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Title: Mrs J. Scott [Bristol?] to Mrs Anne Scott, Co. Londonderry.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileScott, Jane/184
SenderScott, Jane
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBristol, England
DestinationDerry, N.Ireland
RecipientScott, Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2609/7: Copied by Permission of Mrs J. F. Hodges, Glenravel House, Glenravel, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9702281
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 24:02:97.
Word Count1264
21 AUG 1835
Py POST [Bristol Penny Post postmark 21 Aug 1835?]

AU 24
1835 [Londonderry arrival postmark 24 Aug 1835?]

23 AU 23
1835 [Dublin transit postmark 23 Aug 1835?]

Penny Post [Londonderry Penny postmark undated?]

No.2 [Penny Post office arrival mark undated Number 2 sub
Post Office under Londonderry?]

1/5 [manuscript postal marking indicating 1s 5d
postage paid?]

Mrs Scott
L'Derry [Londonderry?]

August 21st 1835
My dear Anne
I take up my pen to address
you on a subject too deeply interesting to
us both. I wish to know if you [view?]
the intended departure of our truly
beloved Jane on the same point of
ruin that I do fraught with danger to
herself of every kind yet I know not only
I should ask you your answer cannot
change her purpose or comfort me, only
I believe you to be very fond of her,
also I believe you to have made some
progress in spiritual attainments
therefore you can view it on all its
leanings when I venture to say with
so delicate a frame and small measure
more cannot be required
of you than what you do, she gets
suddenly agitated and I am forced
to desist. do not suppose it is from
any selfish feel [sic] of not wishing to part
with her, that I thrust aside, and write,
regards her own happiness & satisfy mine.
I [saw?] that she had strength for the
undertaking and that it was a plain
call of duty. I could resign her self fully
but my heart trembles when I think of her
slight frame bearing all the difficulties
that present themselves to my mind
her argument is this were she to remain
after receiving such a summons and
her father to die in the course of
the winter she would have the
[pang?] of a murderer on her conscience
all the days of her life, and I really
think she would take such a [weirde?]
of it here after I would sooner part
with her [now?], than her [sink?] under
the weight of an [unsung?] conscience
I therefore feel that silence becomes a
duty my mother has had a slight attack
of fever brought on by cold, but by giving
way to it in time, and taking medical
advice she is recovering quite well
and I have not had any great anxiety
on that account yet. Doctor Fox pronounced
her to be ill but not very ill.
Georges letter has just arrived and has
given comfort to Mrs P's mind my mother
and [Bernard?] saying it is a different point
of view disturbed her much though
it did not tempt her in the least to [suc---?]
from her purpose. the Lord will
take care of his own, and to his care we must
commit her, she [leaves?] this for [Liverpool?]
I fear in less than a fortnight but she
[insists?] in adding a postscript in this, and
I will give you all particulars - I [must?]
now conclude with love to all
remain ever yours
We think it better to wait your answer
to my letter before we give Miss Addis more
notice. I rejoice George holds his resolve
of wintering at Torquay as agreed so
[well?] [with?] [time?]

I may crop a little of this -
I shd [should?] write to [dear?] George by this post
but wait for my uncle [Tenley's?] answer
- I look upon the money in his hands as
belonging to my [dear?] child, for which reason
I have never mentioned it, & shd [should?] be sorry
anyone looked on it as mine - my dear
Father tells me to get some money ( my
Uncle [Tunley's?] was about sending out to
him), to help out with the preparations &c - I also
asked my uncle to lend me œ50, to be
paid when my quarter's pay becomes due
1st Oct - bitter tears the request cost me -
nothing but the [niggling?] of the case could
lead me to it - I have not got an answer -
should he have sent the money already
to Canada, or in any way not to like to lend
me - in that case, I wd [would?] take the loan of
part of the money in George's hands, to be
paid from my quarter's pension 1st Oct -
I wrote in haste - you may suppose how
much I have to think of & to do - dear Mama
will have told you all abt [about?] our dear Mother.
- also the governess - thank you dearest for
your kind letter - I must have done - affetn
[affectionate?] love to dear Thos [Thomas?] -
may God bless you both & love to the dear
little ones from C. & self - [love?] dearest
Anne Yr [Your?] most affect [affectionate?] attached
sister J. Scott

Never was I settled so entirely to my mind
since coming to Clifton & Charlotte I hope
[minds?] imposing with Miss [Marmont?], who is
most valuable as a teacher - My poor Father's
state of health [plans?] my going to Canada
in a different point of view from what it wd
[would?] be if he was strong & well - if it is the will
of God to remove him, I wd [would?] have no tie then
for dearest Letitia wd [would?] come out here with me -
she does not in any way try to induce me
to go - & Agnes's letter is evidently written from
a sense of duty both to my Father & me - it
wd [would?] be no object to him having me - he is
very happily married - & Kitty too - she is entirely
cut off from my Father & L. in winter - my poor
Father's term of life we have every reason to fear
will be but short - you may suppose how much need
I have now to look up - bless you [dearest?]

(beginning of my letter)
My beloved Anne - I shd [should?] have written before
now only that [Chas?] [M?] told you of me - & send
letter to show George I know you wd [would?] be - his
answer arrived this morning & is a relief to my mind -
indeed I feel sure if he & you & Thos. [Thomas?] took in all
the circumstances, it must appear the way of duty -
& from that one dare not draw back - nothing else could
lead me to take such a step, as far as I know myself -
it is my poor Father's express desire - nothing
could speak plainer than his letter to me recd [received?]
some time before [Agnes's?] wishing me to sail next
[Oct-?] - I then thought all things were against my going
- & that [unless?] the way [be?] more plainly marked
I shd [should?] be afraid to venture on it.
- how far I was too easily turned aside by my own
deceitful wishing to remain free, & making too much of
the obstacles, is [torn] to say - I cd [could?] only
pray our God would force me into the right way.
I was disinclined for it - [Agnes's?] letter telling
of my poor father's increased & repeated desire to
see me, speaks too plainly to be easily mistaken -
our God [Jehovah's?] strength equal to one day only -
& that He vouchsafes me at present - our dear &
[tried?] Mother does not see it in the same light
I do, & I cannot tell you what pain it is to me to be
obliged to differ from her so decidedly - I feel the support
& guidance of our God peculiarly helpful now - it is not
withdrawn -

I have been better than usual
in health of late - greatly better than
last summer so that I dare not
think there was anything in health to
keep me back - [---?]