Main content

Title: Alexander Patterson, Farmington, to His Nephew, Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePatterson, Alexander/49
SenderPatterson, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginFarmington, Canada?
Recipient Gendermale
SourceMr & Mrs S.V. Thompson, 4 Grove Park, Lenzie, Glasgow
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh
Doc. No.9506108
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:06:1995.
Word Count667
TranscriptFarmington Oct 7th 1897

My Dear Nephew
I was pleasantly
surprised on Monday the 13th of Sept.
to have your letter handed me in the
post office where it had been lying
for some days and where it would
not have remained an hour after
its arrvival had I knowen [known?] it awaited
me. Well you see that nearly four
weeks have gone by since I first read
it and I have only first commenced
a reply, so you see Mr Procrastination
of whom you speak is not only
a native of the emerald Isle
but abides in this Republican land
also, yet mind my intention is to
"scribble down some blether" as Robt [Robert?]
Burns once said "just clean aft [sic?]
boy" so that it may sail Saturday
9th inst.- Be assured your letter was
extremely welcome and still more
so our account of your silence
act and after your father's death
I had formed quite a high opinion of
your business capacity and often
felt you had to bear a heavy burden
and heat of the day All through the
long & painful sickness of your sister
in the helpless days of your father
& often wished I could lease helped
you but a few lines from the poet always
quoted just suits my care - " A man
may have an honest heart. Thos [Thomas?]
[pontith?] hourly stare him. A man may tak
[take?] a neighbour's part. Yet have more cash
to spare him." Oh! the want of that
Article "cash" has sent many adrift
in this world and stood between
the act & the intention of millions -
Well now dear T.K. I think I am [justeen?]
yours and resolve on my part to keep
up the correspondence
as you say till death stopes [stops?] it -
A very different period this lease
of lives between you and us, and
the period of over 47 years which kept
the three of us. (whose first spot on
earth was in Ballinderry) writing
so many yr's [years?], but has now ceased
forever. You may live, I hope well many
years, but surely it would
be presumptouss [presumptuous?] in me to expect
more than a few of the days given
in this ninth decade of life, which
is only attainable "by reason of
strength" but "soon passeth away
and we are gone". Still when
I cease to write you may decide
I am either gone or unable to use
the pen. My health has been [tenable?]
for my years - Some here have
staid [stayed?] till my present age or more
but 10 - 12 - or 15 years of the last of
it has been helpless as a child
but to the goodness of God I describe it,
I have been still erect in my form
as I was in youth & without
pain or ache in my limbs, can
still take care of a garden well,
saw wood and many other little
jobs - My health is better than your
fathers was for many years, yet
I would have to see May 1901 before
reaching his age, and I hardly expect
to see the dawn of the twentieth century
I have just had a visit my daughter
Sarah & son John, both full of filial
affection for me - The visit is very
pleasant but the parting becomes
the more painful as age makes the prospects
of meeting again less certain.
They were in good health as also are
James & family & Mary with hers -
And now I must close with best wishes
to you, your wife & three
children and all concerned. I think
often of your bro [brother?] Robt [Robert?]
I hope he may be happy
Was glad to hear Mr Scott got the letter
and hope to hear from him soon.
Ever afft [affectionate?] Uncle A.P.
[Alexander Patterson?]
God bless you all is the prayer
of your affectionate Uncle A.P.
[Alexander Patterson?]
Hope to hear
of Mr English
from you or Mr Scott.