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Title: Frederick Foster, Sidmouth, England to Vere Henry Foster, New York, U.S.A.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileFoster, Sir Frederick/34
SenderFoster, Sir Frederick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSidmouth, England
DestinationNew York, USA
RecipientFoster, Vere H.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD.3618/D/4/1 & 1A: Presented by the late A.C. May.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9306027
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogAction By Date Document added by S M, 04:06:1993.
Word Count365


Letter from Sir Frederick Foster (2nd Bt.,[Baronet?] brother
of Vere), to Vere in America, enclosing a copy of his
letter to Lieut. [Lieutenant ?] Hodder, R.N. [Royal Navy]
Government Emigration Officer, Liverpool, and the latter's
reply, and informing him of the various steps he has taken
to enquire into the ship 'Washington'.

Envelope:- Vere Henry Foster Esq., [Esquire ?]
Post Office
New York


Sidmouth Jan [January ?] 10/15 [1851 ?]

My dear Vere
We were, as you may suppose very much shocked to hear
of the treatment you met with on board the Washington, and
in the interests of all future Emigrants I thought it
necessary to take some steps to make the Ships Companies
more careful in their choice of officers. - Enclosed is a
letter I wrote to the Govt., [Government ?] Emigration
Officer at Liverpool, and his reply. - I then wrote a second
letter to him giving him a list of the provisions due & [and?]
received and the conversation between the Surgeon & [and ?]
you as to the age of adults, which are the two points most
directly opposed to the regulations. - I also wrote to the
Agent of the Black Star Line of Packet who has not deigned
any answer. - I wrote to Captain Lindsay who discouraged
the idea of legal proceedings as evidence could not easily
be procured, & [and ?] finally I have written to the Editor
of the Freemans Journal, to whom I sent the Protest signed
by the 128 passengers & [and ?] begged him to publish it as
a warning to future Emigrants against the Ship "Washington".
If you had prosecuted the Captain at New York, it would have
been easier to obtain damages. - Captain Lindsay remarks that
if you had gone in the fore cabin, your interference on board
would have had more effect.

I am glad to hear so good an account of your emigrants and of
the Earls family. I hope next year will show a large diminution
in the number of Emigrants, the fare to New York is now 2 pounds
10 [s?]. - The country is improving rapidly and from [Killarney ?]
I have very good accounts, the school is progressing and McNally
has established a debating society. - I got them a mistress but
shall have to change her, the trustees of the School & [and ?]
the Parish have hitherto totally neglected it as if it were no
concern of theirs, but I have written to both & [and ?] insist
upon their doing something better then they have done.

The Encumbered Court works well & [and ?] has sold a million's
worth of property chiefly in Meath, Galway & [and ?] Cork.
Agrarian outrages are now chiefly confined to Armagh. - I am
going over there early next month for the assizes and have let
both houses in London at moderate rates, preferring to let them
at the usual rate rather then speculate on high prices during the
Exhibition. - that in New Street will be vacant again in August
& [and ?] that will be time enough for the Exhibition. - My mother
goes to [Bra--sea ?] in May or perhaps even in April. - I have
written you two letters before this but did not write so soon as I
calculated on your being at least six weeks on the voyage. When
next you write, tell us what you did on board all day & [and ?]
whether you were allowed to walk on deck. - Whether the passengers
had any way of passing time & [and ?] whether you had lights & [and?]
room enough to read & [and ?] write. - Your next will probally be
from Washington I think there is a railroad open now to Pittsburg
[Pittsburgh ?] one of the most progressing [progressive ?] places
in America which I hope you will visit.- And from thence there is
steam to New Orleans. - If you meet with any compendious statistical
accounts of the States pray read them. The census has just been taken
but I have not any account of it. - The project of a railroad seems
most gigantic - I hope the Congress will not allow a monopoly of the
traffic, but make it themselves by degrees.

Your Affr [Affectionate ?] Brother
Frederick Foster