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Title: Anna Hay, Peterborough to C. Kirkpatrick, Cullybackey
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Anna/1
SenderHay, Anna
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPeterborough, Ontario, Canada
DestinationCraigs, Belfast, N.Ireland
RecipientKirkpatrick, Catherine
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1604/278: Presented by Rev. Robert Kirkpatrick, Breezemount, The Roddens, Larne, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9012042
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by B.W. 20:12:1993
Word Count1651
TranscriptTo: Mrs Kirkpatrick
Craigs [Cullybackey?]
Belfast Ireland

[Postmarks front & back]
KINGSTON [Canada?] AM JA [January?] [?] --75 [1875?]
PAID DERRY JA [January?] 27 18-- [1875?] COL [Colonial?]
4 S BELFAST JA [January?] 28 --75 [1875?]
CULLYBACKEY A JA [January?] [?] --75 [1875?]

Peterboro [Peterborough?]
Jan---y [January?] 7th 1874 -

My dearest Aunt
I received your nice kind
& welcome letter on the 2 day of the
New Year, thank you very much for
it - I was very happy to find you were
all well when you wrote - for I
was just beginning to wish to hear
of or from you - as I think it has
been more unhealthy in the old
country, than usual this year
the newspapers spoke of part of
November & Dec being very sickly
& it was during that time
that poor dear Charley has been
so ill - tho' [though?] untill [until?] he was able
to write himself & tell of it we did
not know of his illness at all - though
Charlotte had written to her sister
they never mentioned it to any of us
till danger was passed - very timid of
them - Poor Charlotte has a most
terrible time, as when Charly [Charley?] was so ill
they telegraphed to her that her Aunt
was dying & to go quick - she could not
leave Charley without someone to look
after him as the children took
all the care of the others - then she
got one of the Beauforts to come to
Charly [Charley?] untill [until?] she should return
She could not have been long away
But after that the children all

took heavy colds & one took chicken
pox so poor dear she has her
hands full - Charlotte must
be one of the very best managers
in the world - This is a lovely bright
Canadian day - I hope it is a [as?] bright
in Edinh [Edinburgh?] as here, tho [though?] not so cold
as it is the wedding day of a first
cousin of Franny & Annas - She
is an only child (Bessy Hay) her
father is a Rear Admiral - I knew
him slightly as he came out Many
years before my dear husband
came - he was then only Capt [Captain?]
he never had any other child
Fanny knew her very well & likes
her exceedingly - I believe the young
couple will live here her parents
poor Frans time of waiting is not
over yet - Money is made much
more slowly now than it was
a few years ago - Tom too has to
wait - tho [though?] I hope he will soon
get employment, I would wish it
to be in a better & more safe place
than working on the Railroad
bridge on Rice Lake It will
be bitter cold & very much exposed
as the lake is 2 - 3 miles across where
he works - and much longer - the
wind sweeps down & across it - he
had been there the summer
before last - but the Company
being nearly all Americans & of
course drew their money from the
States, and when the failures took
place lost much & had to stop the
work - Tom was thrown nearly out
of employment for many months
getting only small jobs - which in
many cases hardly kept him
but had not a cent to put by for
himself - he has passed through
some trying times - in that way
and I hope now he will be able
to make a good start - tho' [though?] they do
not pay such a high Salary by

