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Title: Seymour, William to Seymour, Lydia, 1899
CollectionNew Brunswick Letters
SenderSeymour, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpoliceman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBelfast, N. Ireland
DestinationSt. John, N.Brunswick, Canada
RecipientSeymour, Lydia
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count528
Genrefamily, getting info on a fortune
TranscriptR.I. Constabulary

My Dear Cousin

I got your kind and welcome letter a few days ago, and need I say how very glad I am to
hear from you and to learn that you & all dear friends in St. John are quite well. You will I am
sure, be glad to learn that myself and my dear old woman and children (4 of whom are living)
are quite well thank God. Our oldest boy John is 16½ years and is still going to school He has
won a lot of prizes and is pretty smart but I don’t know yet what he is going to be. Then, we
have Edith who is 9 years old, going to school also & is promising to be a good scholar. She is
learning to play the Piano nicely. Our two youngest Kathleen & Willie did not begin to go to
school yet. I suppose dear Cousin you have got a family, but you did not mention scarcely
anything about yourself or Cousin James, or your dear Mother in your letters. I should be very
glad to hear of you all when you write again! Well now about that long talked of old fortune. I
really don’t know what to say, for you know I done everything that I possibly could do about it
long ago, and sent your dear father (Uncle Edward) a book and all the information I could at
that time gather. As regards the inquiry made by my sisters I know nothing: but I fancy it was
not of much importance or I would have heard about it. Indeed dear Cousin to tell you the
truth, my own opinion is that the report is only all moonshine, for I never got any sound
information as to the name of the man who was supposed to have left this money; nor to
whom it was really left, and until positive information is got on that point its only throwing
away money to be looking after it. If I was quite sure of the man’s name who is rumoured to
have left this money – about the time when it was left, & to whom I might then be able to trace
it. You know the Court of Chancery was tried but there was no trace of a fortune there being
left to the heir of Edward Seymour. I suppose you have heard from Cousin Tom ere this, he
knows more about the matter than I do, and of course he will tell you all he can. I have not
been to Cork this long time therefore I can’t tell you much about the Friends there more than
that my dear Father – your Uncle, Aunt Susan, are still alive & well, also Cousin Tom’s Mother –
Aunt Eliza, but both Aunts are very old & feeble I now conclude joined in love by all my dear
ones to yourself and your dear Husband, Cousin James & his wife and Aunt Susan. Hoping you
all are quite well; and hoping to have a long letter from you very soon
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I am your affect. Cousin

Wm Seymour