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Title: T. Kirkpatrick, Kingston to G. Kirkpatrick, Ballymena
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filekirkpatrick, thomas/16
SenderKirkpatrick, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
DestinationBallymena, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev George Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1604/151: Presented by Rev. Robert Kirkpatrick, Breezemount, The Roddens, Larne, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9012013
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by B.W. 06:12:1993
Word Count432
TranscriptTo: Rev. George Kirkpatrick

Kingston [Ontario, Canada?] 31 July 1856

My dear George
I dare say that
you will be surprised at receiving
a letter from me as you and I
have not been very good correspondents,
the object of the present is of a special
nature, during the past Winter & Spring
I have been called upon several times
by a young man by the name Lewis
Courtenay [Courteney?], the son of the Revd [Reverend?]
Charles Courtenay [Courteney?] [Culfughtrim?] Rectory
Ballycastle, in your neighborhood
he appeared desirous of purchasing a
small farm I [?] Mr S[?]
letters from his Father promising to
send him money for that purpose,
but putting off the time until some
sale took place in the Encumbered
Estate Court - he leased a small farm
near [?], but had to borrow money
from me to go & look at it & found it
would not answer, nor had he the means
of stocking a farm if he had one, his
Father sent him £20 a short time ago
but he has a wife & family to support,
he had tried in vain to get a situation,
one is now vacant in a Bank here, but
security is required & he had no friend
in the Country & his only acquaintance is
a young man of the name of Dundes
who is married to a Sister of Courteneys
Wife, & who is now also out of place -
It is not easy to know, what the
poor fellow is fit for, from his
appearance I should say that he will
never succeed in farming, I fear that he
is in great want, he came to me today
to ask me to be his security to the Bank
not knowing of the Great responsibility

& not being acquainted with his ability
to perform the duties of the office I
could not consent, with tears in
his eyes he asked me to write
to his Father to state his position
& I thought it better to write to you
as you must have some acquaintance
with him - whatever he intends
to do for the young man should
be done at once, the state of
uncertainty he is in will have a
most injurious affect [effect?] upon him
Give my best love to your Wife
& Alice & George - you have had
a Visit from my boy Frank before
this I hope he made a favourable
impression - John [North?] was
here for a few days with his uncle
he is as lively a boy as ever
Farewell my dear George
Your ever affec [affectionate?] Brother
Ths [Thomas?] Kirkpatrick

[note on envelope:]
Sent letter to Mr Courteney [Courtnay?] Aug 18th
Sent Mr Cs [Courtenay?] [Courteney?] reply to Thos K [Thomas
Kirkpatrick?] Aug 21 - [18?]56