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Title: Joseph Carswell, [Augusta ?], to "Dear Father & Mother, [?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarswell, Joseph/56
SenderCarswell, Joseph
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, Usa
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceD/3305/4/4: Deposited by Dr. K. A. Miller.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9805353
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 14:05:98.
Word Count430
TranscriptDear Father and Mother

Think not it is without due premeditation we solicit
your aprobation of an act as delicate as it is serious -
delicate as it repects your own feelings and serious
on the part of ourselves ; in as much as it is one which
of all others requires to be approached, if with esteem,
yet with a diffidence which will keep that esteem tardily
in the rear of our judgement - and which requires to be
executed with due deliberation and the utmost caution
That we have formed an attachment and sealed that
attachment with the most solemn obligations to unite it,
is no longer to be concealed from you - Not doubting
you will hestitate to sanction our wishes yet permit us
(without presuming to dictate) barely to observe, that
the errors which parents have fallen into by withholding
their assent on such occassions, may be traced almost
to infinity. Give ancient and moden philosophy a careful
examination you will find that in all ages, the greatest
philosophers and the wisest men agrued in opinion that
"the first thing parents should consult in giving their
children in marriage is certainly this inclination were
due regard paid to this they argue, there would be fewer
unhappy matches - there would be fewer keen recollections
of unfortunate attachments which attend many to the
grave, blunting through life their energies, rendering
exertion without object, and success without enjoyment :
closing up the avenues of the heart and rendering it
morbidly sensative [sensitive ?] and timidly shrinking
from the risque [risk ?] of repeating suffering -
prejudicing it against the [___?] - and a thousand other
evils of equal magnitude may be traced to the refusal of
parents to sanction a congenial union - such has most often
been the case of those dispasitions uncommonaly will adopted
to the exercise of the kindest and best affections"
We have appointed Wednesday the [__?] for the celebration
of our nuptials - not doubting you will hesitate for a
moment cheerfully to yield to our wishes we submit with
the utmost confidence to your aprobation
believe is with a due sense
of duty and deference
yours &c &c &c
Joseph Carswell

By all the pangs divided lovers feel
That sweet possession only knows to heal
By all the honours bordening over the deep
Where fate and hope the hearts dominan keep
I sware [swear?] should our parents disapprove
Their smile or frown shall never change my love
Impatient hope the midnight hath employed
and led me to the Nymph my soul adored.