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Title: Dugald Turner, Paisley, to Henry McIndoe, Paisley.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileTurner, Dugald/37
SenderTurner, Dugald
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPaisley, Scotland
DestinationPaiesley, Scotland
RecipientMcIndoe, Henry
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 3683: Deposited by Rev. and Mrs. Crooks. #TYPE LET Dugald Turner, Paisley, [Scotland?], 16 December, 1845, to Henry McIndoe.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9002007
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
Log14:02:1990 JM created 28:05:1991 OT input 29:05:19
Word Count508
TranscriptMr Henry McIndoe
Care of Mr [S?]nodgrass
Paisley 16 Decr [December?] 1845
Dear Henry
The following singular and very curious circumstance
occured [occurred?] in the house of John Campbell Senr [Senior?],that is our
John's Father, On Friday's morning last, about 1/2 past 5 old
John was up on being up he thought he would put a bit peat in the
fire, consequently he went to break a bit of one which had been
left at the side of the fire dry the night before, On Knocking at
the peat to break it there was a buzzing, sweet melodious sound
commenced like that of a Bee which surprised him very much, He
thought it came from the peat therefore exemined [examined?] it
very carefully and I assure you it would be very cautiously and
can be easier imagined be you that knows him, then any person is
able to describe it however he could find nothing after exemining
[examining?] it very minutely for several times and was still
ammused [amused?] by the humming of what he thought to be a Bee.
By this time he had almost turned as cold an an Isicle [Icicle?]
with his patience nearly exausted [exhausted?] he then came to
the speedy conclusion of going to his bed and leave the peat at
the side of the fire until daylight "For since its no on the out
side it must be in the inside" at which time he got up after
being entertained by the "musical Bee" during the interval - got
a hamer [hammer?] split the peat & out flew his untimely guest
the Bee, but alas, it was not destined to fly far, only 2 yds
[yards?] or so, then droped [dropped?] to the ground crawled
there a little & died which seemed as if the upmosphere
[atmosphere?] of Cold Winter was too much for its tender form, It
is of the wild class I think, being much larger the [than?] the common
honey bee The place in which it was secured was bout the size
of a Hazel nut shell, little more room then to allow it to
turn and as neat and round as if it had been made for it on
minutely exemining [examining?] the peat, which has been done
by several person, no crack or passage to its cell and be found,
therefor [therefore?] - the Query is how did it get there? which
I think will be as difficult to solve as any of Euclid's, It has
been visited by a good number of the more curious the general
supposition is, that it has been deposited there for many
centuarys [centuries?] lien [lying?] in a dorment [dormant?] state, come to
life with the slow & gradual heat of the fire and as I have
already said It could not exist when exposed to our apmosphere
[atmosphere?] I have some thoughts of sending a piece of it to the
Editor of the F. Herald. I think it would get insertion. You
see I have been Doctoring it a Little perhaps mad [made?] it
worse but should know better then [than?] I
Yours &c
Dugald Turner
Mr Henry [McIndoe?]
18th Dec [December?] 1845