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Title: F Kirkpatrick, Kingston, to Rev G Kirkpatrick, Co Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileKirkpatrick, Francis William/35
SenderKirkpatrick, Francis William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationclerk in Holy Orders
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
DestinationBallymena, Co. Antrim, 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 Francis W. Kirkpatrick, Wolfe Island Parsonage, Kingston, Canada, to His Uncle, Reverend George Kirkpatrick, Hazelbank, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland, 8 Dec
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9003068
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log04:04:1990 JM created 04:10:1990 CD input 08:10:19
Word Count968
TranscriptRev George Kirkpatrick
Wolfe Island Parsonage
Kingston. [Cle?]

Dec [December?] 8th 1864
My dear Uncle
I intend this letter
to come to you as a sort of xmas [Christmas?]
box, you will at least acknowledge
that a letter from me has in it one
element of value. namely, rarity,
[however?] deficient they may be in
other respects - I really am ashamed
of myself, for all the omisions [omissions?] in
correspondence which I have
allowed during the last 6 months. I
have no excuse & therfore [therefore?] do not
intend to plead any - the wisdom of
this I hope you will admit. If
I had any one to stir me occasionally on
these points. It would be better for me
& save my character. If I could only
find a gold mine of my "farm" of 6
acres I think I wd [would?] follow aunt
Kate's advice - but pending the
discovery, I will be [have?] to reamin [remain?] as I
am - I am sure aunt will give me
a scolding for such a mercenery [mercenary?] thought
as this - but here it is a stern necessity
where dollars go more quickly
than they come - I have cetainly [certainly?]
a very nice place here, a very
comfortable house & a garden which wd [would?]
be a credit to the old country in
[?] of fertility, & the only draw
back a very small & a still uncertain [?]
income to keep it up on. And I
dare say that I will be able to
manage it - as I am not very
extravagant in any habits [?]
I have just invested in a house - wh. [which?]
I hope will turn out more satisfactory
than my last speculation in that
[line?] - my 1st house at [Comber?] The
only mode of travelling at present
is on horseback - the roads are
next to impossible on account of
all the rain we have had - no winter
yet of any consequence - no snow
that little frost, but there is a good time coming & we shall
have plenty of both.
I am going to take in George for a
few weeks (John's sake of course
not for mine - ) as a lodger he wants
quiet in order that he may read
John's law exam - & he may do
that here at his heart's content &
never see any to interrupt him -
wh [which?] he cd [could?] hardly arrange in town
he is to come down from Toronto
on Saturday - He hopes to be
admitted to the Bar in Feb [February?] -
[?] - he is very highly
thought of in Toronto & his master [masters?]
there have made a great deal of
him. If attentive & steady I have
[?] expectation that he will get
on well at the Bar, as he has
such a good opening in
Kingston where there are so few rising
young men in his profession.
George F. is hidden away at the
end of the world somewhere, & we do not
expect to see him till next spring -
he has [given?] every satisfaction to the
government in the work wh. [which?] he
has done for them
Canada, as you have no doubt seen
is probably soon to undergo a
bloodless revolution wh [which?] is taken every
[?]ly & every body, considering the
interests wh [which?] are at stake - we are
going to have a Federal union of the
Provinces, into a confederation - how
ominous the names sound one
almost naturally anticipates difficulties,
but I hope the mistakes of
our neighbours have been avoided -
I have little news to give you -
[My?] father & mother are I believe
gone to Montreal for 2 or 3 days
my father returned on Saturday
night from Chicago a distance
of about 7 or 800 miles, so that
he has had plenty of travelling -
He saw Tom while there - or [------?]
went to see him - as his business
did not I believe take him further
than Detroit - Helen from Peterboro [Peterborough?]
has come down for the winter replacing
Annie who has returned.
I am getting on tolerably well here
& find the people very civil &
attentive - the more distant part of
my parish towards the foot of the
Island I have not been able to visit
for some time in conseq [consequence?] - of the roads
my Church there is to be finished
in the Spring, if we have the money -
it is 10 miles from this & of course
I cannot have more than a fortnight
& afternoon service there - none of
them had heard of the Church service
in that neighbourhood before -
I hope to bulid up a confreg- [congregation?] there
tho' [although?] it is uphill work - to contend
with all sorts of American dissenters
who compose the chief part of the
settlers on that part of the island.
I dare say a good many real yankees
will come over in the winter to our
service, as they are not much look
after at home - There is a clergyman
of the Episcopal Ch. [Church?] at Cape Vincent
I believe - that is directly across from
this side due south. I have been told
that the one there last was obliged
to leave because he said grace at
a Democratic picnic - his congreg. [congregation?]
being a Republican that is being
liberal is it not? I cannot write
more at present - but will be
encouraged to preserve in my good
resolutions by hearing soon fr. [from?] you
with best love to you all
Believe me
your att [attentive?] nephew

Francis W Kirkpatrick

As I finished this. I begin to have
an idea that I wrote to you not
long ago - Is it true?