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Title: Stewart, Frances to Edgeworth, Honora, 1822
CollectionRevisiting Our Forest Home, The immigrant letters of Frances Stewart [J. L. Aoki]
SenderStewart, Frances
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAllenstown, Co. Meath, Ireland
DestinationEdgeworthstown, Ireland
RecipientEdgeworth, Honora
Recipient Genderfemale
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Transcript1822: April 269
To Honora Edgeworth, Edgeworthstown, Ireland

26 April 1822

My very dear Honora

We are now emerged in to the bustle of preparations for our departure
which probably will take place about the middle of May. And you may
suppose that all our ideas are in requisition to know what will be the
most necessary provisions as to food & clothing for so large a party &
during so long a passage, for I may call our progress up the river & Lake
Ontario a part of our voyage or passage. We have 19 individuals belonging
to our own party besides a family of six who are going along with us.
This is the family of a sort of groom & labourer who has lived with Mr.
Reid for above twenty years & who has actually saved enough of money
within the last two years to enable him now to accompany his dear Master
without being one Shilling expense to us. His wife was housemaid here
& they have 4 fine little children. He says he could not live here after his master had left this place. Our party consists of 4 parents 12 children
& 3 servants, one a young man & two girls, for women servants, grown
up, are very useless & unprofitable in America as they require immense
wages & do little or no work....
And now my dear Honora I must beg you will give my most affectionate
love to all my dear friends, at home & abroad, if they care for me,
& ever believe me
your affect' friend
F. Stewart.