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Title: James Collins, Peterborough, Ontario to James [?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCollins, James/18
SenderCollins, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationworks at Registry Office
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOntario, Canada
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2487/1/55: Copied by Permission of E. H. McIlwaine Esq., Farnham Road, Bangor, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007040
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:10:1993.
Word Count746
TranscriptPeterboro [Peterborough?] C.W. [Canada West?]

July 19th 1865

My dear James
I suppose you will
think by this time that I have forgotten
you altogether, not having written to
you since I left Peterboro [Peterborough?] - I suppose
[if all?] are aware that after I left you last
August that I went to Seaforth a small
village within 20 miles of Lake Huron,
where I met with a Capt. Ord [Ond?] late of the
71st Highlanders who is in the Grain business,
he gave me a situation for the winter months
to receive, and ship the grain from his
store house. I liked the business first rate
but found Ord devilish bad pay, I left
him last May, he owes me about $30,
which I dont expect to get, however I got
a good knowledge of the business. When
I left Ord I went to Toronto and tried to
get a situation there but was unable to
procure one. I remained in Toronto until the
20th of June, and then returned here, and acted
as groomsman to Allan McDougall
who was married a few days ago to
Miss Mary Ridley. I don't think you
knew her. I was going to pay Joe a
visit a few days ago, and had every
thing [everything?] prepared for a start when I
heard of a situation in the Registry Office
in Peterboro [Peterborough?]. I went in and made application
and was appointed, I now go in
every morning at 10 o'clock and remain
until 3. The situation will only last
until November, when I hope to
get a commission from Nichols & Hall
to buy Grain for them, or from some of
the other Grain buyers - I saw Wheeler
about a fortnight ago, he is just the
same old [2/6?], he has got a situation as
foreman over the men working on the
Burleigh Road, at $1-50 per day. The
day before he left I was in with him all
morning and got awfully TIGHT. I never
was so tight in my life, he took me
over to Allan McDougall's office
where I lay until about eight o'clock
at night, I then went to Caisses and

had something to eat and went home
all right. Patterson (Wheeler's son-in-law)
called here this morning for some money
he saw Joe a few days ago, he says
he is first rate. Joe has some chap
called Harleison with him since March.
I believe they get along together pretty well,
but have a small bit of shindy now
and again by way of variety - I saw
Tharpe a few days ago, he looks better
than ever I saw him. I believe he is off
drink now altogether. Squire Perry is
walking about the corners as usual, he
is not Mayor now, for which I am sorry.
The chap that is in his place is not half
as well fitted for it, however he in (sic) intends
to try again next election. Poor Templeton
Brawn is regularly smashed up, he is at
present in a situation at Boston and
making $15 per week, he has also $300
per annum for singing in a Church, his
family are in Peterboro [Peterborough?]. Jessie the mare
has had a foal, I am sure she should
have had a dozen after the BOREING
she got last year. Poor Nellie Reid has
been nearly dead this spring, but is quite
recovered now, she never comes here now,
but every time I see her, the whole subject
of conversation is Mr Nichalson, she was
not half pleased that you wrote to Miss
Hilton and not to her. Miss Hilton and
her party are just the same as ever. They
are here nearly every evening; & I go [?] there
pretty often. Do you remember the day
we caught her in the BOG SHANTY? Old
John Reid and Tom Armstrong are going
off in the boat to Rice Lake tomorrow
to spend a week and fish. I will go
up this fall and spend a week or two
with Joe and have a hunt. Wheeler
poisoned four wolves last fall. Do
you ever try the camping out at all?
What do you think of the old country
after this? I never saw so cool a summer
as this has been since ever I came to the
country, the thermometer ranges every day
from 65 to 70 in the shade, it is much more
pleasant than the roasting hot weather.
Everything is just going on here the same.