon me that I wished the moment to arrive
that I might have it past. My Dear Children you may think this
ane of your Father. Althoug I parted with you in Body my heart and
the affections of a Father went with yous. I thought I could have stopped
in Foyle street untill the Boat would have gone away. But when I saw the
her going away I hurried Down close to the side of the water thinking I might
have got one sight of Fathys Black Bonnet or your Jacket as I would
have Known either. I would have waved my hat and you your hand For
2 last time. But I could see neither thoug I looked with more Desire than
the Watchman Doth for the Morning. I then came to the side of the wall
where I Bid yous Farwell and I stood untill I could not Discern the the
Liverpool Boat From the Glascow one. The cry of my heart at that moment
was Farwell Farewell Farewell My Children though not one tear could I
Yet many a silent one I have Droped to the present unknown to the
world. I never think of the moment I was obliged to push you away from
me my Dear Nixon but the Silent tears will Flow. I often wish I could
Forget the moment I took my last look at yous Both, But it is not so.
Recollecton is ever at hand with me and when I think and think again am
I never to see either of yous in this Life this is what wounds my heart. The
thoughts of this seems to haunt me like a spirit. Not But I am Grateful
that ever there came an opportunity of yous going out to that Country
Fathy in particular. I hope my Dear Children Neither of yous has Forgot
my last Words Strive to meet mee at the right hand of God.
I followed yous in imagination every Day of your tedious voyage I
looked at yous Sometimes cast Down and sorrowful looking and ready
to Say Why did I lave home For this state of confinement of Danger and
alarm at other times Cheerfull and Gay Looking forward with Blooming
hopes of reching the Desired harbour. By and By Land was seen Land
Land was the General Cry of each passenger. After Sometime the long
looked for Sydney appeerd Full in view. There was Grateful hearts and
uplifted hands to the Allmighty God For his presevring care. My thoughts
stell went Farther. I imagined I Saw yous Landed in Sydney Strangers in a
Strange land young and unexperienced in the World. Gratitude I trust
possessed Both your heart for the preserving care of God unto you, while
passing over the the Foaming Billows.
I received your Welcome Letter on the 14th of January 1860. I was
sorry when I saw the expence that attended yous to Gobburn. It was well
that you had your New: to be Forgotten friend MaryKeenan Before you.
Your Mother and all the Children are well as when yous left us Thank the
Lord most high for all his mercies unto us. Susan Keenan is well. Hughs
health has Been Delicate Since the Winter commencd. He is getting Better.
I Bought one Sack of Com andm.de n in med for Swan to have it Good for them. John has Drawn all the turf home for them. The are as Comfortable
as the can expect. Your Mother Joins with me in Sending our
Grateful Thanks and Best respects to Mary and Bessy, Mr. and Mrs. Newman
and all their Family or anything that ever Belonged to Honest Hugh
and Susan Keenan.
All your Friends and neighbours are well as when you left home with
the exception of Robert Campbell. He has Been poorly. He is recovering
well. James Fife has Got Married to Margaret McCafrey two Miles Beyond
Enniskellen on the Florencecourt road. She is seventeen years of age. James
is the old James still.
We had the worst harvest For the last 20 years. We had all safe Before
the Break came. Our oats is little Good and potatoes three parts of them
are rotten. The Drills was worth all the rest. We could Dig 23 Creels of
the Drills in one Day and Draw them home. We had Fourteen Barrels of
Wheat and 4 Stone. We Got £1-6s per Barrell. It came to £18-9-0. The Straw
came to £3-0-9.
£21-9-9 all came to. I took it to Enniskillen in one Day.
We had a Big Day in Mrs. Irvines Down the Lane you Know at tea.
We had Al[e]x. Fife and James. While they were enjoying themselves I was
thinking about you, when I saw a Drawing or picture of the Great Eastern
Steamship in Mrs. Irvines room. She is 680 Feet long 88 Feet Broad 60 Feet
from the Keel to the Deck 4 Decks 22500 tons Burden. The Caribou was only a
Fishing Boat to her.
We sold all the pigs Big and Little the came to £20-6s-6d. John got
£1-15s for Black Teady. We have the Horse yet. We could not sell him to
advantage. I got a twisted Bit made at the Forge and it is half inch thick.
With it we can hold him he is very usefull. My Dear Nixon in the handlin
of horses if ever Glanders or Fevery comes across you Stand off it on the
peril of your life. It is incurable in man or horse and as Infectious as the
small pox. Wm Armstrong of Laragh Shot three horses in the Button Percy
[?farcy buds]. And as I told you My Dear Nixon Beware of any employment
that would Endanger your Life or health. Let me Know how you
stand the heat or Does your head ache or your Nose Bleed.
John Ball is [in] Melbourne. Mr Francis Got two Newspapers from
him. James darks Brother is in the Melbourne police. He would not advise
him or Eliza to go there. She has a young son. Monekee people are all
well. I hear only midling accounts From that Country.
Now my Dear Children I must soon quit talking to yous for want of
ro[o]m. Take the Best care yous can of your selves. Keep Good Company
Keep Sober be Faithful to your Employers who ever the may be. When you
write Send me as long a letter as this one. Your Mother and all the children
Sends their loves to yous. The Lord Be your Consolation and your Guide
is the prayer Day and Night of your affection[a]te Father