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Title: Anna Hay, Peterborough, Canada, to Uncle [Kirkpatrick, Craigs?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Anna/8
SenderHay, Anna
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPeterborough, Ontario, Canada
DestinationCraigs, Belfast, N.Ireland
RecipientRev George Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1424/11: Purchased From Mr John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast 15. #TYPE EMG Letter From Anna Hay, Peterboro [Peterborough?], Canada, to Her Uncle [Reverend George Kirkpatrick, Hazelbank, Craigs, Co Antrim?], 1 May 1877.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9004028
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log25:04:1990 JM created 21:08:1990 MC input 24:08:19
Word Count1192
TranscriptTo Uncle [?]

Peterboro [Peterborough?]
May 1st 1877

My dear Uncle,
I make a begining [beginning?]
of a letter to you today tho [although?] I shall
not Post it till the 3rd - But today
always comes loaded with memories
of the Past since childhood, tho
not in general like your May
days coming with flowers &c &
though I can say we have
flowers this year too not many
garden flowers but since
there is a wood still the dear
little spring flowers are thick
& bright. They are dying out I
am sorry to say as the country
is cleared up. Thank you dear
Uncle for your kind letter of
the 12th which I received on the 24th
We were all delighted to get it as
it was longer between the last
and it than usual & we
began to feel uneasy But
were very happy to find that
you & all belonging to you were
well On the 3rd of April Tom
complained of severe headache &
looked so swollen in the veins
of his forehead which made us
very anxious about him for fear
of any effects of the Sun stroke
I got some medi[cine?] from the
doctor for him, but he was in
great pain all night next
morning his face began to swell
& it went on till he could not
open his mouth more than
to let in the smallest teaspoon
& it went on for two days & then
the Dr [doctor?] had to lance it in two places
poor fellow & he suffered very much
for some days & between pain
& not being able to eat he got so thin
at the end of two weeks the swelling
had gone down enough to allow
of his having a tooth extracted
& that even then was no easy
job as his mouth was so tender still
Well the day after the tooth was
drawn he had to start on the
survey of the Ottawa & Toronto
Railroad - And very glad he was
to go though feeling weak for
the work - They looked a nice
party starting off that morning
April 16th. George who is the Chief
Engineer on the line, Henry &
Tom Assistant Engineers & Walter
George eldest son, Rolly Brown
Bessys youngest son Arthur [Mullins?]
a first cousins son & 2 laborers
8 in all They looked so happy going
off But as George had some case
at the assizes this week & next & had to bring the
party home until he was ready to
start again. Tom looks so much
better since he has been away
& had no hard work as he was
[?] After the assizes are
over they intend to go to Toronto &
come this way & meet the work
they have been at. But Tom will
write & tell you better than I can
2d Indeed dear Uncle we all delight
in your dear kind letters. It is so very
very kind in you writing as you do to
us. We have had a most lovely spring
& not a common one for Canada
& a very mild winter. Though we
live in dread of frost yet - vegetation
is very forward for so early & the
farmers have got in under more
spring wheat than usual as
the Fall wheat had failed the
last two years. And the dry weather
of last summer burnt up much
wheat last year so that when the
farmers heard the first report that
war had begun they raised the
price of wheat to $2 two dollars
a bushel - Potatoes are dear & bad
too - So we all hope for good crops
this year - Bessy & her party are
well - Harriet has been staying with
Carry & Henrys wife since he has been
away. I had been 10 days with her before
as she had a severe attack of rheumatism, but
had to come home to see about Tom -
Ellen & Charles [?] are well- They intend
to go soon for a trip which will be pleasant
for them & all going together makes it
more so. Kate & her baby boy are very well
she & it spent last Friday with me
My party are all well now Anna & the
children are recovering from heavy colds
There is much scarlet fever of a mild kind
in town now I hope our wee pets will escape it
even though mild None of us had heard of Mr
[Buttas?] death until your letter came- I think he
was never a robust person - Mrs [Butta?] & her
little girl will make a pleasant addition to her
other sisters household I should think
We seldom hear of the Bothwell party now
nor of the Wall[aces?] either. Will they return to
his sheep farming - They have not the
same dislike it seems to cousins marrying
as their grand parents had as I have hear[d?]
dear Mamma say
that Uncle Wallace used to
preach to the young people about
him (she amongst the rest) that
none of his family should ever
marry a cousin - Yes we heard
of Charlottes 10th arriving - Charly wrote
a few lines to Ellen telling of the
event - on the 3d day - But have
heard no more since - I have never
had one line from either since
Tom left them - though I have
written twice to each in that
time - I suppose they have not
much time. El1en had one letter
from Charlotte some time ago
How dreadful so many countries
now engaged in War. How many
families will be called to mourn
for some loved members of their
family - We feel the effects here
now in the rise of provisions - I am
glad the winter was over before
the rise took place as the poor
would suffer so much but they
will not have need of much firewood
as the weather will soon be warm enough
not to require more wood than
to cook with - I gave your message
about Mr Miller to Tom - How hard
it is for young men to get on now
I hope the War will not put a
stop to our mailbag from want
of money - Mrs. Stafford Kirkpatrick
is still in Kingston with her nephew
She is kept busy amongst her own
family & was not looking well when
I saw her before leaving - Mr James
Dennistons have scarlet fever
& are getting on very well some
are over it & out of doors again
Our old clergyman Mr Roger
lost his youngest son about a
month ago from scarlet fever
first & then he took cold which
fell on the lungs & carried him
off in a few days- Tom often
tells our Charly about his little cousins
at Hazelbrook [Hazelbank?] & how they help their
Grand Pa in the garden
I have given you a very long letter
dear Uncle Tom & the girls join
with me in kind love to you &
all our cousins
Believe me ever you [your ?]
affect [affectionate?] niece
Anna Hay