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Title: Isabella Allen, Bristol England to Andrew Marshall, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileAllen, Isabella/98
SenderAllen, Isabella & W. J. Campbell Allen
Sender Genderfemale-female
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBristol, England
DestinationBelfast, N. Ireland
RecipientMarshall, Andrew
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD/1558/1/2/32 : Presented by F.D.Campbell Esq., 15 London Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9803630
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:03:98.
Word Count1203
TranscriptBristol Sept of the 1838

My dear [____?].
We have just finished tea in the
White Inn as old fashioned a place as you can
imagine, thick walls, thick window lashes, and
wondrously little light admitted through the
glass, owing to the near vicinity of the opposite
houses which seem as old as the world, the noise
of coaches coming and going from the office
below and the confusion of voices of travellers,
waiters porters on is incessant and almost deafening.
This is the house of general resort in Bristol
and truly you would think the hotel could
not contain all that arrive they come frequent
as bees; I hear there are travellers bound like
ourselves for the great water among them but
the coaches are not here. I hope you received
the note sent by Mr Bashele from Liverpool that
told of our safe arrival there. I may now tell you
of our proceedings since then. At half after
four we started in a second class train on
the Railway and reached Birmingham at ten, the
stoppages on the way were very numerous and retarded
as, but the mode of travel [____?] thoughts very
little fatiquing. A full moon was the most beautiful
object I saw on my route and we were all three pretty
well tired when we reached the hotel in Birmingham.
The next morning at nine we started on the top of
the coach for Gloucester a distance of ninety
miles. The day proceeded to be fine and we got
front seats. The country I admired from its
richness and the neatness and comforts apparent
in the houses both small and great, but it is
flat and one mile traversed is the ditto of the one
following. There is nothing to offend the eye
no poverty no beggary nor filthiness but there
is little to excite the looker on, every thing is,
as Bryon says lame and domestican. The coaches
are certainly delightful to travel on so well
ordered and drawn and driven by such respectable
horses and drivers. As we neared Cheltenham
showers began to fall and the evening looked
so threatening that we thought it [-------?]
to stop there and not proceed the additional
nine miles it rained the greater part of the
evening only giving us a cessation of a few
minutes in which we walked to [-------?] one
of the P[----?]rooms built in great taste and
surrounded with pleasant walks, grounds houses etc
it was dark and damp and we saw the beauties of
Cheltenham under very unfavourable auspices. This
morning we started again on our journey on the
outside and were favoured by the skies as before
until we reached Bristol within three miles
when the rain poured in a perfect
torrent fortunately we were well [----?]ffled
and received no injury but were ready for a
hearty dinner when we reached this noisy
abode. The drive today was more beautiful
than that of yesterday though much of the
same character, we were planted behind with
an immense pile of luggage in front of us
and had in consequence only side views.
Our travelling companions consisted at
first of two intelligent enough woman
who favoured us with some conversation but
one of them was replaced by a great redfaced
- bloated looking man dressed in a waggoners
blue shirt and his disagreable [disagreeable?]
appearance served to act as a silencer to all
the party, I was struck dumb. The grain
seemed in a great degree gathered in but
the country we passed was more a meadow and
orchard district than a grain growing one
I was tempted several times to jump off
the coach to the top of a pear tree and sit
there poised until I had sight off [of?] the
finish but I could not both see one
quite convenient enough for
such an experiment and so I drove on like
Tantalus unable to taste. William and his
cousin are gone out for a stroll, it has
just rained incessantly since our arrival
here and in consequence I have been
condemmed to the house fate and candles help
to cheer me. I wonder what the crossing will be
like we start at eleven for the Western and
then taken to [----?] [-----?] for a while; I trust
favouring breezes are in store for us and that in
a fortnight or a little more I will be again
occupied in the pleasing task of writing home.
Be sure that some one writes by the 13th and
2Oth as I am in hopes we will find the letters
in New York on returning from Niagara. The well
known handwriting will be a joyful sight but I
must not count time, but let the variety
occupy my mind entirely I began to think of turning
my steps homewards again but I feared a cold
reception and thought it just as well on further
deliberation to go on and take care of "that
Creature" who contrives to take care of me dont [don't?]
you think I was as wise to do so? But I
must leave him room for saying something and
and will conclude by sending love across the
Channel to all my Dear [----?] down to dear Aleda who
I trust is once more laughing and well dont [don't?]
forget the quartette in College Square nor
[------?] and
Believe that I remain now and ever
your attached and affectionate

My Dear Sir,
"Your attached & affectionate daughter"
has left me little space, I presume she has told
you everything I could say, & I am sure she has told
[torn] much better than I could do. We have on the
whole been much favoured so far as regards weather
during our travelling, but the warnings have been
so such that Bella has not been able to see
any thing either of Cheltenham or this place.
However we do not much regret this, as the rain
was considerate enough not to drench us when
outside the coaches.- I was desirous of not
closing this letter until we got on board the
Gt. [Great?] Western, that we might be able
to say something of our accommodation, but Madame
is anxious that you should certainly receive
this letter and she is afraid that if we
entrusted it to any one returning from the
Ship it might be mislaid or forgotten, we
therefore concluded on dispatching this epistle
by post ourselves, leaving the ship to form
a portion of our first communication from New
York. Till then we must wish you farewell.
- Be good enough to let my mother know that
you have heard from us : assure all in
Wellington Place & College Square of my
kindest regards and believe me to be Ever
W.J. Campbell Allen.

Saturday morning 10 O'clock We are preparing
to start on our voyage and I believe the day like
its predecessor means to brighten up there are
to 133 passengers on board and with [----?]
servants on the number will not be much
short of 200 I must say goodbye till I land
again and with love to all again I am yours