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Title: Alexander Mackey, Antrim to Mrs Nettleton, [America?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMackey, Alexander/30
SenderMackey, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationCanada West
RecipientMrs Nettleton
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 3081: Purchased from Metropolitan Toronto Library Board
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9406178
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 09:06:1994.
Word Count375
TranscriptAntrim, July, 5, 1855.

My dear Mrs. Nettleton:
Your father has permitted me to occupy this page. I embrace it to
assure you of my unabated respect for yourself and my very earnest
wish for your personal and domestic happiness. I was pressed to
take a tour to the United States some time since, but could not then
go. If ever I do get across the great ocean, you may expect me to
pay you a visit. A few hundred miles are easily travelled when we
have Heaven to keep us along over land and water. But should
Providence so ordain, that I should never be in Canada West I shall
not the less respect you and sincerely desire your welfare. I hope
your two oldest are well. Alexander and Mary will soon be grown
up. May the Lord God teach them, guide them and provide for them.
"Train them up in the way in which they should go and when they are
old they will not depart from it. Early training is very important,
and has God's blessing with it. It is very important to give
children as good an Education as circumstances will admit to prepare
them for the duties of this life, but it is still more important to
teach and impart those religious principles, that give stability to
character and prepare us for a better and more enduring world.
As for you, they, your husband, and your other children are
concerned, I shall be always glad to know of your present welfare,
but there are still higher objects, than mere earthly things and
these I trust, none of you will forget for one moment. Remember
"What are the benefits, which in this life flow from Justification,
adoption and Sanctification "Peace of conscience, assurance of
God's love, joy in the Holy Ghost. Be sure to seek for these
yourself - you cannot seek in vain. Then will you feel a deep
interest in impressing on the minds of your children, the necessity
of seeking for them also. It is written "He that asketh receiveth,
he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be
opened". Praying my God to bless you, your husband, Alexander, Mary
and your other children abundantly for time and Eternity,
I am, very truly yours,
Alexander Mackey.