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Title: Martha J. Wilson, Ontario to [Thomas Reid, Co. Armagh?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWilson, Martha J/28
SenderWilson, Martha Jane
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHope Township, Canada West (present-day Ontario)
RecipientReid, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourcePerry Town, Hope Township, Co Durham, Canada West, (Now Ontario, Canada)
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9102018
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 09:02:1994
Word Count1296
TranscriptPerry Town Dec 15th 1862

My Dear Brother
I received your letter of May 10th and
surely I was highly gratified to see even your pictare [picture?]
I sat and cried over it like a calf, untill [until?] I half frightened
the children, you look nearly as shy in it as you did the night
that you sang in T. Johnston's, you are larger than I thought
you ever would be on account of your being so delicate when
young, I think it was a fine thing that you never went
to teaching school, it is the last business, for either health or
happiness, it is so hard to please every body [everybody?] and his wife too.
I was very much pleased to have a letter from Uncle
Carroll I preserve it fearing it will be the last epistle I will
ever receive from his hands, poor Aunt Ellen I think her lot is a
pretty hard one, how very very lonely she must be, it will take
all the fire and [tow?] she had to be brought into exercise now
to bring her through her every day [everyday?] trials, I am glad that it
pleased God to send her a daughter, she is now able to assist her mother
in her heavy duties, fail not to give them my love individually
tell Aunt Ellen that I think I can safely say that I sincerely
feel for her, in the loss of my cousin Joseph, for we have one gone
before us too, but she was only 1 1/2 years old so of course we could
not feel her loss so heavily. Uncle Carroll writes that Aunt Hannah
died very suddenly as many have done at home lately, many
have done so here too, and some of them those whom it would
seem as if they could be but ill spared but it pleased God
to call them and we know not why such things happen perhaps
as warnings to us but Oh how soon the impression leaves us and
we go on reckless as before; may God have mercy on us and forgive
our carelessness, I am glad that my cousins are steady
they are so much more of a comfort to their Mother, give her
my sincere love and respect, likewise Uncle John, I wish I
could get his likeness, is Henry determined never to write me
if so let him say so & then I will stop expecting, give my love to him.
We are all pretty well at present since September commenced
our 4 oldest children have had the measels [measles?] 3 of them have
had or are rather recovering from the whooping cough John
has not taken it yet, and on the 27th of Oct another
baby boy has entered our midst, I gain my strength very
slowly I had a pretty hard fall's work 3 of the children
were ill in the measels [measles?] at once I might say that neither Jos
[Joseph?] nor I have had one solid night's rest since about the first
of Sept, but we ought to be thankful that they are spared
to us for many children have died this fall of several diseases, incident
to children, our oldest girl is not just so strong as the other
two accordingly, whether she will still be so or not I know
not, she has not recovered from the measels [measles?] so quick as the rest
I assure you your little nephew is a great pet with the

rest John thinks he is worth 24 girls, Anna Maria is
quite jealous of him, fearing her [Dada?] will think too much
of him for she considers herself the only person nearly allied
to him in the house, I stand but second in her affections.
What Freak could possess David Kilpatrick to start
for N.Z. [New Zealand?], if he wished to make money faster he might have tried Canada, or some place within bounds of Christendom but to
start on a 6 months voyage speculating, what an idea, and
only think I don't know yet what Kilpatricks they are, nor
did George tell me in his letter what M. A. [Margaret Anne?] Called her baby I used to think when R. J. [Robert John?] would marry I would send for M. A. [Margaret Anne?] but, that break is ended; all hopes of ever seeing her seems now blasted as for the rest of you I hardly ever expect to see any of you R. J. [Robert John?] & Jos [Joseph?] are doing well so of course they wont ramble this length if you keep single I intend you SHALL pay us
a visit but else I hardly expect to see you either, let me know
who R. J.s [Robert John's?] wife is in your next give my love to Mother and
R. J. [Robert John?] and wife and Jos [Joseph?] not forgetting Mr Gilmour and Margaret Waddell alias ___ I forget what, remember me to
John Waddell when you see him, I presume Mr A [McCl--?]
has not heard from Uncle Reid yet tell him the best way
to find Out the Outs and ins of Canada is to come and see
us amongst us we will keep him as long as he will stay
in the two Provinces Uncle John & Aunt Martha will be glad
of his company in the Lower Province & I would be glad of it
here. James Wilson is yet in England we hear from him
regularly he is having great times amongst his friends and
Old associates he has recognised 48 persons which he has
not seen for 23 years and he was but 15 when he left I
do hope he will enjoy himself in Ould [Old?] Ireland I want
you to take him down to Charlemont My Dear Brother to see the guns he
has been to exhibition in London, and seen the Elephant.
I would like him to see Fathers grave and Belleer [Balleer?] School
house where I was born, if Mr Boyd can spare you, spend as much
time as possible with him, there would be no thought taken of
the time spent with you, were you here, they are a remarkable family,
[?] that kind and indeed all kinds of hospitality.
I have been telling the children about ladies fancies, we
have not and candy of that particular make here, and the
only thing the [they?] think of to ask Uncle Ths [Thomas?] to send is some of them, you can can let James have all of them for their gratification
Times here are unremarkable hard that is in respect of money it is
almost impossible to get a cent, one good thing their [there?] is that all kinds of provision is very cheap although the crops in most places were
now poor, wheat in some places did not yield 3 bushels to the acre &
in fact oats and peas little better potatoes in some places were quite
a failure we never had so good a crop nor of so good a quality but our
wheat and oats were light, and lumber is a drug no buisiness [business?] going [on to?] require it and no market in the states nor have we much

[pine?] here in in this neighbourhood now, but we may be thankful that
we are so well off no debts to meet that we are not able pay and enough
to eat and enough to wear, I hope there is better times a coming
This horrible war in the states in hurting thousands, calico and
woolen [woollen?] goods are rising beyond every thing [everything?], and as
Uncle Carroll says to contemplate the affusion of human blood that is being
spilled is heartrending in the extreme, your sister
M. J. [Martha Jane?] Wilson