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Title: Richard Rothwell, Quebec, Canada, to Rosa Rothwell, Co. Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRothwell, Richard Jr/19
SenderRothwell, Richard Jr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmechanic
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
RecipientRothwell, Rosa
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT2621/3/4: Copied by Permission of D.B. Rothwell Esq., Orchard Croft, Lund, Yorkshire, England
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9502021
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 06:02:1995.
Word Count465
TranscriptPoint St Charles
Montreal July 29

My Dear Mother
I am afraid that when you receive the few lines that I sent you
last week you will think that there is something not going well but
it is not so, I simply let a piece of iron fall on my finger while
trying to push it in a vice it bruised my finger so that the nail is
coming off and I suffered a good deal of pain but is now over and
the nail is coming off by degrees. For the last day or two I had a
sick head acke [headache?] and this morning my stomach is full of
bile, and I have not gone to work, so I am imploying [employing?] my
time in writing to you so you will excuse any little mistakes Mrs
Marren and her son has gone to Boston so then it is at present a
small family. The old lady will likely stay three months but the son
cannot leave his business for more than a fortnight or so, the
business is at present being carried out by his nephew, Eward O
connol [Edward O'Connell?] I have just been startled by one of Miss
Warrens scholars bringing in the intelligence that about fifteen
miles from Montreal an emigrant train consisting of 15 cars ran
into a canal owing to the bridges being opened to let a barge
through First over went the engine and then followed the cars and
tho poor wether [weather?] all smashed to pieces and any that they
have taken out alive some have got their arms and legs cut off if it
is true it must be an appalling sight. It may only be a rumour but if
it is true there must be some great carelessness somewhere. If it is
not that I'd say that it were not true you may rely on for I will
not close my letter until I learn I will write it on the envelope.
Saturday the 2nd the annual [piercs?] of the grand Irish railway so
there will be no work. The weather is tremendously hot and we are
badly in want of rain, Saturday last being pay night I went down
town and ordered a pair of pants and vest, at 7 dollars, I will
enclose the patern [pattern?] and you will pass your candid opinion
on it if you please. Yesterday I went to the foreman and asked for a
rise of wages and after a short argument he said ye [he?] would give
one. So I shall now talk to the better brother and ask him You said
in your last letter that Mr Eaton was going to the old country do
you mean Richard Eaton please do tell in your answer and Believe me
ever your fond son

R Rothwell