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Title: Rev F Kirkpatrick, Canada, to Rev A Kirkpatrick, Co Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileKirkpatrick, Francis William/12
SenderKirkpatrick, Francis William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationclerk in Holy Orders
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
DestinationCullybackey, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev Alexander Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1424/11: Purchased from Mr.John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Ave., Belfast 15. #TYPE EMG [Reverend?] Francis Kirkpatrick, Wolfe Island Parsonage, Kingston, Canada to Reverend Alexander Kirkpatrick, Hazelbank, Cullybackey, Co.Antrim, Ireland, 8 May 1867.
ArchivePublic Record Office N.Ireland.
Doc. No.9003053
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log28:03:1990 GMC created 21:09:1990 CD input 25:09:1
Word Count1146
TranscriptWolfe Island Parsonage
Kingston C[?]
May 8th 67 [1867?]

My dear Alexander
I am afraid that you
will hardly deem it worth while
to receive a letter from me after
so long a silence as I have
maintained. I have little or nothing
to [say?] for myself, except that I
seldom or never write letters &
so have probably affended [offended?] a great
many of my friends. An occasion
if I had needed one, has been
offered me to write a few lines to
you. You were kind enough to
send me your compilation of Irish
Church History, some short while
ago. I return you my thanks
Irish Church History seems a
popular study now. I suppose
the assaults made upon the
Church by her Enemies has
turned the attention of her friends
to her claims suppose your
compilation has been one result
of this. Your neighbour's fame
on One subject has now become
But I must not begin my letter
with a theological or even Church
I suppose you hear occasionally
of me, now that I am as heretofore
living in 1st Canadian parish
I have been here now 3 years,
which are short to look
back upon tho' [although?], perhaps, because
they have been uneventful, at least
in any way that would render them
interesting to any one outside.
Though of course everyone's history
is eventful enough to himself
however uninteresting to others
I have been getting on pretty
well. This hard uphill work
in many respects requiring cou[rage?]
quite [quiet?] and perseverance.-
more than I can lay claim to -
to enable one to make any
great impression, yet I think
that all has not gone for nothing
work we must leave it till
another one before we can guage [gauge?]
of results. It is a rather trying
situation to occupy, but after
all - one which demands our
respect & therefore from which I
have no right to shrink I am
pleasantly situated in some
respects, and now am looking
forward to summer wh. [which?] is a
pleasant part of the year. Our
spring is terribly backward this
season, scarcely any work has
yet been got there by the farmer
on account of the incessant
rain which we have had.
My garden has had little or
nothing done to it as yet while at this
time last year it was completed
There is however not much
advantage in being early our
May in this country is often very
cold. Tonight I am right glad to
have a fire - but the weather
becomes fine and warm very
[?]alueily and in 2 or 3 weeks
we will have the trees in leaf
where [now?] [tags?] are hardly shewing
a sign of growth
I suppose you are long ago done
with your spring gardening.
I have just hired an Irish boy
who left I think he said after
the potatoes were in & here are
mine untouched yet. The lateness
of the season is not of course of
the great importance to me in
respect to my own garden as it is
more of an amusement, tho' [although?] rather
an expensive one, than a necessity
but as my [agter?] [coine?] depends upon
the success of us people it does
in that respect make a considerable
I have not much family news
to give you. In fact I see so little
of the world that my store of news
is very easily exhausted.
George's little boy has been ill &
at one time, some uneasiness
was felt abt [about?] him, but I hope
trust he will soon be quite well.
At home (for I still almost
instinctively call Emily St [Street?] "Home"
they have Aunt Henrietta & Annie
& Helen staying so that their
usually small party is considerably
Minnie promises to come
over to stay a little with me
as soon as the fine weather
comes both for her own pleasure
& my comfort. I am afraid that
I am a bad housekeeper I
take everything too much as it
comes and am too much
at the mercy of servants, tho' [although?]
fortunately I have had very little
trouble with them at least
with indoor ones, but as for
"boys", I almost think that they
should be "abolished" as a plague
I have taken a "youngman" now
to try whether I can have more
satisfaction in one who is
beyond "boyhood" and as he has
the recommendation of being
fresh from Ireland I hope to get
some work out of him
It is almost time for me to
make some enquiries conc. [concerning?]
the good people at Hazelbank
I heard of all the other
day through some letter.
I hope your mother does not
forget her son Frank, [?]
he has proved such a forgetful
one about writing home
I must confess also that I heard
from yr [your?] [Father?] last & so the neglect
was on my side there again. I have
however so much to think of
that correspondence is almost
forgotten. I am sorry for it as
I lose my friends by the omission
but fate is a stern master &
it is hard to control oneself & ones
actions according to what ought to be
I often talk of turning over a new
leaf but I fear the new leaves
must be nearly obliterated [?]
[?] volume I have turned over so
many. How does George get on
Give him my kind regards.
You will perhaps see something
of our Revd [Reverend?] Dobbs this summer
he is going for his health with
[Mrs?] Dobbs to Ireland & no
doubt will be in your neighbourhood
whether you can see
him or not Then he leaves abt [about?]
the 1st of June. His friends are to
pay his passage. I wonder if
my congregation will ever do the
same for me - I am afraid not
We have been having a "Ritual"
excitement here, but after all there
has been no great cause for it
& it has principally been caused
by return to true Rubrical
[Sacraments?] where it has been
neglected. I preach in [my?] surplice
share the offertory because I
feel both to be correct tho' [although?] I am
afraid that my friends Mr
Rogers and Mr Dodds will be
horrified there if he hear of
my affection from their "use"
The Evangelical h[?] the Diocese
is small and led by Mr Rogers
who is narrow minded bigot
so that no great influence is
attained by it. Our Bishop is of
course going home to the [Pa?] Anglican
Synod it is really [his?] Synod I
[?] suggestion come from him
originally. I have no doubts as
to its success.
I had not crossly [?] [?] Renders
this more illegible than it is
With kindest love to all at Hazelbank
And to my friends in the [?]road who
may remember me my best regards
Believe me
your affectionate cousin
Francis W Kirkpatrick