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Title: J. Scott Picton, Canada to Anne Scott, Co. Londonderry
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileScott, Olive/101
SenderScott, Olive
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBallybrittas, Co. Laois, Ireland
DestinationDerry, N.Ireland
RecipientScott, Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT2609/11: Copied by Permission of Mrs J.F. Hodges, Glenravel House, Glenravel, Co. Antrim
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9804836
Date08/09 (?)/1838
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 30:04:98.
Word Count980
TranscriptTo: Mrs. [Anne?] Scott

Mount Henry House
25 August

Ballybrittars is [?]

My dearest Anne
I know I ought to have answered your last letter
sooner, but I did not & so as I confess delinquency,
you are bound to forgive me. Except for one week when
I went to the county Wicklow for change of air after
the -hooping [whooping?] cough for Edward I have spent this
[?] dis[?] summer at home & alone, I had hoped to have
enticed the Clements here but they could not come,
[Therps?] promised to do so about a month since to make
some arrangements about Letting this farm & domain
[demesne?] but he disappointed me, & I have now to apply
to some of my friends here to act for me; but it would
have been more creditable both for him & me had he been
very [?] [differences?]; but I suppose he is either too
busy or too pleasant at home or too heartless to think
of aught stupid or troublesome. Now my child this is
in direct confidence & never let it reach his wife's
ears; for for (sic) a time will perhaps come when for
a short period I shall be [given?] on his attention, &
I wish to keep well with him, I am sure she is good &
estimable & amenable, but she is surrounded with such
a barricade of stiffness & distance & I think, [?]-[?]
that I never could love her, as I should wish to love
dearest [Therps's?] wife whom in spite of all, I do
most truly love I wonder what makes him heartless! I
am certain there can be no earthly pleasure equal to
loving & being loved & we cannot hope for the one
without feeling the others. Henry has thank God been
wonderfully well all the summer & has quite puzzled Dr
Jacob; he eats, drinks & shops, suffers no pain whatever,
but nevers asks a question or takes the least notice of
any thing,; he goes out twice a day in a bath chair &
sometime in the cariage [carriage?], never asks for me
when I am absent or speaks to me when present; he likes
to hear me read out to him & sits all day with a book
in his hand, but his I think is more like "the ruling
passion strong in death", than that he derives any
pleasure from what he hears or sees [?] you will say
is a sad state, & yet I am thankful that he is even
as he is & free from pain; they say he may continue
in this state for years; & tho[ugh?]' it has cast a
gloom over me forever, yet I feel & know that it is
better for me to be thus laid as aside; the world &
the pleasures are too enticing for me, & the longer
I am shut out from them the better. And would you
believe it that I have a strange kind of pleasure in
my present solitary life. there is so much of the same
kind of vanity in it that it pleases & occupies me.
I am meditating asking one of the Ra[?] girls to come
to me in the winter but there are many drawbacks to
them; they do such odd things & are so adverse to
taking advice; but I have a mind to try Jane Eliza;
Flora has given all the people offence by her
hauteur when she was at [?] Abbey last year; so she
will not do I heard a strange account of a party they
have in Dublin last spring at which one of them amused
the guests by reading alternately Byron & Shakespeare
the entire evening. Henrietta Weste [Westenia?] resides
at [?] were you not shocked to hear of his death -
But I have written thus far without asking one word about
yourself & the dear children. but I trust they & you are
all well & happy I envy you having a governess that you
like & wish I had the same. Mrs [?] takes admirable care
of Edwards health & outward mien, has made him manly &
independent, but of forming his mind & manners she has
not the most remote idea he is very much with myself but
then that is not enough. What I want in time to come is a
person that would take charge of him & at the same time be
a companion to myself if I wished it but just now I dislike
changing, until at least this winter be over - for if poor
Henry gets thro [through?]' it I really think Jacob's words
will prove true Edward is a dear intelligent child, & thank
God has got over the hooping [Whooping?] cough wonderfully
well have any of yours had it The poor people are in great
anxiety about harvest, & so am I about the poor laws, for
I positively expect that this estate will be half ruined
by them & as to beggars being chassed [chased?] that will
never be the case with poor Ireland. I hear from London
that our reno[n?] wed cousin Lucas has been a most
attentive & efficient counsellor on the subject & that
he is much attended to in the house they are now at
Turchenham for six weeks & then go to Harrowsgate. You
[?] the French Aunt C. [?]'s mother she has been with
my Uncle James but is so odd & so mad that none of her
family took any notice of her She wears her own hair
not a wig, in ringlets down to her waist! - I must now
perforce end my [?]rations pray write to me soon And
with kind love to Mr S believe dearest Anne ever yr
[your?] affete [affectionate?]
Olive S.

If you have not read Thomas Mose's life by Roberts get it
it will delight you.