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Title: G Kirkpatrick, Kingston, Ontario, to Alex [Kirkpatrick?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileKirkpatrick, George Airey/25
SenderLit. Col. Sir George Airey
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer, barrister
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
DestinationCraigs, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev Alexander Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD.1424/11; Purchased From Mr. John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast. #TYPE EMG Letter From George Kirkpatrick, Kingston, Ontario, to His Cousin Alexander [Kirkpatrick?], [County Antrim?], 11 October 1859
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9004025
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log25:04:1990 SS created 20:08:1990 SB input 21:08:19
Word Count478
TranscriptTo Alexander [?] [no location]

Oct [October?] 11th/59 [1859?]

My dear Alexander
you must have
thought I was never
going to answer your
letter received now
a long time since
but the post is up
in the backwoods
there was nothing
to be told that could
possibly interest
anyone. I am sending
you a piece of a
fossil which I got
from a piece of
limestone brought
from a quarry a long
way from where
I lived, it is evidently
the work of an insect
it has a very long
name but I have
forgotten it I was
sorry the quarries
were so far off as
I believe there were
a great many different
kinds of shells in them
but we were kept
so busy at home that
I never got a day to
Rutherford & I were
in New York some
time back it is certainly
a very fine city but
after seeing London
Liverpool & Dublin
one is not so surprised
at the immense number
of people as they
otherwise would.
I was very much
disappointed in
Broadway it is not
nearly so wide as
Dolier Street in Dublin
but the hotels are
magnificent and well
managed, we stayed
at the Union Place
Hotel a small one
in comparison to some
of the others & I can
safely say I never
was in a better kept
one, the people
staying there were
mostly Southerners -
I was charmed with
them, they are so very
different from the
The Provincial Exhibition
took place a fortnight
ago in Kingston at
which Minnie was
fortunate enough to
get first & second
prizes for water
colour paintings
she paints beautifully-
There was to have
been a balloon ascent
but Mr La Mountain
the aeronaut went
up in his balloon
the day before at
Watertown & was not
heard of for days
he was given up for
lost but was found
at last 150 miles due
north of Ottawa in a starving
condition having been four days
with only [one?] frog to eat.
The New Yorkers are building an
immense balloon with which
to cross the Atlantic. I believe
there are more than an
hundred applications for
passages. They expect to cross
in forty eight hours but
whether they will land in
Africa or near the North Pole
they are rather undecided as yet.
How do the farming operations
turn out this year, in this
country there has been a very
good harvest & farmers are
in high spirits in consequence
If you ever see Harry [Seth?]
tell him Harry [Lowe?] is quite
well, he was down here a short
time ago with his brother but
they have both gone back to
the [Mist?] again-
give my best love to
Uncle Aunt & George &
Believe me my dear Alex
ever your affectionate
Geo [George?] B Kirkpatrick
Thank George for his letter
I will answer it soon

Geo. [George?] B. Kirkpatrick
14 Oct [October?] 1859.