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Title: Robert Love, Banbridge to William Fisher, Petersburg, Va.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelove, robert (nephew)/203
SenderLove, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationruns a grocery, glass and earthenware business
Sender ReligionProtestant?
OriginBanbridge, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationPetersburg, Virginia, USA
RecipientFisher, William
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2393/2/45: Presented by Messrs Heron & Dobson, Solicitors, Banbridge, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405173
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 09:05:1994.
Word Count1149
TranscriptI received your kind [torn]
January on the 10th Feby and [I assure?] you [torn]
gave me no small pleasure to hear of your welfare
and that there still remains some out of my former
acquaintance in Petersburg who are still alive
and who have not altogether forgotten me.
It often gives me a pleasing not however without
a shade of melancholy satisfaction to look back and
bring former scenes and friends to my recollection
often have you made a prominent figure in
the [ideal?] [?] scene and I need not tell you that
my pleasure and gratification was great when I saw
your name attached to the letter.
I thank you for writing to me and although
I lament in George Mahoods descease [decease?] the loss of one
of my oldest and kindest friends still I did not
feel surprized [surprised?] with the account _ his long silence
made me think that he was dead long before
this. the last letter I received from him was in
1828 immediatly [immediately?] after having joined the Va [Virginian?]
Conference - and being appointed to a circuit
and knowing how often M. P. change their
situations I never wrote back - not knowing where
to direct to. I need not mention to you the
friendship that existed between Geo [George?] and myself.
in a strange Country - and without friends to
him I looked to as an elder Brother for advice
and direction in every case and always found him
[torn] friend. thank God that his
latter end was such as I trust in his mercy also
that ours may be.
Please to remember me in an affectionate manner
to Mrs Mahood & to Miss M [Mahood?] (if I remember right I think
she should be a namesake of mine and of course
she should think of her absent Godfather) and to all
the family - let Mrs M [Mahood?] know that George`s father & mother
has been dead this many years and the family
scattered the oldest son James who resides a few miles from
this I immediatly [immediately?] informed of Geos [George's?] death and
read him that part of your letter which related to it - he
said he would soon write. he has lately sold a
place he had here and is now in the way of
purchasing another Alexr [Alexander?] is in England selling Linen
Cloth - he promised to inform him immediatly [immediately?] and
desire him to write to Mrs M [Mahood?] - if she would wish
to write to them let it be directed to my care
here and I will see it forwarded. let Mrs Mahood
know that it would give me great satisfaction to
hear from her now and then and to know how her
and her family are doing.
I am sorry on your account my Dr [Dear?] William
that I was not asked to the Queens Wedding - as
I woud [would?] in that case have tried to give you
such a description of Royalty with the attendant
Princes dukes Peers & Peeresses - Heralds & Pursuivants
men at arms [?] - trumpets blowing cannons roaring - Men in Breeches
shouting and women in peticoats [petticoats?] all screaming
God save the happy pair
and all the other etcetras [et ceteras?] as would have [astonished?]
all the young republicans in Va [Virginia?] however having
a friend at Court I [torn]
wrote to Windsor to endeavour [?] you [torn]
peice [piece?] of the Brides Cake and with a great deal of
trouble and no little interest has this been procured
which I send to you - although but small it will
be a novelty - and as such I suppose will be prized
the friend alluded to could not get this untill [until?] he applied to the
Lord Steward of her Majesty`s household
Give my kind love to all my inquiring friends to
Susan, Betsey Andrews Mrs Fisher your mother - you had 2 sisters
when I was in Pg [Petersburg?] what is become of them you do not
mention them. Perhaps Mrs Orr would recollect
me if so present my respects to her - who is R [-?] Hannon I
cannot now recollect. I heard of W Riddle`s death immediatly [immediately?]
after it happened. I am glad to hear of the great
improvements you have going forward in Pg [Petersburg?] it would
be my delight to revisit it again. but of that there
is little prospect at present however who can tell what
may happen. Tell me in your next (for now that the ice
is Broken you must write to me regulary - and if
you think it worth while I will keep up a regular
correspondence with you it would much gratify me
if you would engage to do so) what is become of Mr Tufts
Miss A. B. Williams, G. P. [Dessosway?], there are many others
whom I distinctly remember but whose names I forget
whom I would like to hear of _
Now I will tell you something of myself I set up
Business for myself in 1825 in 1835 I married [torn]
[torn] Prudence 6 mo. [months?] [?] I
[torn] would be rather inconvenient notwithstanding
all the improved ways of travelling there are at present to
bring all these over on a jaunt of Pleasure _ to Va [Virginia?] so that
untill [until?] I see a more pressing occasion than there is at present you
must be content with hearing about them and [mo?]
we all enjoy good health thank Providence my Father Mother
and Sisters are all well - I am now in my Grandfathers
place for whom I was called Arthur and carry on the Grocery
business together with Glass & Earthenware and cannot
complain of my share of trade.
I am a temperate man these several years is that Society
making much progress with you. You seem to think
that my Principles are "high long" you never were
more mistaken, what led you to think so was I
suppose a feeling of kindness for my own Country
when I was abroad, and in endeavouring to justify all
the actions of its rulers before foreigners - this was
still my plan but in heart I was still a liberal
as much so as any republican of you all
If I had room and time I might endeavour to give
you some idea of the state of parties in this country
every man at all acquainted with politics is either a
high tory or a liberal - but I shall spare you the [?]
tell me next would papers go free to you and if so I will
send you one now and then - when you will perceive the
exited state we are in - but we have no such fears as
to the result as you imagine we expect all to go on