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Title: Kate Brown, Canada, to her Aunt Catherine Kirkpatrick, Co Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBrown, Kate/23
SenderBrown, Kate
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPeterboro, Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientKirkpatrick, Catherine
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1604/270: Presented by Rev. Robert Kirkpatrick, Larne, County Antrim
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9407001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 01:07:1994.
Word Count759
TranscriptLetter from Kate Brown, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada to Catherine
Kirkpatrick, Cullybackey, Co Antrim

Kate Brown
17 Nov 1874
(to Mother)

Mrs Kirkpatrick
Craigs Co Antrim
Belfast Ireland

November 17th 74 [1874?]

My dear Aunt Kate
It is a long long time
since I have written to you &
still longer since I have had a
letter from you, I am sure
you would not miss mine, when
you get from so many others,
dear old Nelly never misses her stated
day then [Nan?] & Bee come in,
so that there is very little left for
me to write about
I so like to hear about your
little children & how I would like
to see them, I would very much
like to have a Photo of them if
you have one to spare, but
I would like still more to have
one of your dear self & my uncle
I have not one of any of you &
I would like to have you all
so please dear Aunt if it is not
asking too much would you send
me what you can
We have had a most delightful
Autumn, some splendid Indian
summer weather, for years we have
not had it so genuine, & now the
middle of November & we can
enjoy this evening without a fire
altho [although?] a few days ago it was cold
enough to keep three stoves soaring.
I think for want of something
better to write about I shall tell
you about ourselves, just now
this evening it is half past seven
tea over & our baby Ethel in bed,
I am sitting at the side of the dining
table which is a pritty [pretty?] long one
for our family of nine, Robert
is at one and writing some business
letters, Fanny my eldest at 17 years
of age is beside me writing to a young
friend I think you would like
[Fan?, Fran?] very much, she is a sensible
steady girl very fond of housekeeping
and very clever at it too she is not
pretty but very pleasing & a very great help
to me - Jessie the second is lying on
the sofa she will be fifteen next month
she is very tall five feet seven inches, but
not strong, however I am thankfull she
is getting stronger, she is not pretty
either but has very nice eyes, & such
a sunny expression, she is clever at
her needle & very fond of it & also a
great help to me - then Herbert the
oldest boy is sitting opposite to me
learning his lessons - as also is Cecil
& Percy is printing letters, these three
are all handsome, and it is no harm
for me to say it as I didn't form
their features - He is thirteen, Cecil
eleven & the wee man 5 & 1/2, Helen
comes between the two last she is
the sunbeam of the house, at present
spending a few days with some of
her little cousins, she is very pretty
& a very sweet child & most unselfish
she is ready to run for us all, & last
is Ethel just twenty months old, every
one says she is the darling of the
flock - I hope we may not spoil her,
I shall send you a Photo
of her as I intend having her taking
if all is well, soon,
I have given you a history
of my flock of seven & don't they
keep me busy, I have always made
my children call us Father & Mother
as I don't like the way they say
Paw & Maw here - so baby says
wa wa for father it is so pretty
to hear her talking
I walked down to the Cemetry [cemetery?]
one day last week to take a look
at that one spot that has such
feeling of home about it - all
so late in the season the grass
was very green & fresh & it all looks
nice & quiet & peaceful -
If all is well I am going up to
Goodwood next week for a day or
two - poor wee Bee I am sure she
is often very lonely we are so far
from her, but her boys & girls
are so good & such a comfort
to her she hardly misses us - I do
so like to go up there & yet it is
very very different to what it used to
be - It is getting late my children
are waiting for reading so I must
bid you Goodnight - my dear Aunt
Please give my Uncle & cousins my
love & a great deal for yourself
from your affect [affectionate?] niece
Kate Brown