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Title: Seymour, William to Seymour, Edward, 1879
CollectionNew Brunswick Letters
SenderSeymour, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpoliceman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBallinlough, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
DestinationSt. John, N.Brunswick, Canada
RecipientSeymour, Edward
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count553
Genreintroduces himself, emigration, adversity in Ireland, family, religious commentary
TranscriptR.I. Constabulary
20th Novr 1879

My Dear Uncle

I dare say you will be rather surprised to receive a letter from one whom you
have never seen nor I dare say never heard of but I hope you will excuse my presumption in
writing to you. I am second son of your Brother John and therefore your Nephew The reason of
my writing to you is that as I am rather discontented in my present position which is a pretty
good one in its own way. I mean the R.I Constabulary. A Force which I have served in for the
past 6 years I left home when only 18 years of age, and notwithstanding all the hardships I have
gone through since I got one pretty well thank God. The fact is dear Uncle that I have taken it
into my head to go to some distant country for the purpose, if possible, of bettering my
fortune, and therefore came to the conclusion that you would be able from your long experince
of the world to favor me with a bit of advice in that respect. doubt not dear Uncle but I would
be able to get on pretty well in America you Know its an old saying that the Horse that never
Started never won. The state of this country is at present very bad and in fact I think we will
soon have an open Rebellion however it is not my intention at present to dwell on those Topics,
perhaps hereafter I might be able to give you a more lengthened account, I dare say dear Uncle
you are more anxious to learn something about the dear Friends at home than anything else I
could fill up this letter with but the only way I can enlighten you in that respect is that they are
all well thank God, I did not see one of my Relatives for the past 4 years & cannot therefore
enter any farther into the details of home, and now dear Uncle there is only one subject more
on which I wish to say a few words, it’s a subject above all others which should be ever
uppermost in our minds, namely the Loving Kindness of our Heavenly Father in preserving us all
in health & strength to do our duty in this state of life into which it has pleased Him to call us
Oh, dear Uncle how thankful we all should be to Him who is the giver of all goodness especially
for bestowing upon us one of His choisest gifts that of health. It makes me very happy dear
Uncle to know, that although we are in a certain sense poor, yet are we made rich in the
abundance of his love towards us. I must now say farewell hoping to hear from you ere long &
may Him who is the giver of all goodness bless you and all yours is the sincere prayer of one
whom you never saw but nevertheless your affectionate Nephew.

William Seymour
To Mr Edward Seymour
P.S. Dear Uncle I will feel for ever thankful for a few lines of advice from you relative to the
object I have in view – W.S.
Wm Seymour
R. I. Constabulary
Co Roscommon
Excuse My Scribbling