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Title: Fife, William to Fife, Fathy, 1865
CollectionOceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
SenderFife, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsmall farmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDrumcullion, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
DestinationSydney, Australia
RecipientFife, Fathy
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count1115
Genrenews, farming, emigration
TranscriptDrumcullion December 10th. 1865
My Dear Fathy
I am sure you are Becomeing uneasy By this time By not getting a
letter long ere now. I lost no time in Doing every thing in my power. The
were long of Getting the Captains Letter. The left Enniskillen 20th of Novr and the were in Birkenhead the next Day all safe. I hope I will never witness
such a parting as that was every one Bewailing their own. I thought I would
be case har[de]ned to such scenes But no, that Farewel Brought to mind
all the Former ones with me. Thomas Heaslip is with Eliza and James and
two of the Croziers of Ballinamallard and many others From Below Irvinestown.
One of them it is Margaret Robinson Elizas Comrade. The Name
of the Ship is the Africana.
I had two letters From Eliza. She says the ship is a very uncomfortable
place a hard Bed and the tea not very sweet. She says she would prefer the
old porridge and plenty of Good milk and the open Fields to walk in to
any thing she has seen in the Africana as yet. I hope she will Bear up and
Be resigned to her situation for a time. The Sailed about the 1st Day of
December according to the last account I had. It is a Dreary time to Go
out if it Could be otherwise. I think you need not Expect them in Sydney
Sooner than the First of March that would Be Ninety Days Sailing. You
and Nixon went in Eighty Nine Days, and John and George was Ninety
Eight Days Sailing.
In order to relieve your anxious mind I would have wrote By the last
mail But I was wishful to see them set out First as I Know you will [be]
uneasy about their Ditainment so long. I have sent you the Hymn Book. I
hope it will please you when you see it. I sent to the Wesleyan Conference
Office London for it By one of our preachers. It is the Best print and the
Best Bound Hymn Book I have Seen, it was only Five Shillings price. I have
sent you the Trillick Tragedy. The map will show you the place on the
Line where the two Engines was thrown of the rails. Let Mr Gibson read
the Book if he is one of the right sort of Protestants. And also My likeness
it is not as well Done as yours, it shows my care worn thoughtfull Looking
appearance. Wm Ball sends a Bundle of Newspapers. Give Mr Henry Ball
some of them and my best respects to him also. I hear that Nixon and him
are on the railroad.
We are all well at present thank God For all his mercies. I suffer a
little From Cramps in my legs, yet I am highly Favoured of the Lord.
My Dear Fathy I have Given Eliza the Best advice I could to take
care of her self on voyage and to Keep her mind to her self. We have made
her as Comfortable as was in our power to go out in the Dead of the year.
I told her if she would live to see you to be advised by you and to take
your advice. As the Boys Did not Give themselves much trouble about
taking her out the will not have much Interest in Welfare if she was there.

Elisas manner is a little coarse I must acknowledge. Nevertheless she
never shamed her Father more than any of the rest of yous thank God. My
Dear Fathy it is not Every Father in this Country can say so of his Children.
I have seen Twelve Sons and Five Daughters. Wm. Ball has often said to
me that my Children never shamed me and I hope the will never do any thing that will shame themselves. Many a Solemn prayer I have offered to
God in their Behalf. To present God has heard and answered my request
and I trust ever will.
My Dear Fathy, its no small Consolation to me to hear By Mrs Newman
in writing to Susan Kenan of your Good Conduct since you went to
that Country, and of how well you are thought of By your present Master
and his Family. If we Dont have S[e]lf respect for ourselves the World will
not respects us. You have Done your Duty to Eliza. God will reward you
I trust and your Kindness to me. Eliza said she would he advised by you.
I Bilieve it was my last words to her and to meet me in Heaven.
She seemed to be satisfied with what I had Done for her. I sold the
Horse before she went away and I gave her the price of him sowed up in
her stays. It was not much I Got for him only three pounds it was all the
remedy I had. I hope she will be able to Get From Syney to Goaburn herself
as I gave her ten Shillings to Keep her pocket after paying her fare From
Enniskillen to Liverpool. I hope you will write By the First Mail after Eliza
Gets to you as I will be waiting with Joyful Expectation.
Let me know how George is and how he is Doing. Many an anxios
thought he Cost me and many a Silent tear althoug he may not often think
[of] me. Be that as it may I cannot Forget him nor any of yous. Tell the
Boys I think the might write oftener than the Do. It would not cost them
nuch and, according the course of Nature the will not have long to write
to me. I am now three Score and three years old and by and By some
Friend or Neighbour will write to them their Father is no more.
I hope Nixon will be take Care of himself on the railroad as Dangerous
employment. There was Eight men kiled on the Irvinestown Line while
it was Making. I hope the Lord will preserve him. There was two Men
kiled of the Engine May last at Drumgay Bridge. It was a Luggage train
the Driver and the Fireman and two or three Bullocks. The train ran off
the Line and ran against the Bank and turned up side Down. I never saw
such a site. She Bent the rails like a scollop.
You will Excuse this Scribble as I Done it with a Candle in the place
you were once Familiar with the inside of the Jam[b] wall on the Little Seat young Johston made. Your affectonate Father
Wm Fife