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Title: [Frank?] Robb San Francisco, to the Robb Family Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRobb, [Frank]/29
SenderRobb, [Frank?]
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationgold miner?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSan Francisco, California, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipwrites to his family
SourceT 1454/3/1-12: Copied By Permission of Dr J.C.Robb Esq, M.B.E. M.D. M.C.H., 21Cambourne Pk., Belfast. #TYPE EMG Frank Robb, Australia, Also Alexander Robb, Nicola Lake, British Columbia, to the Robb Family, Dundonald and Ballysallagh, 3rd November 1805 to
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.8816084
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log12:10:1989 LT created 07:06:1990 IH input 07:06:19
Word Count661
TranscriptThe most of our party slept all the way on the dark until the last four
nights when it got too cold for us to lie there Our food during that time
was simply indian meal porridge and molasses with the variety of salt
j[u?]nk and biscuit About three fourths of the passengers are Canadians
and about one half of the whole of us are going to the Gold mines.
Immediately after I came here I commenced hunting As the parties to whom I
had letters of introduction [?] [?] [?] [?] I found Mr Wallace and Mr
Johnston by both of whom I was most kindly welcomed The next morning
Mr Kyle came down to the Hotel where we [stop?] and I must say If I had
been a brother instead of a stranger to him he could not have shown more
kindness. He took me all through the town yesterday and infact has devoted
almost all his time and attention to me since I came here He has not been
very well these last few months but he is now pretty strong again His
business is draying, that is carting through the Town [He?] at present has
[five?] beautiful horses and drays and I understand somet[imes?] has as
many mares his business is looking after the business and collecting bills
while his partner looks after the men and horses. I am writing this
letter in his stable as it is much cooleer than in the Hotel. The stable
(a splendid one) is built on his own ground and he has a a nice frame
house immedately [immediately?] beside it nearly finished The remainder
of the plot of ground owned by him sure would sell for as much as the
Tenant right of the best farm in our parish in size it is a little
larger than our low garden I have not seen either Mrs Wallace or Mrs
Johnston yet but before I [leave?] I am to call on them I had nearly
forgotten to state that Mr Kyle says he has written to his sister twice
but owing to the floods he thinks the mails must have been lost or
detained He will write again some day soon. He sends his best respects
to Mr Grainger his wife and to all his old friends - We start for Victoria
on next Thursday we dont exactly know what is the passage but for so far
this has been a very tedious and expensive [?] Dear Sister as soon as
you get this sit down


a wilderness you could not conceive anything so lovely so rich as the
vegetation there It is one perfect mass of tropical plants and flowers
growing so thick and so high that it rare you can see more than a few
yards into them. Some of the leaves of the wild bananas measure I should
say 5, 6 and 7 feet long and two or three broad But I not attempt to
describe it it must be seen to give one the slightest idea of what it is
like It would set Uncle Crickard crazey before he would ride three miles
through it. We found when we went to Panama that we would have to wait
seven days before we could get a vessel to Sanfrancisco We put in the time
as well as we could still that week appeared at least three It was so warm
in the daytime that one could not go out and then about half an hour after
the sun sets it is quite dark so we were [?] all the time in the hotel.
We were charged five shillings per day for board and lodgings, At last the
steamboat arrived bringing the passengers from New York and we got away.
You may imagine the comfort we had for the next 17 days where there were
750 of us cooped up in a small, miserable, old tub of a steamboat