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Title: Marianne Gurd, Montreal, to Fanny Payne, Longford
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGurd, Marianne/14
SenderGurd, Marianne
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife, runs a boarding house
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
DestinationLongford, Ireland
RecipientPayne, Fanny
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 3664/1
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9309091
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 01:09:1993
Word Count272
NoteN.B. includes short biography at the bottom
TranscriptMAY 4, 1850

I suppose my dear Fannie, you are all looking out for a line from me this
month past. As you know, we were obliged to leave College Street. We
have been lucky, I hope, in meeting with two nice cottages a little from
the bustle of the city with a very nice garden at the back, some apple and
pear trees. One of the [--------?] who has a wife and one grown daughter
occupy one and we the other. We pay seven pounds ten shillings a year
each: the garen [garden?] between us, but distinct houses each [------?]
are bound for a year to them. They are situated on the top of a hill and
command a view of the river then orchards all round and no very near
neighbours to burn (?) us out. I should tell you that it is about ten
minutes walk from the factory for Joseph. The two men, I mean Martin and
Joe are busy digging and hoing [hoeing?] their beds every morn and evening
[-----?]. As they leave off work at [------?] they have nice time. We
have been here a forthnight [fortnight?]. I have been so busy having
everything to do myself and the child is troublesome sometimes. She has
not yet got a tooth. She stands, and creeps all over the room. Our
cottage is small, two rooms and one large upstairs over the two, but
beautifully situated. It's a wooden building.
We spent last winter comfortably in our fine house. The parlour was so
large I put my bed in it near the stove. We had a good deal of snow, but
not as hard long freezing as the winter before. I put on flannel
[--------------?] for a short time as I was nursing and threatened with
pains at first hard frost which was in December. I had an old fellow
lodging with me, a very plain person, he was box making at the factory and
gave very little trouble. He slept in the back parlour. He is with me
still, and pays half our rent. I am obliged to wash a shirt each week for
him [---------?] [---------?] [-------?] and, I think of taking a young man
to board soon, a plain one who will pay only 8/- a week but I'll (?) not be
a bit particular, only to give plenty plain food, which is cheap here.
Potatoes are 2/6 a bushel I think [-------?] in that [----------?] I begin to long now to hear from you all. My Mother and Father [--?] how do they get on. I dream continually of you all and my little Fannie, now bearly [barely?] five years old, must be grown out of my knowledge. Tomorrow the 4th is our
Baby's birthday. Will you see Eliza and Bessie soon and tell them to quickly send Bessie here. She might be back next spring if on trial she did not like it. One of the head dress makers was kept by two sisters, old maids. They both died last summer of Cholera. Miss Majors, [Misses Major?] there was two crapes [crepes?] hung at the door, they died same night. I always think it is a pity for a person [---------------------------------?] amongst their friends to come to a distant land, but if so circumstanced that it becomes best to do so from the prospect, I'd greatly prefer coming to America and from several who have travelled the States and Upper Provinces, one may be as well here. There's for and against any place. I'd be very glad if Providence sent some of my own to live near me. I heard of Charlay's Charley's?] son and heir. How is

Norman getting on? and the Scott's? You won't know. They may succeed if
once they make [----------?]. Joseph had a pleasant trip into the States
this winter with Mr. Mathewson. A horse was stolen and they followed
quickly in a sleigh post haste. He was away three days, stopped at
splendid hotels and crossed on the ice going and coming and got the horse
stolen. [the stolen horse?] The Yankees have the name of being very
knowing and great rogues, the Canadians are really nice people in their
dealing, unsuspicious, and a quiet people. It's a great loss not to know
French dealing with them though many speak broken English, and British any
time here pick up as much as they can [-------------?] and [----------?].
There's an interesting mixture of French, Scotch, English and Irish. Our
neighbour is English, his wife north of Ireland. All manner and kind of
houses of worship. I go regularly to the English Church. Joe minds Bab and has dinner ready, he goes for the evening. I would be too sleepy at that hour. St. [Saint?] Ann's Church is mine now, a nice young English clergyman. How is Mr. Porch? His cousin went to the States. Mrs. Caire, her husband got [-------------ed?] and went off. Miss Payton holds situation as governess here. I hope you and Florence will write me long letters and you have much news. Write when you receive this direct to Mrs. Joseph Gurd,
care of