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Title: J. White, Goderich to E. Wallace, Newtownards.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWhite, Jane/1(3)
SenderWhite, Jane
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian?)
OriginGoderich, Ontario, Canada
DestinationNewtownards, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientWallace, Eleanor
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1195/3/19: Presented by J.W. Russell & Co (Solicitors) High Street, Newtownards, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Belfast.
Doc. No.9312076
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 02:12:1993.
Word Count895
Transcript To: Eleanor Wallace
[County Down?]

From: Jane White
January 27 1859

Goderich January 27 1859

My dear Eleanor
I was delighted to receive your kind
letter, I can perfectly understand what you mean by household
duties taking up so much of your time, I feel just the same
for all my mother one might suppose would take all the
trouble, it is wonderful what one gets to do if they feel
inclined, I'm sure in a house where there are six or ten
children the work must be no little, sewing alone considered,
We felt very sorry to hear about Mrs Hill being poorly, I
hope she is better, do let us know particularly in your next
letter, and I will feel much obliged, I always was so fond of
Mrs Hill, do you know where her sister Mrs McConnell is, we
often speak of her, is she still in Montreal? So Miss
Bingham is living and well, how silly the person must have
been to tell she was dead, and they from Mewtownards too, do
you know how she is getting on? What a mild winter we have
here for so far with the exception of one night and morning
when the thermometer was 20 below zero, above a week ago,
there is a thaw at present. I heard of the marriage of Dr
Jamison but heard it was the youngest and only remaining Miss
Ferguson of Castleleavery, your letter contradicts this. The
young folks are certainly leaving us alone they are marrying
off so fast, I suppose you will be following their example
some of these days, but I do declare Eleanor if I were in
your place I would scarcely be induced to give up my liberty
few ladies are as abundantly blessed as you in this world's
wealth and comforts with a blessing attending it, you have
been brought up in a good, religious, proper manner, and have
profited by it, but married or single there is no doubt the
Almighty will watch over your welfare because you trust in
Him. I hope when you marry you will get a good kind husband.
my mother was greatly taken with S[p]urgeon's sermons, you

will remember you sent them to me, he is certainly a very
clever man but has a queer way of expressing himself, my
father was talking to Revd [Reverend?] Mr McKidd here about
him, he called him a queer con [concern?], I suppose he thinks
he can preach better himself. The new bishop was up early
in winter and held a confirmation, there is now the bishopric
of Huron so old Dr Strachan of Toronto is not our bishop any
longer, we have lost the old Scotsman and got a very clever
Irishman in his place Mr Cronyn of Dublin formerly, he got
in by only one vote, he is a very strong opponent of Cardinal
Wiseman's I see, his address to the young people was that of
a staunch Protestant. There was some amusement at the
Election of our Mayor this time it was done by all the
Electors of the town according to the new act, the
candidates were Dr McDougall and a Mr Johnston, I think
Johnston was brought up near Lurgan, Ireland, my father was
proposed as a third, but he declined the honour, Dr McDougall
begged of him to take his place and he would turn his votes
over to him as he is tired of being Mayor, he has had it so
long, but he was determined to oppose Johnston as he is a
great fellow among the Orange men, I believe the master of
the [lodge?] here, and the other is a Roman Catholic, the
people who would be supposed to vote for Johnston [----?]
their votes and let McDougall in by a [-?ar?]thing majority,
the other person was so unpopular owing to some affair that
took place many years ago long before we came here, it is
strange how one false step sticks in the public mind so long,
but the situation is one of trouble and expense not worth
having, it is said one of the sons of Queen Victoria is to
visit Canada next summer of course he will be here in
Goderich. It is said the railway is to run through the town
to the wharf, I do not think the people at home would put up
with this in a town. I hope you will excuse such an
uninteresting letter, I feel very much obliged at your
constant kindness in writing to me, being so long parted from
you, it is so pleasant to think you have not forgotten me, my
father and mother join me in kindest love to you, not
forgetting your cousin, please remember us to Mr and Mrs
Milliken, we were anxious to hear from them, my father wrote
last, I hope they are quite well, hoping soon to hear from
you, I remain
Yours Most Sincerely

My father would like to know where the person is who used to
be organist in N.T.Ards [Newtownards?] church, a Mr Walker,
if you know any thing of him or where he is, what part of

Canada, my father would like to hear, he told me about twenty
times, I should think to ask you, I think, I always forgot,
he came out in the ship with us. my father would like to hear
of him being well fixed.