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Title: O'Eagan, Michael to Gibbs, Valentine, 1840
CollectionNew Brunswick Letters
SenderO'Eagan, Michael
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNelson, N.Brunswick, Canada
DestinationMiramichi, N.Brunswick, Canada
RecipientGibbs, Valentine
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
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Word Count397
Genrelectures him on improving his behaviour
TranscriptMr Valne Gibs
Nelson, April the 7th 1840

My Dear Valne

I am gladly informed that you are safe at home with your Molly Bane. I need not say I
suppose that it would give the Revd Richd [less] and your huml Servt the most pleasing
satisfaction to hear at all times of your welfare and that of your worthy family, to whom I beg you present my cordial affections. I can assure you, Dear Val, it would be a source of grief and pain to me to hear at any time of harsh treatment to any of My Countrymen Coming from what source it may, but more especially from a brother [Chifs] to you. It is almost time I should know you, but though I know you are not a Saint, no more than I am, I firmly believe there are worst that you Under those trying circumstances in which I find you are placed, I beg of you to make a virtue Containing much merit of the opportunity now offered you at this holy time and receive as your reward one of the “Eight Beatitudes” which your Patient and Suffering Redeemer Promised to the performer. I need not impress on you the necessity of implicite obediance to the Mandates of your Pastor as I know you. If his injunctions are not seasoned with charity and the universal good, (which I hope they are) worst for himself, and no doubt but the patient suffers at the same time is securing mighty good things for himself. I do not hereby intend to direct you as you are in the hands of a more worthy Man. Take Care of the Fr-e-n-c-h.
Be aith huist, Ma Bochal,
Cead Mille Slane Lath
A Valentine buctto
Michael O Eagane [Sogasth]

Note: For a possible explanation of the remark “Take Care of the Fr-e-n-c-h.”
See: PANB MC1856/431 Revue – Societe Historique Nicholas Denys. Vol. 111 No.4 1975 – Les
Eglises d’Inkerman.
The Catholic Church built in 1799 was by 1840 to small to meet the needs of the parishoners
both Irish and Acadian. The Irish were settled in Upper Pokemouche and the Acadians in Lower Pokemouche with the Church being situated halfway in Inkerman. The debate over the location of the new Church was to divide the community with the Irish wanting it closer to their locale and the Acadians closer to theirs.