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Title: Dalton, Eliza to Hogan, Johanna, 1854
CollectionOceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
SenderDalton, Eliza
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationprosperous farmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Tipperary, Ireland
DestinationNew South Wales, Australia
RecipientHogan, Johanna
Recipient Genderfemale
Relationshipformer employer-former servant
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Word Count721
Genrenews, economy
July the 22nd. 1854
My dear Johanna
I received your letter, which has conveyed a great deal of information
and rejoice to hear that you and your Brothers and Sister are so well and
happy. Your name Shall be always dear to me, for not forgetting to write
me tho in a distant land. Mr. Dalton is also indebted for the Newspapers
he so frequently gets and says it must be both troublesome and expensive.
All this does not in the least Surprise me as I always Could See Something
most Superior in you and each of your family. I am also delighted to hear
the Account you give of your Amiable Mrs. May God bless her tho, on
reflection I then Say to myself I grudge you to to another. No doubt you
must feel quite at home, Surrounded by So many of your neighbours who
are all I am sure equally willing to love and respect you.
Although this Country is much improved Strange to Say the remaining
few as discontented. In every Season they are facing the wild ocean
particularly to Austrilia. The name of the gold mines are So inducing the
are even leaving America for that part of the world.
How happy I am to hear that my neighbours Doctor Smithwick and Mr
Power are so comfortable of course tis only what they have a Strong
claim on. A few days ago I got a letter from my Son William Saying Mr William
Smithwick who lives in Buffalo is in a very delicate State of health.
When last he visited him there was no hope of his recovery. It appears the Severe
climate of America disagreeded with him as well as with many others.
Tis time for me to congratulate you on your Brother Edward getting
so worthy a Companion, and a young family, hoping to hear of an addition
to them, in your next letter. From what I know of him and heard of his
wife tis to be expected the Children of Such parents must be good.
I also Sincerely wish his Brother James will imitate his example. He
was a great favorite of mine as he was always Graceful And timid. He
cannot forget the many pleasant Hours my poor Children passed with him
Match Making for him and Bridget Fitzgerald more betoken. No young
Ladie could go through a greater course of Blushes. She is now married in
Hull to a Gentleman of the established Church but She continues a good
Catholic. About n months Since She paid us a visit in first rate Style. She
wore a Gold Watch and and well it became her.
My dear Johana I have been telling Marg Dwyer that I Suspect you
have a notion of imitating your Sister who Seems So happy in retiring from
the world otherwise you would not be reconciled So far from your fond
Brothers. When next you write to your dear Sister will you Say every thing
Affectionate for me and Margt Dwyer who is most anxious for your welfare.
She is my only campanion as Abbey House is now lonesome as deserted.
In a former letter I told you of my Son John being in America but
on hearing of his Brother Denis's illness he came home, badly received by
his Father. He is now on his way to Melbourn or Sydney. In confidence I
am telling you that this among the many other Severe trials I have to bear
has had a bad effect on me as I thought his Father Should forget the past
and receive him more kindly. Perhaps either you or your Brothers would
See him before I hear from you again. Need I tell them to be attentive and
give him every necessary information.
My Sisters are all well they were here lately and are indebted for your
kind inquiries. Poor Mrs. Murnane is very Comfortable with Mr Sadlier.
She comes to See me every Christmas. Her Son is on the way to Sydney
from thence to Bathurst to his Brother. I cannot conclude without again
desiring you to remember Margt Dwyer and me most Affectionately to your
Brothers and dear Sister and remain
Always Sincerely
Eliza Dalton

I Send under the Seal a triffling [words blotted: ?heart Solemnlie] Blessed