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Title: Letter from Eleanor Gibson to Jane Johnson, 1850
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGibson, Eleanor/1
SenderGibson, Eleanor
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientJohnson, Jane
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT3081:Purchased from Metropolitan Toronto Library Board.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9406148
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:06:1994.
Word Count930
TranscriptMy dear Jane:-
Happy, happy was I to receive your letter on the 2nd inst it
was a great satisfaction to us all to hear that you and your
children were in good health. It was a long looked for letter from
a dearly Beloved sister. I was sorry to hear of the many
difficulties you had to come through and of your Dear Henry's
death. But Dear Jane still put your trust in the Lord and he will
bring you through all by his power you crossed the seas & he can
guard you back again and then what a happy meeting we would have if
we knew the time to meet you on Belfast quay again. There has not
been much change amongst our friends since you left James Peel
visited Ireland and said he would visit you all there. Mr.Conner
died of fever in September. My Uncle Langford is well My Aunt
Sally lip is no better. Miss Rouse McElerath is married to Mr.
Ferguson Miss Clatworthy to to Mr. Birney. Mrs. Wm. [William?]
Vance has got a young daughter. Betty and James Harper is not
married yet nor we are not certain now whether or not it will be
decided soon however, there is no more word of Anne since Dear Jane
Robert and I had not much pleasure in his father's house we left it
on the 9th of July and commenced Grocers where Mrs. McCurry formerly
lived, the door above Mr. Sands the house belongs to his father and
we have no rent to pay all we pay is taxes and license. I am glad
to inform you we are very happy and comfortable now we credit none
his father gives orders to his men that keeps us busy every Saturday
night the night before the 12th of July Mary Hunter, Anne and Betty
came in and stopped with me to see the Orangemen there were between
2 and 3 hundred stand of colours there was a platform erected in the
firfield for the speakers the firfield could not contain them all
I believe they could not all get into Antrim that was coming the
like never was seen or heard of in this town before or even in
Ireland such an assemblage of orangemen Well then our sales was
slow at first on account of ready cash but we have been getting a
very good share these three or [so?] months. this town is greatly
changed for the better At november there was commenced a monthly
fair and also on tuesday a grain market and on Thursday a market for
butter, eggs and fowls the merchants comes out of Belfast on both
days and the country people gets the same price for crock and firm
butter as in Belfast. Dear Jane I knew of no happiness until now
My Dear Robert has quit the drink I may say since wee [we?] came
hear [here?] My father inlaw and John is well at present Fanny is
not left them yetbut is now warned to leave them at February there
could scarcely be a worse woman you did not know I may say anything
of her John was the instigation of her being there so long. Dear
Sister I must soon conclude I cannot advise you in marrieing
[marrying?] again My mother Mary Anne and Betty joins me in wishing
you and the children home again wee [we?] think you could not be
blue hear [here?] Anne has been here with me this eight or ten
days I may say I do not know the day of my confinement we are now
nine months married thid day Dear J.[Jane?] there was not one penny
of your depts that we could get in wee [we?] will wait now untill
you come home before wee try at law if you do come wee will have
the best chance Mr. Tagret let the house after the First quarter.
My Father, Mother, Brother and Sisters and their Familys [Families?]
are all well at present and I hope this finds you all the same Give
my kind love to Sarah and William McKeen and Family - and Isabella
and tell them wee [we?] all wonder they do not write to some of us
we would be glad to receive a letter from them Kiss the two
children for me and remember me to Alexander little Mary would not
mind me [remember me?] but I think he would often are you all in our
mindsDear Jane I will feel very happy in receiving a letter from you
as soon as possible and let me know your determination, and may God
direct you for the best. You will find enclosed a few lines from my
father and Mr. Mackey I must conclude by wishing you and the
children health, peace and contentment and prosperity in this world
and happiness in the world to come. Robert joins with me in kind
love to you and the children and all our friends absent from us. I
am My Dear Jane
Your ever affectionate Sister

Eleanor Gibson
P.S. Dear Jane
I am glad to inform you that Eleanor is one of the best of
women we are as happy as happy can be after all our little trials.
I hope ere long we may have the pleasure of your company at our
little fireside joining all in a hearty laugh as you I know who are
one who can indulge yourself in one most freely (Love to you a
trusty friend and children)

Robert Gibson