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Title: Anne Scott, [Co. Londonderry?] to Elizabeth Scott, Lisburn.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileScott, Anne/176
SenderScott, Anne
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDerry, N.Ireland
DestinationLisburn, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2609/4: Copied by Permission of Mrs J. F. Hodges, Glenravel House, Glenravel, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405175
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 09:05:1994.
Word Count718
TranscriptMy dearest Elizabeth - I feel most
melancholy in sitting down to write
to you for the first time since
our sad affliction but it is the
lord merciful and gracious who has
done it and love and money shines
through the sorrowful dispensation.
We have all the comfort the word
of God can give us and that I need
not tell you dear Elizabeth is not
small or weak. Oh if it had not been
for the strong support of that infallible
word I could not have borne
the severe and unexpected shock
but our gracious Lord upheld & has
greatly comforted me I rejoice to hear
dearest Elizabeth this has [?] been your
your experience and that you are
enabled to bear with calmness
and resignation our deep afflication
humbly submitting to our Father's will
Oh may we all be kept watching &
prepared for our own summons
may death & eternity by this dispensation
brought so near to our minds not
pass away from them truly I can bear
witness that afflication is good and
profitable and bears evident tokens
of a Father's love may the impression
not pass away - I received yesterday
a most particular & consolatory account
of our dear Sister's illness & departure
from this world of sin & sorrow
the letter is from Mrs Wray and wishing
you to share the comford of it I copy part
of it. She say's "we have every earthly proof
that she died in the Lord," "I heard her tell
the clergyman who was at her bedside that
all her hope was in Christ & that she was not
afraid to die!" I never heard a murmur or
complaint from her during her sufferings,
"she had wonderful support from the lord"
"after the first day the Baby was born, we had it
removed to another room fearing it might
disturb her, & she never asked for it tho' [though?] she
lived 2 days after it left her room, she seemed
to wish throughout to keep her mind as much
as possible separated from every earthly
attraction, she spoke but little on any subject.
seemed to wish to remain silent" my
dear brother was at her bedside almost to the
last moment he asked her to give him some
token that she was happy, he said he was
aware she could not speak - she then
gave the most heavenly smile I ever beheld
& looked up, I never saw such a delightful
look, I shall never forget it - my brother exclaimed
there was more "in that look than if she
had spoke for hours" "she never mentioned
any of her family, her affections & thoughts seemed
taken off from every earthly love & fixed firmly
on Christ " "from the first she had the best Physician
this country could afford & also an experienced
& clever nursetender & when Dr [Doctor?] Jacob first said there
was an appearance of danger, my brother
called in a second, & afterwards a third - "but all
human aid was ineffectual" inflamation [inflammation?] set in
which the Docrs [Doctors?] found impossible to check & was
the cause of her death, "we all see a great likeness,
in the dear child to his dear mother, I thank God
he is a fine child & looks healthy" Mrs W [Wrays?] says her
brother is now much more resigned, but his grief
was most agonising he & the baby are with the Wrays.
I have only copied parts of the letter, it has
been a painful task, but I wished you to know the
exact account, & did not like to part with the letter
but is not this a blessed account? and does it not
show all sorrow is completely selfish?
And now dear Elizabeth I long to hear from you it has
pleased God that my health has not suffered and
all our little ones are well - the good accounts we
receive of dear George are cheering we long for furthur
Thos [Thomas?] is gone to a fair this day but will return tomorrow
give me a particular account of your own health & [?]
& of all the dear children - and with affectionate love
to dear James believe me your affectionately attached
Anne Scott

[addressed to:] [stamped:]
Mrs J: [James?] Leslie Scott DERRY DERRY
Hill Hall [Hillhall?] Glebe PENNY POST JU19
Lisburn 1834