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Title: "E.I.", Quebec, To Her Father, Rev James Irwin, Raphoe.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileIrwin, E/35
SenderIrwin, E.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginQuebec, Canada
DestinationRaphoe, Co. Donegal, Ireland
RecipientRev. James Irwin
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT.2093/28: Copied by Permission of Mrs J C Herdman, Sion Mills, Strabane, Co Tyrone, Ireland. #TYPE EMG "E.I." [Mrs Elizabeth Green?], Quebec To Her Father, Rev James Irwin, Raphoe, Ireland, 28th February 1807.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8811008
Partial Date
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Log05:12:1988 GC created 14:02:1989 ET input 14:04:19
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TranscriptAddress please to Frank this Letter
Revd James Irwin
Raphoe Quebec Febu [February?] 28th 1807
My dear Father
I had lately the pleasure to receive yours of the 26th
Oct & was happy to hear so pleasant an account of the family
and that your stay at Donegal was of such benefit. The detail of
my expenses is very serious but I assure you I have many times
thought on the subject with anxiety & regret before you reminded
me. I wrote to Mrs Whittle as I mentioned to in my last to
send me a piece of linen but nothing else. I want cash very much
but did not like to ask them for it, if you would think proper to do
so it would very much oblige me & be only useful & [?] ?. I
assure you my dear Father it is with reluctance I write on this
subject knowing your many demands but you also conceive my
situation & will excuse what you might otherwise think unreasonable.
My Uncle's situation is the same as when I last wrote to you, & we don't
know when to expect a Commander-in-Chief or Governor. We were all
very glad to hear so good an acct [account?] of Ellen & that her voyage was
likely to prove so pleasant. I have been enquiring from an Officer & his
wife who have lately left India about the Climate & the [they?] say Madras
is very healthy but Ceylon where they spent a considerable time is very
much the reverse, people are subject to the liver complaint in that
country but I was happy to find that Madras was exempt from any
prevalent disorder. We had lately a very alarming account of a mutiny
among the native troops at [orlon?] in the [Carnatic?] country, it was
effectually quelled but the same disposition was thought to
prevail in other parts of India. I hope sincerely they will not
have any disturbance now, it would be so very uncomfortable for
Ellen. I had great satisfaction in hearing of poor [Sophy's?] being at
length so happily settled. I have not heard from her for more
than a year. I lately saw Mr Ellis & gave him great satisfaction by
the acct [account?] you wrote of his friends as he very seldom hears from
them he expects to go home in the spring. We are not acquainted with his
younger Brother who is in the same Regt [Regiment?]. It gave me great
pleasure to hear of Dr Alcock's family being all so happy. I wrote to Miss
BAlcock in July from the country & shall hope to hear from her, as my
Mother mentioned her wish that I would write & her promise to be
punctual. My Uncle has taken a House in the country for the summer
near where we were last year & we are to move as soon as the snow
is off the ground which will be perhaps about the middle or latter
end of M (seal here). Uncle remains in town as usual, last year we
did not see him oftener than once a week, he is so confined at the
Office. Last summer was uncommonly pleasant for the Climate,
as it was not so immoderately hot as that season generally is here
This winter has been mild so far for Quebec but it is calculated that
when we have a mild winter you have it severe at home. We had
lately a Grand Ball & Supper given by a society of gentlemen called
the Baron's Club. it was an Installation Ball & we were all very
curious to see the ceremony of making Barons, but that [was?] all
over before the Ladies assembled to their great disappointment.