any means as one their lives
still it is better far then
nothing & is in the way of hearing
of better - One good thing his lady
love is young only 19 in Dec. & very
useful at home & of happy
disposition she does not feel at things
that cannot be helped - She Sent
me such a pretty basket made by the
Indians - of sweet grass - birds [---?] & porcupine
quills & 3 table mats made of the
same materials all so pretty & sweet
I never saw mats made by them
before, the basket is very pretty, has
a lid - Cecilia worked Tom such a
pretty Shaving case of green
velvet & white frosty looking beads
- Xmas [Christmas?] & new year are great times
here for near friends making presents
to each other & there is such a wee
fuss in every family for some weeks
before making & getting what they
can - that the excitement before
the time for a few days is so great
with the young people & they
have to do so much in secret
which adds to the fun - some
of the elders send more substantial
things - just as they think a person
needs such & such things - such
as fowl - roasts or beef - fruit or
cakes - vegetables - butter, fresh
eggs - or some nice useful
warm piece of dress - gloves or
shawls & such like - some [books?]
& sweeties for old & young - & there
receiving parcels & not opening any
until Xmas [Christmas?] morning - Is so exciting
that one is quite relieved & rested
when those days are over
- Here every ones parcel is put on
the breakfast plate or beside it
when each person sits & when
all are by the opening & rustling
of paper goes on - the name
of each is written on the parcel
& who is it from - some give a set

of China to their parents or [vice versa?]
we generally give useful things as
our money is too little to allow of spending
on useless thing - We generally find
out what each wants - & do not like
to spend on themselves to get & at these
times get them - Poor dear Bessy
has been suffering from her liver
again & has come into town to see the
Dr & stay for a day or two - her right
arm has been almost useless for
some days - she is staying with Kate
& was here this morning & says from the
Dr remedies she is better today - She
is too lonely at Goodwood no neighbours
within walking distance of her &
she frets [I fear?] a good deal, but she
has promised to come to us after her
visit to Kate - Kate is very well & I
hope no fear of another baby
all her young people are well
Louisa too - She Louisa I mean spent last evening
here & looks better - I think poor dear
she works too hard - dear Ellen is
better She has not been quite well
the beginning of the winter - Last
week Franny was quite ill & Tom too
from heavy feverish colds - Now our
wee man has taken it - Anna
pretty well - tho [though?] looking [dowsey?] there
may be a cause for it but say nothing
yet for she lost two when as far as advanced
- I hope you dear Geraldine will
get on well this time - Katey is a
forward wee body - It is so healthy for
the wee things to play in the fresh
snow - when not soft and damp - [---?]
not every day - except one day the Thr [Thermometer?]
was 24 below zero - he is often out when
zero or 2 or 3 below - when calm &
rolls over in the snow drifts & calls some
one to look at him - he has not been
out since to took [sic] such a bad cold
- tho [though?] not from going out but it is
going about - I think Geraldine
must be an excellent manager
& good wife & Mother - What a pity

poor Alicia has no family when they are
both so fond of children, her
health might be better, too - Fanny
always feels a great fondness for her
as she met her at your house
- Thank you for telling me so much
about the wee bodies we like to hear
all we can about other children
- Charly left off his rollers at 6 months
old & I knit little warm shirts for
him - I never used them longer
than 6 or 8 months - but put flannel
next the skin when I took off the
rollers - It is such a pleasant way of
spending the long winter evenings
all sitting round the table sewing, or
knitting & some one reading - one
does not notice the melancholy
sound of the wind going round the
house - It always has been a very
sad sound to me by night or day
- and this time of year is
sad and brings sad remembrances of
former years - My dear James
was born on a Xmas [Christmas?] morning
my darling kind and gentle Son
& always I began a letter to him
on that day - Thank you for so
kindly saying you would draw
the plan of Alexr [Alexander's?] new house for
Tom he is quite pleased to hear
of it too - Have you dear Aunt any
of your own pretty drawings of old
times - If you have one to spare
I would very much like to have
one - An uncle of Joss's a doctor
Collins is staying at Malone the
last 10 days - he came in here one
day & seems a very pleasant old gentleman
I had hoped to have had them all
in for an evening while he was
there - but Charles has not been
able to get another horse yet &
his useful old one
died very suddenly
about 4 weeks ago
so they are greatly

shut up till they
do get one - all
my parts send
loves & kind wishes
of the season to you
dearest Aunt Uncle &
cousins in which I
join Believe me
ever your affect [affectionate?] niece
Anna Hay
Jany [January?] 7th 1875