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Title: Alexander Robb, Nicola Lake, Canada to his Sister [Eleanor?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRobb, Alexander/14
SenderRobb, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNicola Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1454/6/8: Copied by Permission of Dr J. C. Robb Esq., M.B.E., M.C., M.C.H., Cambourne Park, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9006027
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 09:02:1994
Word Count749
TranscriptWhen writing
direct to Nicola Lake Lytton British Columbia
New Westminister is 200 miles from here
and I think your last letter must have
been detained there

Nicola Lake
February 24th 1872

My dear Sister
I received your long
and very welcome letter three days ago
and the same mail brought me one from
Sam dated nearly two months later. [Now?]
Eleanor dear if I could find in my heart
to scold you I would certainly do so. What on
earth could put into your head, if only for one
moment - that I had forgotten you. It is very
true that I have been very remis [remiss?] about writing
but I may well accuse you all of the same
fault, for from all the friends I have
at home I do not believe I get no answer
ago more than one letter in six months
You little know my dear Sister what it
it is to be alone in the world or you would
certainly never think of accusing me of
forgetfulness. Don't you know Eleanor,
that one must [love?] some one [someone?] and what
have I got to love but my Father yourself
and my friends at home - It is true
that I have got lots of friends as the
world calls them and I believe I may say
without any vanity that I am generally
regarded as not a bad sort of a fellow
but I do thoroughly believe that there
is not within some thousands of miles
of where I sit tonight, one Solitary Individual
who would care two straws if I
were dead and buried to morrow [tomorrow?]
Do you think then that I am likely to forget
those whom I know do care for me - It
now only wants three days of being two
years since I left home and I can safely
say that during that time there has
not been one day nor scarcely a waking
hour I have not thought of home
Not that I am what is called home sick [homesick?]
but as I said before one must love
something. But enough on this subject

I was extremely glad to hear such good
accounts of all the young folks as
you gave me (You see I am beginning to
to put myself on the old list though you may
possibly object to it) What a comfort it
must be to Father to see them all doing
so well and keeping themselves so respectable
I myself feel almost as proud of them as
if they were my own boys You most likely
have heard that I wrote to Sam asking
him what his idea was about coming to
this Country. I believed and indeed was
about satisfied that I could find him a
situation, much better as far as salary
was concerned, than the one he is now in
However since the folks at home were unwilling
that he should come I consider
he did quite right in staying where
he is He is certainly much happier than
he would likely be here and that after
all is everything. I believe after all
it was as much selfishness in my part
as interest in Sam's welfare that induced
me to write to him for I do long so to
see some one [someone?] of my own kindred.
I think I hear you say then why don't
you come home and see them; but I
am afraid that I must deny myself
that gratification for some time to
come. I am just now beginning to get
my head a little above water and I
am afraid if I were to take such
a plunge as a visit to home would
be I would drown altogether. I am
in hopes though that If God spares
me I will before many years be able
to see you all once more.

You can scarcely expect to receive such
long letters from me as you are able
to write to me I have so very little to write
about I am well in health as indeed I
always am as as to my worldly prospects
why I am getting along about as well
as I expected that is to say slowly
but I believe steadily You may be a
long time in getting this letter as communication
is very uncertain at this time of
the year. I am going to write to Dundonald

by this mail Give my best love to John
and the children Do not let it be so long
again before you write as it was the last time
and with warmest love believe me dear Sister your
loving brother Alex Robb