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Title: Patrick Fitzgerald, New York, to Michael Cahill, Quebec
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileFitzgerald, Patrick Jr/12
SenderFitzgerald, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmentions being employed
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDansville, New York, USA
DestinationQuebec, Canada
RecipientCahill, Michael
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipbrothers in law
SourceEmigrant letters of the Fitzgerald family, Co. Tipperary, 1829-1907. copyright reserved by Edwina Goddard, 750 san Fernando ST, Sandiego, CA 92106, USA.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9511089
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 17:11:95.
Word Count674
TranscriptOld Irish Letters

Letter from Patrick Fitzgerald, Dansville,
Livingston Co., New York, 26 October 1844. To his
brother-in-law & Sister, Michael & Mary
Fitzgerald Cahill, Quebec, Canada.
Addressed: Michael Cahill Esq, Lemesuerier & Co,
Quebec, L.C
Postmarked: Dansville, N.Y. Oct.(?); Queenston,
U.C Oct30; Quebec, L.C., Nov 6, 1844.
Cream paper in very poor condition, folded,
creased, tearing on creases, holes, one piece
loose, sealed with red sealing wax.

Dansville Oct 26, 1844

Beloved Brother-in-law & Sister
The seeming
negligence on your part in never answering a
letter of mine induced me not to write untill
such time as a letter from me may be welcome and
answered by you. Even now I would not write had
not Eliza told me you would like to hear from me
now. The reason that I now write hoping at the same time
sincerity is at the bottom of it, which I do not
doubt, she has also told me that Mr. & Mrs.
O Donnel are well. I am happy indeed to hear and
their welfare gives me the greatest pleasure. I
wrote two or three letters to them but recd
[received] no answer and as a consquence thought
that like the rest of my Quebec Correspondence
that it was unwelcome, hoping that this at least
will be inducive to have them write to me. I
shall always have great pleasure in hearing from
them or you.
In speaking of the pleasure which
will naturally arise in the bosom of any
individual hearing from those with whom he has
once become associated it is a gratifying thought
that his friends are doing well when then it is
gratifyuing [gratifying] to hear of only an
acquaintance doing well, how much more gratifying
that pleasure which tells us that those who are
most dear to us on earth are enjoying those happy
moments through the journey

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of life which is only the reward of rectitude and
the fruits of integrity. On the contrary how is
it with those who have ever isolated themselves
and kept aloof from those associations which
nature itself has enjoined upon them to perform
and which a just appreciation of duty should
impel us forward to that eternal goal of
happiness, Life Immortal. Even temporally speaking how much
sweeter the consolation is when we know that we
have never neglected our duty to our friends, be
they what they may, I cannot possibly avoid
complaining of your neglect, though God knows I
do it most unwillingly once. Just consider it
yourself to be now for almost 5 years without
ever having a direct word from you. Under some
circumstances this may be excused, but as a
truth, and I regret to say it, I can see no
reason which could prevent you from writing if
only one line to say you are well. But yet you
have only reasons of which I know nothing which I
hope you will be so condescending as to give
immediately on receipt of this.
How long ago it is since [I?] you
heard from me verbal or otherwise I don't know so
to give you a long history of my "ups & downs"
with the world in this much paper were to be more
than I could do. I suppose you are aware of the
business I follow. I have

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I have been out of my time about 18 months and
have been attacked with the billious [bilious?] cholic, or
more properly as inflammation of the bowels,
twice which took all the money I had spent
I have hired out to the man I am
to work for at present for one year for 275
dollars and boarding, or very near 23 dollars per
month. I have now been to work about two months
for hire and thanks be to God my health is very
good and hope if it continues good to lay up some
of my wages but at present it is impossible for
me to do. I will expect a letter from home in a
very little while for I have written home. I hope
you will not delay answering this as I shall be
very anxious to hear from you. I am much hurried
at present and must excuse the writing as well as
some of the dictation.

While I remain
Your &c &c
P. Fitzgerald (with rubrica flourish)
P.S. Direct your letter to me Dansville,
Livingstone Co., N.Y/
Dont forget to write, best respects
to all enquiring friends.
This letter is in the possession of Edwina T. Goddard (Mrs. W.
R. Goddard).
750 San Fernando Street
San Diego, California 92106