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Title: Richard Rothwell, Canada, to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRothwell, Richard Jr/30
SenderRothwell, Richard Jr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmechanic
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1558/1/1/908: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9803493
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:03:98.
Word Count452
TranscriptPoint St. Charles Sunday

My Dear Uncle
I started to work on
Monday, Mr Eaton says that it is
a fine place for an opening for
any person that is industrious
steady, and works with the head as
well as with the hands but that
they are both indispensable. They
have magnificent shops here. The
erecting or fitting shop holds thirty
one engines, and eight or ten tenders
they have a boiler makers shop with
all sorts of punching machines
rolling machines. They employ about
twenty smiths and five spare fires.
They have also a machine shop
saparatred [separated?] from the other
shops, they have eighteen small lathes
twelve screw cutting lathes four wheels
lathes 10 verticles [verticals?] 6 planing
machines besides 8 shaping machines 7
slotting machines. Attached to the
shopes [shops?] is a fine library, reading room
with all kinds of papers fresh every
day, and there is also a very good
band, Which ought to be started at
the Ulster Railway, the hours here
are quite different here to what they
are at home, We get our breakfast at
half past six and go to work at seven
until twelve, then again from one
till six. and four on Saturdays.
I went to meeting today there is a
very nice meeting house here in
Montreal, it is very nearly as big as
ours and has a nice organ and good
quire [choir?] I am not stopping in
Montreal but at Point St. Charles about
two miles from Montreal so that it
is not at all pleasant to walk in
the heat of the day. I do not like my
lodgings much as I have not a
room to my own self and I can get
no drawing or euclid [Euclid?] done but
I must put up with it for the present
till I can hear of something better I am
reading that book that I got from
you and like it very much. I bath
in the St. Lawrence every evening,
the current is very strong insomuch
that I cannot swim against it
nor a man either. What wages I
shall get I cannot tell yet but I
suppose a dollar a week [4's &?] money
It is quite a mistake of yours that
English money at a loss, a
shilling is worth fifteen pence, Boots
and shoes are very cheap here but
clothes are very dear. The flies are a
awful bore here. It is a fine city
fine buildings fountains and squares
on the top of the mountain there
is a fine view of the city it is
about a mile from Montreal I hope
that this will find you all well
give my love to all at Faunoran
and Gortalee.
I remain your affectionate
nephew R Rothwell

Direction Richard Rothwell
fitting shop
Gran [Grand?] T [Trunk?] Railway
Point St. Charles