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Title: Scott, Isabella to Wyly, Matilda, 1877
CollectionOceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
SenderScott, Isabella
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationshop assistant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginVictoria, Australia
DestinationNewry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
RecipientWyly, Matilda
Recipient Genderfemale
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Grey Street
St Kilda
October 1st 1877
My very very dear Sister
I cannot tell you how delighted I was to get your very welcom letter.
I must say I had long thought I was forgotton by all whom I loved in the
dear old country, that is as far as letter writing. But dear old Uncle John
Gratten sends me a Dublin Paper every month for which I am so thankful
for Fanny used to write to me but I have not had a line now for 9 years
Just fancy that. I often wondered the cause of such silence between us and
as for your dear self and Edward & Susan I could not think what had
become of you all. I often and often thought of you and longed to hear of
you all. Had I known where to write I would not have kept silence so long
And now dear Matilda as the ice is broken I hope and trust we shall
corspound [correspond] regularity. I promise you I will, and if any thing
should prevent you doing so Susan or Edward could write. I did so feast
of dear Edwards letters, the were such a treat. I do hope I shall have them
to feast on once more. Poor fellow what changes he has passed through
since then, and me not to hear one word of it. I was so delighted to hear
he was again a happy man and had got such a good wife and one of your
choise so thoughtful for you.
What a woman of buisness you are. You would not be happy out of
it and I must say I am thankful I you have your health and strength to work
to be independent if it is ever so little. Time will pass much more plesently
to have your time occupied, if not too laborious. It would not do to be
that in your time of life. It should be all pleasure for you. I beleave I should
be like you myself. I am so fond of buisness that is drapery.
I was deeply greeved to hear dear Susan was not strong. I thought
she would have had a large family by this time but poor Girl as she is not
strong she has as many as she aught to have for it requires strength of body
as well as mind to bring up a large family. The Great Being knows all
things and will not put any thing more upon his Creatures than the can
bear [?]. I trust she may be spared a long life to those little ones that are
Given her. I sometimes look at their little faces and think how changed the
are by this time.
Now I must tell you a little of ourselvs which I know you are anxious
to hear. I wrote and told you all of our change to Melbourne. 6 year next
Aprill William left the drapery buisness and went into the Grocery. He
spent nineteen yearfs] in the drapery in South Australia the place I still call
home. I shall always love it having spent 24 years in it and left so many
dear dear friends behind. I have been over and spent eight happy weeks
among my dear old friends. I think if I spent twelve month I would not
want for a home. The time was only to[o] short that I had to stay but my
little family call me home.
I took my Baby that was then seven month old with me and my eldest
Girl that is now sixteen years old. She is quite companionable now. She is
taller than her Mother. She has been to School until I the last half year We
have her now finishing with a Good [?] Master. She is very studus [studious]
and fond of teaching so we wish to finish her well and if she should ever
have to get her living teaching will be her wish. She is very clever [?] so I
have very little help from her untill her Studies are ended.
Now that is saying a little of my eldeldest [eldest] of nine six Girls
and 3 Boys. What do you say to that. Our second is only 14 months
yo[u]nger as tall as her sister but not studus. She is clever [?] at Music, but
one of my best helps. She can work and help if she was home from school.
I do not like to take her from school just yet. Her name is Fanny Elizabeth
and the eldest is Alice Jane. Now the third is as big in her way as the two
older Girls. She is fond of school and thinks she would like buisness. However
time will tell what the will all be fit for. Nex[t] is a Boy William John11 years.
I did not tell you the third Girls name is Emma Mary. Did I send
their likeness to you. I did I am sure but had no reply. The nex Girl is
Edith Steel a bright Girl of nine years. Then come [?] two fine bright Boys
Robert George and Arthur McKirdy Scott. Now that is the number going
School. And the next two [?] are little Girls one Adelaide Maud three & a
Half [?] and Florence Isabel the flower of the flock. Now Alice will teach
them when she is finished. The yongist is just two years.
Now I am sure you will say with all your heart, A charge to keep I
have. I am very thankfull for the number that providence has given me. I
trust we may be spared to bring them up in the good way to be a blessing
to world and to ourselfs. We ar endeavouring to do so with the help of
Him who never yet refused those who sought his help. You know we need
all the strength of mind and Grace daily to do our duty in a large little
family like ours. We have much to be thankfull for such a family you would
[?not] see any[?] where.
And now a little about buisness. I do not like the Grocery as well as
the drapery alth[ough] I nevr go into the shop. We live on the buisness
premises. I would like that part very well but we now find our house is
to[o] small, so our staying here is unsertain. However you direct your letter
just the same untill you hear of a change. I like the buisness for Willi[a]m.
He has got his health better since we came here. It is not such a close
buisness. I would like the drapery for the sake of our Girls but that is a
second[ary] consideration. We have no cause to regret our leaving Adelaide
for we got a Good buisness and it was a change for Willi[a]m which did
him Good in every way.
Our expenesses are very heavy which you know must be to bring up
such a family and keep the position we should like for the sake of the
family. I will Give you an idea. We have four men to trade [?] pay them
good wages one £3 per week the next £2, then 25/- then 10/-. Servant Girl
£36 p. year nurse Girl 5/-. I have paid 9/- per week to a nurse Girl but I
have no Baby to nurse now so I can be a little independant what I never
could before. I hire to wash pay a woman 4/- p. day and you will fancy
what our house keeping would be with such a family. We keep three horses
one cow but [?] gives enough Milk for our use. You will say it would require
a good buisness to keep up such an establishment and buisness is not so
good as it was. Melbourne is over done. We all have to work. I have my
share what with sewing for my six Girls and all the rest my hands is quite full
Now I think I must say no more about ourselv[e]s until I next time
and tell you a little of our Adelaider friends or reletives rather. Deer old
Uncle Alaxander is still liveing but feeble. He holds his situation in the
Govermt yet. I think he will till the end. His eldest daughter Fanny he
heard [?] of been married to a Iyer [lawyer]. She lost her husband about
two yeers ago. He was drowned on his way from the Northern territory.
He went on some law case and on his return was rect [wrecked] with all
the Crew Judge also. He left her with five little ones. The Goverment gave
her £1500 but what was that [?against] his loss. She keeps a School and
doin it very well. Her Sister is teaching Music and drawing [?] not married
yet. Her Brother William is married and has two Boys. He lost his last.
Alexan is also married and has as nice a little wife as you would wish to
see and two dear little Girls. She writes me such affectionate letters. John
the other Brother is up the country I do not know what doing. Rulh Shadgett
is still in the same place five Girls and two Boys. I seldom hear from
her. Now I think I have told you all.
Have you heard if Aunt Lucy is still alive. Do please Give my dear
love to Fanny & Tom Grath also dear old Uncle & Aunt. Tell them to
write if only a few living occasionally to let me know and thank Uncle for
the Paper William reading them.
I wish I could see you all. There be a great number of newery [Newry]
people over here. There are more Irish in Melbourn than Adelaide.
Now dear I must close this and will give you another as long by return of
your next. I promise you fathefully yours will always be answered by return
of mail. If you only new how I long to hear from you all if alive or ded
you would not forget poor me. I sometimes wish you were all out here.
You perhaps would do better but that is to be proud. I must now say good
by and untill I know if you have recvd this I will be anxious. William unites
with me in fond love to Edward & Susan [?] Uncle when you see him and
a very large part for your dear self from your loveing Sister