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Title: J. Scott, Bristol, to Anne Scott, Willsborough, Co Londonderry.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileScott, Jane/172
SenderScott, Jane
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBristol, England
DestinationDerry, N.Ireland
RecipientScott, Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2609/3: Copied by Permission of Mrs J. F. Hodges, Glenravel House, Glenravel, County Antrim. #TYPE LET [Mrs?] J. Scott, 4 Paragon, [Clifton?], [Bristol?], [England?], to Mrs Anne Scott, Willsborough, County Londonderry, [Ireland?], 13 January [1834?].
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007085
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
Log30:07:1990 TSFS#CREATE created 15:10:1990 MC input
Word Count1682
TranscriptTo: Mrs Scott
L[ondon?]:Derry [Londonderry?]
4 Paragon Jan[uar?]y 13
My dearest Anne
I did not intend
writing so soon again but on thinking
over your kind letter it seems to me that
you w[oul?]d rather on Miss Style's acc[oun?]t have an
answer to the questions in regard to Mr C [Campbell?]
-I only regret giving you more postage - Mrs
Campbell was from all I hear a very lovely &
decidedly Xtian [Christian?] character, & from what Lady
Colquhoun tells me took enormous pains with
her daughters, desiring to train them up entirely
for the Lord - & if Miss S. [Style?] goes to them, it will
seem to me as if it were an answer to the prayers
of their Mother - She, Mrs C: [Campbell?] was one of those enabled
to speak to others on their enternal concerns & so blessed
in doing so that some of her pious friends used
to think she had just been sent abroad for that
purpose - She died ab[ou?]t a year ago - Mr
C: [Campbell?] was devotedly attached to her & I do believe from
all I can see his great desire w[oul?]d be to have his
daughters following in the path their Mother pre
- ceded [preceded?] them in - but as to the particular steps in
that way there might at first be some difference
of opinion - I think myself that the manners
& long established customs of the place we
live in, have to be made some allowance for
- from my own recollection of Scotland, & especially
the Highlands & also also from what has been told me
by pious friends that have visited it in later years
dancing is not by any means made that mark
of distinction between the Serious & worldy that
there is in England & young people, either in their own
family, or with some of their relations & friends get
up to dance in the even[in?]gs as naturally as they w[oul?]d
take a good walk or ride for exercise - but it is
different in all its bearing from a set thing of the
kind in England - one of the most decided & pious
Xians [Christians?] I have ever met with is Lady Colquhoun in Scotland
allowed her daughters to join in this way - Mrs Campbell
tho[ugh?] (from what I hear unwearied in prayers & endeavours
for the real spiritual good of her children, used to be
one of the first to encourage this in what she believed
an harmless way, & every amusement that she considered
innocent for their years, to make their home pleasent -
I am thus particular on this subject, as I think Mr C:s [Campbell's]
letter may perhaps a little frighten Miss S: [Style?] & lead her
to think there w[oul?]d be more of what is called gaiety than
is really meant - as to his age - he certainly is not
elderly, tho[ugh?]' his very grey head has that appearance - I w[oul?]d
think from what I have heard & remarked that he is something
about 47 or 48 - a little more or less - I have always heard
him spoken of as very amiable man - & his devoted attention
to his wife during her illness, also, on his eldest daughter
during a long a [and?] violent illness, occasioned, she told
me, the greyness I have spoken of - he seems to be a
most kind Father, & well inclined to religion as far as
his light goes - Miss S: [Style?] might be the means under God
of leading to brighter & fuller light - he is highly
respectable as to situation, family & connections - his
property is Stonefield in Argyleshire - Mrs C: [Campbell?] was sister
to Sir Ja[me?]s Colquhoun of Luss in Dumbartonshire - dear
Lady C: [Colquhoun?] you have, I am sure often heard me speak of -
she was greatly attached to Mr C: [Campbell?] & most anxious for the
spiritual good of his daughters - the eldest daughter is about
18 - & seems to me uncommonly sweet & pleasing in manner
- I hear from her friends that when she was not expected
to live at one time when in the South of France her mind
seemed in such a peaceful & truly Xtian [Christian?] frame that her
Mother was most thankful - I hear she is very lively - as far
as I can see, she seems quite aware of the deep inward work
needful - & of the heart being devoted to the Lord, but thinks
there may be too much stress laid on externals - Miss S: [Style?] w[oul?]d
be more as a companion to her - & governess to the youngest who
is about 14 but young looking for that age - & a pleasing [mannered?]
