|Fife, William to Fife, Nixon, 1861
|Oceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
|Drumcullion, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
|Drumcullion November 11th 1861
My Dear Nixon
This is over and above all the other trouble I am Giving you, But in
Decency I could not avoid it. I put her off two or three times of Sending
money to you to pay her passage, as the News of the letters of Australia
runs throug the Country like wilefire. When she heard by Thomas Farmers
Sons of Mullaghmeen that there was a passage for three pounds for Girls
and Five pounds for Boys, she came to me. I told her I thought it was in
the Melbourne side of the Colony that the Farmers was, and that there
might not be a passage from Sydney. She went to Thomas Farmer. He made
some excuse that he Did not Know when he would write. Upon her own
account and Mr Balls account, I would Do all I could. She said She would
take Chance. I thought you had enough to Do, attending to your Buisness
without this. I send you a Cheque for three pounds if you can Get her a
passage to Sydney for it, she says it is in Sydney she intends to stop if she
can get out, and if you can not you will cash her Cheque and Send her a new Cheque for her Money. Direct her letter and any other Dockets to her
self and not to me, to Saragh Logan Drumcullion Ballinamallard office.
Saragh Logan is 23 years of age. Be particular in this.
Tell Fathy that the collars worn here now is very shallow and that
Mother Bought the stamp and Fanny Johston wrought it. There was no
time to Bleach it. If it is not the Kind that is worn there tell her to send
word in your next Letter how many Inches Deep and of what Form as
near as she can and Mother will go as near the Directions as she can.
Mother will Send her a pair of Cuffs a match for the Collar she sent her.
If John and George goes, tell Fathy to not be loth to send for any thing
that we could send her.
George will be a young traveller wherever it may be his lot to Go. Good Sometimes comes out of Evill. I have often thought if your mother had Been living that you or any of yous never would have Seen the Shores of Australi.
You may be ready to think how am I to Do when I am left to my self in my
old Days. I am resolved to not prevent them for Doing whatever we may
think is best for them [even] If I should spend the last of my Days in the poor
House, as I know my Days are Fast coming to and end.
But I have a hope, when I leave This World of Care and Anxiety I
shall go where there there will be no tears of Sorrow nor any Distracting
Care. I hope My Dear Nixon and Fathy that neither of yous has Forgot
my last Charge and Final farewell to yous to Strive to meet me in Heaven.
I hope you lay By all these Scribbles I have sent you as I do yours and
when I have a leisure hour I often look over then. And When I have wrote
my last letter to you, and when I am Gathered to my Kindred Dust, in the
Church yard of Magheracross and my Spirit in a World of Spirits, it may
be you will in like maner be looking over some of my sayings and advices
to you. Now I commend you my Dear Children to God and his protecting
I have wrote you a long letter the Day Before I wrote this. We have
an awfully severe Winter Set in Frost and Snow and all maner of Severity.
Many Country people is Buying Store Coals others cutting sticks. Tha[n]k
God we are Better off than many off our Neighbours. The House will not
rain in this ten years to Come. I could talk to you for a year but I must
say Farewell for a while, your affectionate Father to Death