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Title: Anna Hay, Canada, to Rev George Kirkpatrick, Co Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Anna/19
SenderHay, Anna
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPeterborough, Ontario, Canada
DestinationCraigs, Belfast, N.Ireland
RecipientRev George Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1424/11: Purchased from Mr. John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast 15. #TYPE EMG Letter From Anna Hay, Peterboro' [Peterborough?], Ontario, Canada, to Reverend George Kirkpatrick, Hazelbank, Craigs, Co. Antrim, Ireland, August 13 1878.
ArchivePublic Record Office N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9004003
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log11:05:1990 SS created 08:08:1990 MC input 08:08:19
Word Count1105
TranscriptRev Geo. [George?] Kirkpatrick
Hazlebank [Hazelbank]
Creigs [Craigs?]
Co. Antrim
Peterboro [Peterborough
August 13th /78 [1878?]

My dear uncle
It is a very long
time since there has been
a letter to any of one from
the dear friends at Hazelbank
I hope illness may not be
the cause of silence- we
have had a very, very, warm
summer- for weeks the ther [thermometer?]
ranged from 86 to 96.98 & even
100 in the shade- & for some
weeks in July & end of June no
rain or only slight showers
untill [until?] the 29th of July when we
had a partial eclipse of the sun
tho' [lthough?] in some parts of the world it
was a total eclipse - But it became
so cloudy about mid day on that day
after weeks of a glaring hot blue
sky - & the eclipse was only seen here
for a minute & by only a few
But that night a storm came
on which was truly awful & in
many places it was made worse
& since then we have had great
storms night or day since
untill [until?] this Saturday & Sunday
when on Monday evening we had
a very clear partial eclipse
of the moon & a storm in
the night - you may see it
mentioned in the news papers
the great storm in Toronto
the week before last - it did
much damage in the city &
since a sever [severe?] hail & rain
thunder & lighting storm
here - at a place about 14 miles
measuring was 17 inches round
& one piece 20 inches- that
storm - blew roofs of houses & barns
& killed some cattle belonging
to the farmers one man had
4 head of cattle killed I never
heard of such sever [severe?] storms here
before - I was so thankful that
dear Tom & his uncle &c were
not out on that old Railroad
as the worst storm was out
[where?] they had been working
last winter - I am happy to
say that dear Tom is very well
now - & has got well through the
great heat so far with care
It was very sad to see so many
struck by the sun this year
& so many fatal - There is a
person living near us whose
brother was struck 3 or 4
years ago & is now in the Asylum
quite deranged - o how thankful
I am to God that my dear son
is not the same - The Dr [doctor] said
he might have been very bad
had he not been taken to the
old country for a complete
change by his good aunt
we are all well now - since
so much storm has coold [cooled?] the
air a little - The poor wee children
suffered a good deal from the
heat - Crops which looked so
remarkably well in spring have
not turned out any thing like
the promise then as they
got so burnt up - even the forest
trees are dry & falling off
It is a good think for those
who have to buy potatoes this
year that the England market
is supplied - Manitoba now
seems the farming county
Henry who you have heard is
living there & likes the county
very much - He says such milk
& leuttce [lettuce?] & potatoes he never
saw or eat [ate?] before - the leuttce [lettuce?]
has a rich sweet flavour he never
tried leuttce [lettuce?] to have before
He says the grass is so very
fine & in such quantities
& a wild pea growing all
through the grass which
imparts the good flavour
to the leuttce [lettuce?] & milk - there
is no trouble in keeping cattle
there as they have as much
good feeding as they can want
just close about the houses
& in winter this grass is then
food being cut green & [?]
the juices are kept in it &
they can often get plenty
of grass when the snow is
too deep - that the cattle are
in good condition all the year
round & that this grass will never
fail as there are great
ma[?]lus of it 40 or 50 or even
100 miles long that can
never be made any [?]
use of he thinks - The
wild flowers out there are
most beautiful & quite different
from others here & the grass's [grasses?]
are beautiful & rich of every shade
of green - The top soil about 12
to 18 inches is a black clay & when
wet becomes stickey [sticky?] - but when
exposed to the air soon drys and
crumbles up quite fine & below
this black soil is a gray clay nearly
like that used to make light coloured
bricks without any stones or at
most only a very few - For years
this soil may be croped [cropped?] without
manure & this saves work
-the Indians are a wild set
but so far are harmless - some
of Indians particularly the young
men are a fine looking set
tall & straight & graceful in all
their movements & dress the
latter is very fine - B[lack?] leggings
& waistcoats & blankets thrown
over one shoulder & gathered up
on one arm some have
their hair platted [plaited?] - the chiefs
nearly always have a band round
the head with coloured feathers
in it for a plume - they sometimes
look very haughty & all
have horses & ride at full
gallop - the squaws & children
following in carts in long
lines one behind the other
form 20 to 30 in a line
Henry gives nice interesting letters
on that Great love Land & he
says it well deserves that
name Charles Dunlop
who went to Portland with
Mary for sea [bathing?] the 15
of July - he returned last week
looking so well after the cold sea
air but left Mary there for a
week or two longer with her
Aunt Joan Stewart - they will
I think return next week to Toronto
where Mary will remain till
Oct [October?] or November - as they are
to take down their present kitchen
& build another & a large addition
to their house dear Ellen is only
partly well she feels
the heat greatly - I hope the Boy at the Rectory is
still keeping well his father & Mother
& the other two & all - Tom made
& small rockery for me this summer & spoke of the one he
made when with you
All my party join dear
uncle in mind to you
& all the cousins
Ever believe
me your
affect [affectionate?] neice [niece?]
Anna Hay