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Title: Patrick FitzGerald, New York, to Michael Cahill, Quebec.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileFitzgerald, Patrick Jr/14
SenderFitzgerald, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAlbion, 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 Goodard, 750 San Fernando St., San Diego, CA 92106, U.S.A.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh.
Doc. No.9601014
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:12:95.
Word Count913
TranscriptFrom: Patrick FitzGerald, Albion, Orleans Co., New York,
22 November 1846.
To: his brother-in-law, Michael Cahill, Quebec, Lower Canada.
Addressed: Mr. Michael Cahill, Quebec, Lower Canada.
Postmarked: Albion, N.Y. Nov 23; [a large] X [10 cents?];
Quebec [Dec?] 1846. Cream paper, in fair condition, folded
and creased, slight tearing, sealed with red sealing wax.

Albion Nov 22/46

Dear Michael,
I am happy to acknowledge even
"at the eleventh hour" your kind but brief letter of Sept
25th. I have sent you some papers; whether you recd.
[received?] them or not I do not know if you have and wish for
any more let me know and I will send you them regularly.
It is with sincere regret I learn that your father has
been so long unwell. I am afraid the fall weather will
not help him any; particularly if his complaint is
any way consumptive. I am (I must confess) happy that
Mary yourself and family are all well. Robt. [Robert?] I
suppose has got to be quite a boy by this time; you tell me he
goes to school; this is well, he cannot have too much the more
he gets the more profit and pleasure he will derive from
it hereafter and if properly directed will amply repay
you for whatever labour and expense you may have
to encounter while bestowing it on him. And while you
have his mental faculties thus undergoing a cultivation
which may yield an abundant harvest, his religious
culture should also be made equally important for without
the latter the former is worse than a barren desert yielding
nothing but thorns and thistles which prick the arteries
of a parents heart and bring to an untimely grave those
who had given him life. Little however do I fear that
Divine Providence would permit you thus to neglect
a duty so paramount as the one I have been speaking of.
I hoped to have a letter from Mrs. O Donnell by this time
they certainly cannot be ignorant of my "whereabouts" since.
They must have learned it of you. I should be very happy
to hear from them. I hope you will express to them my
wish to that effect and I will expect a letter by the
time I ought to have one after I suppose you will receive
this. I learn'd with much regret that Mr. Hynes was not
happy and as prosperous as I would wish him to be. May
Divine Providence grant him strength and fortitude to
bear against any affliction which in his mercy he is pleased
to send him.
I expressed to Eliza your request and she being about to
go back to New York thought she would not write
to you till she got there. She had scarcely got there however
before she wrote to me stating that she would be going to
Mobile State of Alabama the next Thursday (29th of October)
being the day on which I received her letter. She says she will
get much better wages and the climate so very mild
she thinks it will do her health much good. She wished
me to say this to you lest you should think she had
willfully neglected writing to you. I ought to have
a letter from her by this time. It would take her 12 or
14 days to get there and she has been gone 24 or 25 days.
I hope no accident has befallen her though I fear
much for there has been a tremendous gale of wind
in that direction lately. The line of packet ships however
between N. [New?] York and Mobile are of the best kind and
I can see of no disasters except to the lighter kind of brig
and schooner.
This my dear Michael is Sunday and I feel
very sad and it is now about 7 oclock in the evening.
This village contains about 2500 inhabitants. Here there
are Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, and Episcopalians
all having meeting houses but no Catholic Church and
not any nearer than Rochester between 30 and 35 miles.
I was down there about 6 weeks ago. I left here Saturday
night and got back Monday morning about 5 oclock. There
are 5 catholic churches in Rochester. The 5th is in course
of finishing and will be a splendid edifice. It was built by
the German Catholics. Two weeks ago today I was in Lockport
about 30 miles west on the canal and heard mass there.
So you see if I go to hear mass I have to go a long ways
to hear it. I understood in Rochester that John Crotty
ex soldier, and tailor was sent to states prison for stealing.
You know Michael it is part of a tailors trade to "cabbage"
a little but John stole more than once and consequently was
sent to states prison. If any from our place hear of it they
will not be surprised at it for he made himself notorious enough to
home to have such a place as that meted for him since he was
able to walk. I hope you will give my kindest remembrances
to Mr and Mrs O Donnell, to Mr and Mrs Fox, to your father and
brothers, to cousin James Burnet and if there are any other
acquaintances give them my best wishes. I heard from home
about a month ago. They are all well. I had a letter from
Thomas Buckley not long ago. They are well and so is J. Doyle.
Yours as ever P. FitzGerald

[on reverse side]
P.S. We have had no snow here yet but much
wet weather. I suppose you have good sleighing
now. I wish you much joy for any would be
better than what we have had this fall.
Write to me as soon as you receive this. P.F. [Patrick Fitzgerald?]