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Title: William Drennan, Edinburgh, to Mrs McTier, Belfast, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDrennan, William/56
SenderDrennan, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationdoctor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginEdinburgh, Scotland
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientMcTier, Matty
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT.765/1/26: Obtained From Mrs Duffin, Summerhill, Mount Pleasant, Belfast, Ireland. #TYPE LET The Drennan Letters 1776 - 1819. Extract of Letter from William Drennan, Edinburgh, 1 March. To Mrs McTier, North Street, Belfast, Ireland.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9002038
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
Log22:02:1990 GC created 05:07:1991 OT input 31:07:19
Word Count366
TranscriptAs to what you have said on America, it is ----mation.
I shall not say much abt.[about?] it at present --- answer with the
celebrated Parrot, I think the more. I must indeed acknowledge that
my mind has a strange and perhaps unnatural propensity to consider the
past rather than the future. I sit as it were with my back to the
Horses, and fasten my Eyes on the country already travelled thro'
[through?], ignorant of and inattentive to that which is to come -
when it comes, if it be agreeable, its being unexpected will make it
doubly so, and if it be barren, he who expecteth nothing cannot be
disappointed. America is indeed the promised Land I would wish to
view before I dyed [died?]; and tho' [though?] perhaps one pitying
patriotic glance cast back on Great Britain as it is called might have
the effect if not of wholly changing me to a Salt Pillar (tho'
[though?] what better Metamorphosis for a Man of Taste) at least of
drawing from me some Salt Tears, which I suppose was all that happened
to Poor Mrs. Lot, grieved to the heart no doubt, that she had left her
Monkey or her Lover to perish in the Flames. You remember Scot. He
has passed his first examination, and as our Patients say he had an
easy Passage. This is the first judgment - but there are many other
judgments before the seal is set...
No doubt you will be surprized [surprised?] at the
Parliamentary news. I can consider Norths bills in no other light
than as proceeding either from Malice of Cowardice either with a view
of disuniting to the Colonies or from a Fear that a treaty is already
entered into between them and France. I fear a General War. We
spent a pleasant Evening on the Fast Day which the Scotch spent in
humiliation and Prayer. We made every Science which we knew of
Produce a Toast applicable to Politics and many of them were
excellent. We concluded with unanimously wishing that all the Tyrants
in Europe had but one neck, that Neck laid on the Block and one of us
appointed executioner ....