The (seal) sons (& the wives & daughters of those who had any) wore round
their necks a red Ribbon with a Cross as Knights of the Red Cross. The room
was very handsomely ornamented, it is a new room built
since last winter, & holds with ease four sets of 25 couple each
besides having a card room in a recess at the end. The 4 first
sets were led off by the Baron's wives & the President's daughter
or rather stepdaughter, being Mrs Dunn's by her first husband
She is a strange woman that Mrs Dunn, she never goes into
company abroad but receives them at home sometimes, we don't
visit her but are acquainted so as to speak when we meet, she
is not a very desirable acquaintance, she makes such odd
speeches to you before gentlemen, I am told, but I like her daughter
we meet her pretty often. She is a very good girl, but no favourite
with her Mother, the Mr Dunn is very good to her, he is a very good
old man as he is the oldest protestant privy Councillor, he is
President in the absence of the Governor. I was very much
distressed on hearing of the death of my kind friend Mrs Martin
it must have been very sudden, two hours illness we are told &
that Lady Milne was on her way going to spend some time with her
at Hampton Court but before her arrival Mrs Martin was dead. It
must have been a very great shock to Lady Milne & the people here
imagine she would lose her senses as she did once in this
country on the death of a child. We don't know when to expect
the Governor out there have been no very late accounts from them
The Bishop is positively expected in the Spring, or rather what
we call the middle of summer at home. We have had nothing
but bad news from the Continent of Europe lately so much
that people are not anxious to look at newspapers any more
I suppose the Government people have so much to do at home
that they don't think of Canada or sending out a Commander
in Chief. This family are all very well. I think my Aunt's
spirits got better & the country will be of use to her, tho'[though?] she
does not enjoy the thought of it so much as we all do.
We have had some plays this winter performed by the
Officers of the Garrison, next week they act Henry the 4th
Capt [Captain?] Cheshire is to be Prince John of Lancaster. I believe
not to the satisfaction of everybody as he is such a little
creature & not handsome. I suppose you remember him at
Drogheda School, he enquires for you & John when I see him
I am told he knew me from my likeness to John to be his sister,
The Benson who told me of the Total Eclipse of the Sun in some
part of the States was not [quipping?] & still persists in saying that
the moon is capable of eclipsing the sun totally. The Eclipses
observed at [Berne?] & Mount Selus in 1706, & in 1715 at London & Paris
were both occassioned [occasioned?] by the interposition of the moon & both
were total, these & other facts he says warrant him in what he said
[Changement de peuple?]?. I have not heard from John I think
for twelve Months though I have several times written to him in that
time. I am glad however to hear so good an account of him. The
rest of the family are also in my debt which I hope will not long
be the case. I am joined by all this family in love to you all and
am my dear Father your ever afft [affectionate?] E. I.
Evidently the Elizabeth who married Colonel Green of Quebec see
p.112 [pedigree?]; must have gone out to help her Aunt Maria,
wife of James Green writer of letter of 6th May 1793. Perhaps
married William, her cousin, mentioned in letter p.7.
James of Drogheda must have been Headmaster of Drogheda School.

John Coulter Personal Interrogators Exhibited on the part of the
and wife Plaintiff to the Defendant The Reverend James Irwin
pw in aid of the Account in this Cause/
Patk Ewing The 1st Interrogator. Were you not in receipt of the Rents
Revd Jas Irvineson of the lands & premises in the pleading in this Cause
Debts mentioned at the time of the death of John
Vanhomrigh Chamney in the pleading in this Cause
named and for how long before, and in what right, and on what account, and
what sum was then due by you on foot there of - Were you Indebted in any
and what sum to the Sd [said?] John Vanhomrigh Chamney at the time of his
death and on what account did you continue in Receipt of the Rents of said
lands and premises after the death of the said John Vanhomrigh
Chamney, and for how long. Set forth an account of the Rents of
said Lands & premises received by you, specifying the time & from
whom received respectively according to the best of your recollection
& belief, up to the time of the death of the said John V Chamney. As also
an Account of the sums paid & disbursed by you thereout & how you
disposed of said Rents & set forth an Account of the Rents & sums
& other matters received by you out & on Account of said Lands &
premises from the death of the said John V Chamney, specifying
the time & from whom said Rents were received, particularly
according to the best of you knowledge & belief. As also an
Account of how you disposed thereof and of the payment & disbursements
made by you thereout or on Account thereof & to whom
& when Did you from the death of sd [said?] J V Chamney while you so
Continued in Receipt of said Rents pay any & what debts of
John Vanhomrigh or John Chamney deceased in the
pleads named when did you give up the Receipts of said Rents
of the Defendt [defendant?]. Patrick Ewing. How much then was
justly & honorably due by you on account of said Rents & to whom &
when did you settle.