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Title: Adam Duffin, Halifax, to Wife Ellen, Broughshane, Co Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDuffin, Adam/35
SenderDuffin, Adam
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman, linen trader
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
DestinationBroughshane, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientDuffin, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 710/6 pp 11 - 12: Obtained from C & R Duffin, Per Senator Cunningham, 9 Waring St., Belfast. Adam Duffin, Halifax 3 August, 1814 to Mrs Adam Duffin, Broughshane, Ballymena, Ireland.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.8905060
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log28:06:1989 LT created 08:11:1990 CD input 15:11:19
Word Count697
TranscriptADDRESS: Mrs Adam Duffin

Halifax 3d August 1814

I avail myself of the earliest opportunity of writing to
my dear Ellen to relieve in some degree Her anxiety, by
learning of my safe arrival here after a passage of seven
weeks. I have enjoyed in general very good health, and
escaped all accidents and dangers, for which I have great
reason to be thankful to providence for such merciful
blessing and protection. But to my very great disappointment
and mortification, I find that the destructive
rage of war continues with increased fury on both sides,
and no hope of its speedy termination. Thus the object
of my Voyage is so far frustrated, and my eager hopes
blasted; but on sober reflection I receive some consolation
in thinking, that calamities and disappoinments
are frequently sent across for our ultimate good, and
in this view of things, I rest for the present. However
a short time I trust will bring about a Change in the
Counsels of both Nations, and cause the evils and miseries
of War to cease here as well as in Europe. News is
not to be expected from me, having had little time or
opportunity of learning much, besides, I think it quite
unnecessary, as all events and occurrences of moment you
have through the medium of public papers, which obviates
the necessity of making any detail in a private Epistle.
If the prospect of public affairs dont assume soon
a more conciliating and peaceable appearance, my intention
is fixed to return Home, and leave this sometime in
October, and trusting in that same protecting Arm which
guided me here in safety, I may hope to be with you some
time in Decr [December?]. I am still ignorant of our domestic
concerns, having only recd [received?] two Letters from you and one
from William before I left England, to neither of which
I had time to reply. I was much pleased at the favourable
mention you make of William's conduct, and which I have
no doubt continues the same, and will be invariable
until my return. Dear Ellen before I left home I
quite forgot to make Mr. Aickin any restitution for his
trouble in making out the Leases of Ballymena. You will
therefore tell William to take Chas. [Charles?] Montgomery and pay
His demand. I paid for the Stamps and filling of the
perpetuity, and He performed all other requisites. I
have no doubt of the many conjectures and constructions
which my departure will cause, but it matters little
with me provided my dear Ellen can be satisfied; and
must just say, that all my Actions and Motives are
directed to your and the Childrens happiness, be the result
for better or for worse. And were the spring of all my
Actions, as well as my most secret thoughts on this subject
exposed to public view, I would not fear a perfect
acquittal. But in this Case, conscience alone can be
my Arbiter; and to that tribunal I willingly consign
myself. Before I conclude I must request you to make
warm mention of me to all friends as writing to them
will be out of my power. Bell and Robert [Grimshaw?]
I trust continue as happy as when I left them. No doubt
you will immediately apprize my sister Johnston
of this Letter as Her anxiety concerning me will not be
least. Remember me to all your Brothers with Dunminning
[Birnie?] Family, likewise Mrs. Clark and your Aunt Betty.
Mrs. Duffin and her Sister I suppose are now comfortably
fixed in B.mena [Ballymena?], I hope the latter enjoys [better?]
health than when in Greenfield. The Lough Loughan [Family?]
I hope are doing well. I fondly wish this Letter
may [have?] a quick passage. It goes by a Gentleman for
England enclosed to Mr. Johnston, who, I have requested
to forward it by first Post. Before I finish, speak to
the little ones in language most intelligible to their
Infant understanding, and say how ardently their Father
longs to see and meet them and you in good health as I
at present enjoy; and in the fond hope of which I remain
Dear Ellen yours with all true unfeigned affection -

Adam Duffin.