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Title: Fanny Broughton, Ontario, to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBroughton, Fanny/1
SenderBroughton, Fanny
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife (in a wealthy household)
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1558/1/1/725 : Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9803084
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:02:98.
Word Count996
Transcript[Inquerll?] House
Hamilton Ontario
7th January 1877
My Dear Mr Allen
Thank you so much for remembering us at
Christmas. I was quite proud that it should be so after
we had been away so many years. Altogether we had a very
pleasant Xmas & New Year, on New Year's Day the gentlemen
all go and call on the ladies if you receive at all you
keep open house and anyone calls, it is a grand old custom
for if there is any little thing gone wrong it can easily
be made up. We had 52 callers and not the least amusing
was one from Mr Broughton paid in due [---?] to bringing
of his hat & stick into the Drawing room, some of the
gentlemen stayed to dinner and we had 3 or 4 girls which
with our fire [five?] made a pleasant party, it is May's
birthday on the second [--?] after 12 they all formed a
big bunch here and sang Auld Lang Syne & for he's a jolly
good fellow then she had to make a little speech - Mr
Broughton has been in New York this week we expect him
home this aftern [afternoon?] what with the Grand Trunk
strike and the snow he was very anxious before he left.
I think his labours are beginning to bear fruit and
sometime we shall see some dividends, the low rates
were most unfortunate but we didn't do badly as the
Grand Trunk broke the bargain the Great Western could
run excursion trains, they were very heavy and make a
lot of money. The winter has been lovely, they have
not one like it for years, the sleighing has been good
for three weeks and we greatly enjoy it, we have
splendid health and no [---?] of spirits The children
were sent home from Toronto with measles and had them
badly but now are quite well and look better than ever.
We had quite a number of folks from the old country
during the summer, I dare say G. R. Smith will have
told you how he enjoyed Canada and the States,
why can't you come out with him next year ? We
would make you very welcome - Lord & Lady Dufferin
are coming to Toronto for a fortnight, they hold a
reception on Wednesday and on Thursday there is to
be a ball at Greensands Hall, we are going there are
only 700 invitations as such, at the ball there last
month 1,500 invitations were sent out & 1,000 people
were there, I enjoyed it very much. Last night we went
to Toronto to see Millson in The Lady of Lyons, she
is a great favourite here and in the States, after
the performance she was called 4 times and made a
very nice little speech. We got home about two
o'clock - Hamilton has been very gay and we are
asked everywhere it is something to belong to a
general manager here but I must say we generally
get along very well, there is only one place I
like better than Hamilton & that is Belfast.
Mary went home in June & Mr [Childers?] brought
her back in Oct ; she was the only one who didn't
settle here, she was quite glad to come back and
says she would not go back to live (sic) for anything.
I am glad to tell you she is getting quite strong and
well since we came out I thought Mr Cotton and [Ted?]
would have come to the pantomime it was wonderfully
fine I was there three times and was more delighted
each time. We were in New York and saw the 4th July
procession, it took an hour and 20 minutes to pass
our Hotel - it was the finest I ever saw - The heat
was tremendous this summer but we stood it well. I
asked Mr Broughton the other day if he didn't think
people took more pleasure out of their lives than
we did at home, he said yes quite three times as
much if not more & yet they are great workers too.
I hope to go to Ottawa this year for the opening of
Parliament if home business does not interfere.
We had quite a good time when Mr [Childers?]
his daughter and the new Great Western director were
here, Mr B & Mr C. on business all day and we enjoying
ourselves then every day we had home folks at dinner
and on the Saturday we had a dance party in 5 days we
had 105 guests and not a thing done out of the house or
any help except a charwoman and two children in measles,
my cook could not cook a plain joint when I got her -
one thing I must say you can have any quantity of grand
things any day, not as in Wales Beef only once a week
Mr Fell was perfectly delighted he said anywhere he could
not have found more intelligent men and so pleasant & easy
that is the great charm here people never want thawing -
Fancy old Vanderbilt leaving 17 Millions sterling. I
wonder if his death will make much difference in Railway
matters but girls are in great request for dancing,
they come picked [torn] the Boston and Saratoga nothing
else is danced except about three sets of quadrilles
I am often reminded of our Belfast days and the hearty
greetings there, after all fur things are more pleasing
& flattering than seeing faces light up in your
approach - I had a long talk with Mr Sam Smith and
heard all about my old friends. Mrs Broughton's mother
died last month she was 85 - I must conclude and go
to meet my husband - perhaps he will have a message
on his arrival - Remember me please to Mr [Prates?] -
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and with
Sincerest Regards believe me
yours sincerely
Fanny Broughton