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Title: William John Irvine, Copenhagen, NY to Rev. Kirkpatrick.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileIrvine, William John/8
SenderIrvine, William John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCopenhagen, New York, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev. Alexander Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1424/11: Purchased from John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9003024
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:10:1993.
Word Count587
TranscriptWm [William?] John Irvine
4 March 1889

Copenhagen New York State U.S.
March 4th /89 [1889?]

To the Revd A. J. Kirkpatrick

Dear friend I wish
to inform you that I received
your kind letter & you will please
Except [accept?] my Sincere thanks
for your kindness to me I was
sorry to learn that your hearing
was Impaired but if I remember
right was that not a trouble
to you a little Sometime before
I came away I have thought
so if my mind serves me right
Dear Sir I hope you will Excuse
me for not asking in my letter to
you about your Father I really
thought he was dead but come
to consider the matter over in my
mind I think now that Robert
told me it was your Mother but
I was so regoiced [rejoiced?] to hear of him being
alive & able to assist in the S. S. [Sunday School?]
& Church Services & besides able to preach
a Sermon it is a remarkable thing
for a man of his years Dear Sir
we have been very Sad since the 24th
of the last month in which occured [occurred?]
the death of our only daughter
she was 9 years 6 months & 15 days old
she was a very bright Intiligent [intelligent?]
child She was bed fast since
the 10th of Aug [August?] last & Blind all
that time up to her death when
it pleased Jesus to take her from
darkness into his marvelous [marvellous?] light
to be with him for ever Oh what
a blessed thought to know that
she is in the Savours [Saviours?] care where
she will have no more pain nor
no more darkness to endure but
into the light of Jesus it was
hard to part with her but we
gave her up long ago into the hands
of a loving Saviour our paryer [prayer?] was
Gods will be done in which way


he seen [saw?] best but to make our
hearts reconciled to his will I
truly can say the Lord was with
us & comforted us in our affliction
you stated in your letter to me
hoping that we would all be
faithful Servants of our Lord &
Saviour Jesus Christ that has
been the desire of my heart for
a great many years & God being
my helper I mean to live a life
that will prepare me while in
this life for Eternity hereafter
as soon as Convenient please read
this letter to mother I sent her one
a short time ago Stating about
our childs affliction which you
can read I stated in it that I
would write to you in a week
but my child died Just at that time
I sent a newspaper to Brother
Samuel in which you can
see an acct [account?] of her death
I sent it away on Wednesday last
Feb 27th & our child was buried on
Tuesday the day before: her mind
was good even unto her last & before
her death when not in pain would
Sing those Sweet Hymns she
learnt in the S. [Sunday?] School you look
No 245 in the Hymn book which
was one she used to Sing She Said
that was her favourite hymn
it begins with those words
Jesus lover of my Soul, let me to
thy bosom fly she was a beautiful
Singer for a child, with kind regards
to you & wife & Family & to your aged
father, Brother & Sister I remain your
Sincere friend Wm [William ?] J. Irvine please
tell Brother Samuel to send me a
Church record of last year