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Title: James Collins, Peterborough to Elizabeth, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCollins, James/23
SenderCollins, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOntario, Canada
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2487/1/54: Copied by Permission of E. H. McIlwaine Esq., Farnham Road, Bangor, Co Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007039
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 07:02:1994
Word Count467
TranscriptPeterboro [Peterborough?] Canada West

Augst 1st 1864

My Dear Elizabeth
I have just received
yours, and am glad you are getting
on so well with the farming; but
you appear to be rather late in cutting
your turf; I always commenced with
mine about the first of May.
You were wrong in telling Harvey
to send me £10 which sum would
not take me to the sea; let alone
taking me to Ireland. It is a
thousand miles from this to the sea
and more too. I hope Harvey wont
mind what you told him, I wrote
to him some time ago and hope
he will follow the directions given
him then. I am glad Mama is at
last arrived and living in Belfast.
The weather here has been very
hot and sultry till [until?] last night
when we had a thunderstorm and
a great deal of rain every thing [everything?]
was parched up and burned; the
leaves on the trees are actually dried
up and withered. I was up the
lakes and caught some fish, the
woods were on fire in a good many
places, it is actually frightful to
see how the [they?] blaze. It is grand to
see the fire at night the red glare
on the sky and the shadow of the
burning woods reflected on the lake
I am sorry the seed I sent Agnes
was distroyed [destroyed?] by the rabbits as
the fruit of them would have been
splendid I will try and bring
some more with me. I suppose
I wont know Falmore when I return
Logan hasnt made much improvement.
It was a good thing about Jimmy
Doherty and Carney sitting up all
night and serve him right to [too?] for
letting him in there, when I forbid
him "knowing the sort of him," as Mary
Burns says. Dick is a terrible fellow
to bring his sisters before a Court for

a trifling sum and exposing his own
character into the bargain he must
be a fool for himself. What are
the girls doing now, I suppose Agnes
has the flower garden in great style
I hear some of them were in Belfast
with my mother for a while. How is
Isabel and Sabina getting on with
their lessons in the Greek ancients
Lycurgus & Pisistratus and all those
old fellows. I had a letter from my
mother and answered it. I must hurry
for the post as I have to go to town with
this. I am going up the Lakes again as
the flies are nearly all gone now therefore
it will be very pleasant. I have engaged
to meet a party at Stony Lake so I will
be away for a fortnight I would like to
leave this in august so as to avoid the Equinoxial [Equinoctial?]
Gales. Adieu And love to all James