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Title: John Boyd, St John, Canada, to Mr. Stavely, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBoyd, John/37
SenderBoyd, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSt John, New Brunswick, Canada
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientStaveley, James W.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1835/27/5/4: Presented by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9309005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by C. R.
Word Count477
TranscriptSt. John December 8. 1860

My dear Mr. Stavely
This day you are a week and we hope that
Wednesday next will show you the fine City of Halifax, and a
few days after your own home, where wife and family, and
hundreds of friends will be delighted to see you in health and
prosperity: You would have in the "Europa" for the first and
second officers my friends McCauley and Fordyce, who are just
the men for the position. We had Captain Little coming out,
but I expect you had Leitch. I hope you left all at home in
Ireland as well as you may expect to find all at home in New
Brunswick. I wrote to William Summerville last week the time
you would be in Halifax, and that he might meet you in Windsor
on the Friday; but since then the "Emperor" has been suddenly
laid up and last night made her last trip to Windsor: this I
regret. You will now have come by way of Annapolis from
whence the "Emperor" comes on Thursdays and Monday afternoons:
or found the head of the Bay taking sail to Truro, Coach to
Moncton, and sail to St. John - if you have any very heavy
luggage would it not be well to have it sent round by the
sailing packet "Julia"; of this conveyance Mr. N.J. Coleman,
our agent in Halifax can inform you. Call on him, and use
my name, and he will advise you, the best course to take.
I suppose if you come by Amhurst [Amherst?] you will see
Dr. [Doctor?] Clarke: I think it would be well to do so, as he
feels rather, that you did not reply to his letter, before
leaving for England, in which he offered you assistance; While
there too, you could enquire about Patterson's affairs, and the
horse and waggon left to you - You may as well have it, if it
is left to you. We have all been getting on here as usual,
quietly, but properly. I feel as though you ought soon to be
back to keep us in order, or we may be straying out of the old
paths, and have our appetites destroyed with buttermilk, and
other sour liquids, instead of the pure milk of the word.
Mrs. Stavely was spending an evening with us last week, and I
saw her safely home, the Children are all well, and your
little Anne is growing to be a very nice little girl, quite
worthy of her namesake!! I shall not trouble you with any news
for the best of reasons, I have none. Mr. Adam Jack, and Mr.
Ebenezer Stephens are dead, Fred James our Railcar builder was
killed at his work. H.G. Simmonds was drowned while boat
racing. My Mother and Anne join me in kindest regards and
"welcome home" next Thursday is our Thanksgiving
very truly yours
John Boyd.