|Robertson, John to Gore Booth, Henry, 1847
|New Brunswick Letters
|St. John, N.Brunswick, Canada
|Co. Sligo, Ireland
|Gore Booth, Henry
|cargo, finding jobs for emigrants, payments, the Aeolus
|Henry Gore Booth Esq.
Dear Sir, Saint John, July 14th 1847
I duly received your esteemed favor of the 15th Ulto and notice that the “Yeoman” and “ Lady Sale” are both coming here for your two Cargoes of Timber the former with Passengers & I wish for your sake as well as my own that she might bring some other Cargo. I will however do the best in my power for them poor Creatures on their arrival. It is however very difficult to manage with them they are utterly ignorant of the work here and unless they take less wages than those accustomed to the work they are not employed. I tried, myself & got others to give work to many of “Æolus” people, but there is no satisfying them with wages, those that have gone in the Country are all well employed. The “Æolus” left here on the 3rd Inst. with a find time -- and hope she will have a quick passage. I paid Mrs. Driscoll’s £7 agreeable to his Capt Driscolls order and will continue to do so monthly until I have your instructions to the contrary. I will hurry Mr. Payne with the work altho at present he has a good deal to do. Messrs. Owens & Duncan are building for themselves, but not as successors to Mr. Payne -- who still continues the Shipbuilding. Wages are high here for Carpenters at present and must continue so for some time to come untill winter, at any rate; next year I think they will be lower. You may rely upon every attention to your Cargoes; I have no fear of my shipments, comparing with any house here, I will avoid staves except a few to Block & wedge the Cargo. The monies required I will pay with pleasure and every despatch shall be given; their Cargoes will be all ready for them indeed they are so now, and I wish they were here to take it on board, It is of importance to get them away by the 1st September to save their Deck Loads, as well as to save premium of Insurance.
I enclose you dup. of my last and copies of all the acct’s.
Meantime I remain,