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Title: Distressed Cotton Weavers to A. T. Stewart, Esq.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
SenderPassengers of the Mary Edson
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcotton weavers
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
RecipientStewart, Alexander T.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceThe Belfast Newsletter, Saturday, 19 September, 1863
ArchiveThe Central Library, Belfast
Doc. No.800168
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 10:08:00.
Word Count434
We take the following address to A. T. Stewart, Esq.,
from the New York Herald, of the 3rd inst.:-

"New York, August 31, 1863.

"To Alex T. Stewart, Esq.

" Honored Sir, We, the passengers of the ship Mary
Edson, take this pleasing opportunity of expressing to
you our most profound gratitude and respect, and now
beg to offer you our warmest and most heartful thanks
for the munificent act of your bounteous and noble
generosity. In freighting, at your sole expense, the
aforesaid ship with a full cargo of provisions and
breadstuffs for the distressed cotton operatives of
Lisburn, and in gratuitously conveying the unemployed
operatives of Lisburn and Belfast to the friendly
shores of America, we behold in you, Sir, the author
of this most unparalleled act of Christian benevolence,
a gentleman worthy of the highest praise and commendation,
whose name will ever be remembered by us with the
liveliest feelings of gratitude and emotion. Society
and nations, to express their gratitude, have raised
monuments of stone to perpetuate the memory of their
great men; but you, honored and respected Sir, have
graven upon the hearts of the inhabitants of your
native town, and upon us, the recipients of your
bounty, a monumental tablet of gratitude that time or
distance can never efface. We feel, Sir, our complete
inability to express to you in words the feelings of
our hearts on this ever-memorable occasion. We are
proud this day of the high privilege we have of
calling you our countryman. When famine and distress
visited your native land, you, honored Sir, with the
philanthropy of a Howard, came forward, and out of
your rich abundance supplied the wants of the needy,
and have given unto us free passages to the land of
your adoption, where, by honest industry and exertion,
we hope to better our condition, and, if Providence
should bless our endeavours to build us a happy home
in the country of our choice, we will ever acknowledge
with unmingled feelings of grateful rememberance that
we owe all to the bountiful benevolence of your truly
noble generosity.
"Honored Sir, we beg of you to accept, through the
medium of this humble address (which is but a poor
expression of our feelings), our most sincere and
grateful thanks for this magnificent gift of your
generous bounty. We take this opportunity of returning
our sincere thanks to Captain Nickerson and his crew
for their marked civility and kindness shown to us,
nothing being wanting on their part to render our
voyage pleasant and agreeable. In conclusion, we
will most devoutly pray that God will abundantly bless
and reward you, and the honored partner of your joys,
with all spiritual and temporal blessings, both in this
life and that which is to come.
" Signed on behalf of the passengers,