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Title: McIntosh, James & Jane to MacKintosh, Margaret, 1852
CollectionNew Brunswick Letters
SenderMcIntosh, James & Jane
Sender Gendermale-female
Sender Occupationlinen traders
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKilkeel, Co. Down, Ireland
DestinationSt. John, N.Brunswick, Canada
RecipientMacKintosh, Margaret
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count738
Genrecorrespondence, brother's emigration, friends, local economy
TranscriptKilkeel March 22nd 1852

Dear Daughter you have reason to think us very ungrateful for not answering your letter of the
29th September last but we expected Nicholas every day at that time and is ever since running
and inquiring and writing and sending to Liverpool with strangers but to no purpose He sailed
for Lima the 3rd of July 1849 when he landed their the 2nd mate and others of the men run for
California and Nicholas got the promise of 2nd mate but him and two others run next but was
taken and brought back to the ship the Captain told him he could not trust him with authority
as he was a runner nor give him any wages for his voyage out but would pay his voyage home
and when they came home their was ten pounds kept off him and 2 others each man James
went over to see him and he told him he was going out convenient to California and would run
again Jas was only a few hours with him and Mrs Harison wrote that he sailed in a few days after
in the ship Empress which was not very plain and I wrote back if it was the Empress or the
Impress but she never said to the Empress came home last June and then she said it was not
the ship then her Daughter Betsey came over the time of the regatta in harvest and staid 3 or 4
weeks but she forgot the ships name and we could never know from them or any other what
ship or voyage he went but Mrs Harrisons family we think knows something about him but wont
tell and yesterday 12 months being the day John died caused me to write at this time of
mourning before looking any longer for what I am affraid we will never hear any more word of
our Dear son Nicholas as well as John but we have reason to be thankful that John had people
to look after him [till] he was found and decently buried and then to communicate the news of
his death to us tho A doleful news yet Gods will be done. He would be a pleasant thing for us to
Know what has become of Nicholas as their is no hopes of him except he went to South
America and run the ships for California Your brother thats following the sea might hear
something of him as we are in poor spirits about him There is little particular to write your
uncle Arthur is in very poor heath and is in a doting way tho I never went to see him I would go
20 miles only one of the family never came to the house when we got the word of Johns
Death his Daughter Mrs Wm Sloan is doing as well as any in Kilkeel at the bakery and grocery. We had a very severe winter but this 6 weeks back has been very dry and the labour has got on
rapidly the potatoes are well forward a good many has done setting this fortnight all sorts of
victualing is very cheap but potatoes and seed are from 2 ,, 6 to 3 ,, 6 per Cwt their is a great
many going out of this place to America this season but I believe their is a few going your way
Peggy Reid has been here before I began to write and requested me to mention John her
Brother to you that your mother might say something to him if he is alive and well as she is
afraid something is the matter with him for she says he never was so ungrateful before We
have nothing more to write but we are in pretty good health hoping that you continue same as
when you wrote before. Give our love in the Kindlyest manner to your Father & Mother sisters
and brothers I hope Henry Colbreath is getting better We all Join in sending our sincere thanks
to all or any of those that made themselves useful in searching for John and our prayers is that
they may never have occasion for strangers or friends to do such a benevolent thing to them
We conclude your affectionate
Father Mother Sisters Brothers
James and Jane Macintosh
Mr Samuel McCaver, tailor
Margaret MacIntosh, Widow
St. John N.B. America