little girl - Miss C: [Campbell?] seems to act like a mother to her
sister, [?] is quite at the head of her Fathers house
& I do not know that there w[oul?]d be any older relation
stationary in the family, tho[ugh?]' I sh[oul?]d think from their many
connections they w[oul?]d most probably often have friends staying
in the house - I think it better to give you all these
particulars dear Sister soon in reply to yours
- as they might be an assistance to Miss S: [Style?] in making up
her mind for or against the situation - Mr C: [Campbell?] w[oul?]d be afraid
of what he w[oul?]d think too great strictness in trifles - or what he
w[oul?]d consider such, & Miss Styles of too much in the reverse, but I
cannot help thinking they w[oul?]d agree in essential, & she might
be made such a blessing in a family when there was such a pious
wife & Mother that I do think it w[oul?]d be a pity for her to turn
away from what God in His providence now offers - but of this
of course she is the only judge - now dearest you see I
take it for granted that your sympathies extend beyond y[ou?]r
own circle when I give you all this letter about others - well
I know that to be the means in any way of endeavouring to extend
our redeemers Kingdom is dear to your heart - our dear Mother
is longing for a letter from you - & when you write it may be as
well not to mention a second letter from me - as Jane is rather
in an unpleasent mood at preasent - & happening to come in the
other day when Mr C. [Campbell?] came to visit me & speak ab[ou?]t the
governess She was so exceedingly odd & unpleasent that I scarce know
what to do - & my having occasionally gentleman as visitors seems
to strike her as something very extraordinary & wonderful - dear
Maria intends returning tomorrow - She writes a good acc[oun?]t of
all at Torquay & our dear George keeps free from cold, tho[ugh?]' their
weather is colder than they expected to find it - here
it has been extremely cold but has never prevented our
dear Mother from going to Church & she keeps quite
as well as usual - her unvarying sweetness of temper
is greatly to be admired - & surely may be wondered
at, considering what she comes in contact with - she
is now engaged in reading Mrs Hannah Moor's memoirs
- have you read it - I think you will be much
disappointed in the first vol[ume?]. - I think her early life
ought surely to be brought forward or the after change
c[oul?]d not have been seen - & her early temptations to vanity
for few females in this country have met with
so much - but yet I think you will agree that
there is much might have been left out with
advantage - also that her unpremeditated letters
to her sisters are inferior to what one w[oul/]d expect
from even the careless efforts of such a kind
- I am only in the 2nd vol[ume?] but find the
interest much increase as she advances in
years & I [?] progress thro[ugh?]' her pages - I have
not much time for general reading on acc[oun?]t of
lessons &c - Charlotte is quite well & begs I will
give her most affect[ionate?] love & hopes the dear children
do not quite forget her - tell her of them when
you write for in truth they are very dear to my
heart & give my kind love to Tho[ma?]s who I hope
is quite well - I do trust you have had no return
of the illness you had when you rec[eive?]d my letter &
that you are very careful of y[ou?]r health so precious
as it is to many - I often think if we were as
watchful & careful in applying remedies in
regard to our Spiritual as bodily health what blessed results we
w[oul?]d look for - if we were more watchful against our three
great enemies & more earnest & persevering in looking
up for strength against them - if we looked upward &
forward more, the present steps w[oul?]d be often more
peaceful - Oh dearest Anne what a condescending God of
Love we have to deal with - His long suffering goodness
& continual tender care & readiness to hear & answer us
raises our heart in gratitude more & more each day - but
I feel as if it did not deserve the name of gratitude - for
that w[oul?]d include doing all in our power for Him who
does & had done so much for us - & how barren &
unfruitful one is - or rather how entirely so am I - I can
only desire that our God will by any means conform me to
His image - May that God in all His offices be continually with
you & yours My dearest Anne - ever speaking to you &
drawing you to himself in Love - I am y[ou?]r ever
attached Sister J. Scott