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Title: Alexander Robb, [Nicola Lake, Canada?] to sister, Susanna.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRobb, Alexander/43
SenderRobb, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNorth America?
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1454/5/7: Copied by Permission of Dr. J. C. Robb Esq., M.B.E., M.D., M.C.H., Cambourne Park, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9006034
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:08:1993
Word Count464
TranscriptMy dear little Sister
I don`t know
that this is a proper adress [address?] for a young lady of seventeen but
I mention I can hardly think of you as anybody else than this
dear little girl who used to climb on my knee and comb my
long whiskers. Indeed I believe I would have continued in this state
of blissful ignorance for I don`t know how long had I not received
your letter. The moment I read that my dream was dispelled
for I at once knew that no little girl with short petticoats
could ever write such a beautiful letter. Never make any excuses
about letter writing any more for I [declare?] to you that it is
a very long time indeed since I received a letter either better written
or better expressed. Remember that I expect you to correspond
with me regularly after this and I will never forgive you if you
neglect to do so. You gave me also a great deal of news that
was very interesting to me and which I could not expect father
to think about. You may be sure that I was glad to hear
that Nellie and Lizzie were so well and so happy, May God
bless and prosper them both. I think they have been blessed
in choosing good kind husbands and that is everything for a woman,
more perhaps than ever a good wife is to a man
For my part I hardly ever expect to be blessed by a wife but that does
not lesson my preference for the married state in preference to [-----?]
other and my greatest wish is that if I ever be back home I may
see my brothers and sisters filling that station which God and
nature has pointed out as the proper one for all human beings.
You wish to know my dear little simpleton if I get my washing
and mending done for me comfortably. Of course I do and my
cooking into the bargin and all by that one person, I mean
myself of course it is all well done especially the mending. Listen
the stitches are sometimes long and not very even but what
is that where there are no woman to criticise one`s appearances
As for baking I think I can beat any woman in the parish of
[Dundonald?] giving us both the same materials, I mean flour
and water with these I can make bread that would make
Barny Hughs hide his [dizzying?] his head and blush for very
[shame?] I find though that I am getting into a regular
hogmarsh so I must draw to a close I promise you
I'll write you a decent letter the next time so with
love to Mary, Andrew, Larry, and Frank.
I remain dear Sister
your affect [affectionate?] Brother
Alexander [Robb?]

To Susanna