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Title: O'Sullivan, John to O'Sullivan, Denis, 1845
CollectionNew Brunswick Letters
SenderO'Sullivan, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationtradesman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCork, Ireland
DestinationSt. John, N.Brunswick, Canada
RecipientO'Sullivan, Denis
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count968
Genrecorrespondence, newspapers, family visit, wedding, friends and acquaintances
TranscriptCork, Feby 23rd 1845

My Dr and ever loving Brother Denis. I embrace this opportunity of writing these few lines to
you hoping to find you in Good health. Both your wife & children thank God in the same
health as it leaves me and family at present thanks be to the almighty for it. My Dr Denny it is time I should have answered your letters but believe me, it is forgetfulness more than
disrespect and not having any thing of any consequence to mention this length of time.
Knowing well you received the general topicks in the papers My Dr Brother I hope you receive the papers regular as I never omitted sending the [Nation] since I first sent it but one week which was last whitsuntide that I went to Bridgemount. Dan O’Sullivan & his wife were at me sfor a long time sending two to three letters a week for about three months to go to visit them. I could no longer refuse them with any properity and indeed the[y] received me most Hospitabelly. I never received warm harted frindship from any person in my life than from Mrs. D O’Sullivan. As for himself I did not notice so much, but he is a very hospitable man in his house but close otherwise. The moment I arrived there was a messenger dispatched of to the [Counsellor] to apprize him of my arrival when he imediatly came from Coole divani the first thing then [for] their horses sadeld and we rode about the lower Country and never stopped for three days riding and [ach]ing and out to [London] showing me the country as if I were a trophy he had won. My Dr Brother, Dan’s wife is a very beautiful woman. I did not see her before I went to Bridgemount. she is as Good otherwise as she is handsome. John is Got married to a Miss [Liad--]. She is a very fine woman but it is more a love matter than a Great fortune. It will be about one hundred a year in some time but a more deserving man never was born of receiving a Good fortune than you [Got]. It is [bad] job [for] me that he did not get it, for my oppinion is only cost or that I would not be short of a hundred pounds towards my business. My Uncle Denny is in with me two or three times week, & my Uncle William regularly calls in when he comes to town The[y] all seem to have Great anxiety for my welfare but however that is all the [loose] by it however it is well to have thire friendship. Mrs Foley comes mostly every day when she comes out and regularly kissing and shaking hands with the children she says that the are the only children in the family that are like the family of [Rial] O’Sullivans all seem to say that I am the image of my father & uncle Jerry as I am getting into years.
My Dr Denny, as for my circumstances as yet the are only convincing me to keep my head straight through the badness of times and especially since I began business. You know without capital but my own perseverance. Were it not for the credit that I am oblige to you I would Get a hed Gallantly however I am Getting into a good trade thank God. And in course of time if God spares my health will surmount all my difficulties as I am counted an excellent fitter and a Good tradesman. However there is Great poverty in this country and trade in general is very bad and wages [miserable] but we expect things will mend shortly. Indeed we may have [...] at if the union [passes] but bad Government will for ever [...] this country a mere [Kitchin] Garden. Your friend Richd [Don...] is Got married to a young woman from Kinsale and got [£ sent]. Mrs. Quin desires also to be remembered to you Danl Burns desires me if I wrote to you to inquire if you see his daughter and to mention so to me in your next. Likewise Owen [Mark] that is living with Dan to inquire if ever you see his brothers and if you do to mention so to me in your next. Old [Mrs O’L] lives with [son] at Coole devani. It is a very handsome place now. It is well planted but at present in its infancy my Dr Denny I could not get the paper I omitted sending last whitsunside when I came home for love or money to send you I should like you to send me some your papers to give us an idea of the tyrany of your colonial legislature. There was a man called here to me last year from your colony of the name of [Evanson] he said he was from a near Bantry of the family of that name to the west of Bantry. he had a pamphlet [selling] which he published on Imigration to St. Johns, NB. I inquire of him if he knew you or W. [Burnite]. he did not know you but he [did] W. [Burnite] he said he Gave him a black coat and trim he had a tail to his name of Esq., J.P. or Justice of Peace in you next send my amount of trade and [....] My wife, Betsy, Mary Ann Ellen Amy & Margaret sends their kind love to uncle aunt & young Cosins hopping the almighty’s Blessings will rest on you and them.
Believing me your affectionate Brother until Death.

John O’Sullivan

Addressed to:
Mr. Denis O’Sullivan
York Point Mill Street
St. Johns, New Brunswick.
Postmarked Cork, FE 23, 1845 - received MA 19, 1845