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Title: Ellen Dunlop, Ontario, to Rev. George Kirkpatrick, Co.Antrim.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDunlop, Ellen/14
SenderDunlop, Ellen
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRev. George Kirkpatrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1424/11B/1/3: Purchased from John A. Gamble, 44 Taunton Ave., Belfast 15. #TYPE EMG Letter from Ellen Dunlop at Peterborough, Ontario, Canada to Rev. George Kirkpatrick, Craigs Rectory, Co.Antrim, 21st May, 1879.
ArchivePublic Record Office N.Ireland.
Doc. No.9003056
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log28:03:1990 GMC created 24:09:1990 CD input 25:09:1
Word Count1127
TranscriptRevd George Kirkp[atrick?]
Co Antrim
May 21 1879

My dear Uncle George
I have from time to time
planned to sit long enough to
write to you, particularly after
a nice visit I had from
John Noble. I was prevented
again, but this morning
I will commence & finish
- The unexpected news of dear
Charles death sent another pang
into our hearts Oh so different
from one some months ago, a
pang never to be got over - As I
can now contemplate dear Charles
life, I can only say he has been
moved into Higher Service from the
Master he loved - What comfort we
have when mourning to feel
sure of the Eternity to those dear to
us who have honoured God in their
lives - dear Charlotte I feel for her
he was the head & manager of
all, from the description Marianne
Beaufort gives me - they all appear
nice useful girls Harriet particularly
nearly 18 years of age - They have
been well brought up - they are
very well off - a blessing, - such a
large young family, not the situation
some near & dear have been left
in our midst - Marianne Beaufort
has written twice to me most
interesting letters - filling my heart
with gratitude for the truly happy state
of mind dear Charles was in - she
feels all so much - his kindness to
her & [?] he was so tender and
thoughtful in little acts necessary
for the help of a gentleman, dear
Anna felt this very much as she
has presentiments so often of hearing
bad news - I try to get her not
to fear & dread news coming, but
I think she has got into this state
of mind since she heard so
suddenly of the poor son James
death - I am happy to say Anna
has had better helath this Winter
than usual & is able for her [?]ing
now - her little flock of grandchildren
are growing & increasing - such
very nice looking gentlemen
like little things to [too?] - Bessie has
a troubled expression not usual
to her poor dear - falling into
the hands of one she trusted,
respected has caused a reserved
manner many remark bearing
silently is the explanation -
Our darling Kate cannot loose
her sweet smile ever - her natural
expression some one said to
me, I cannot fancy Kate in
tears; - yet her pillow nightly is
wet with tears - travel by a weary
look over her every morning
her character comes out for the
admiration of all, determined
to help themselves, nothing is
left unturned, but the height to
one so young will never t[urn?]
come. I cannot speak of that
[?] with any patience
his cuts were so deep - carried
on for a longer time I fear than
we can trace, able to bear the
sting of consicence [conscience?], only confessing
when out of danger of the law -
It is one reason I could not write
dear Uncle to many - I felt [?]
down such a turmoil was brought
on my husband - the Bank notes
f[?]d - the post money left to Charles
& Robert to look after by my dear
Mother Louisa & her family
b[?]ed by the terrible acts of one
so trusted, Charles was bewildered, I
was afraid he was made quite
ill for some time - but he put all
into James Demistouns hands
to manage, I was much with
Kate & her sick family - so dear
Uncle you will know how
my time & thoughts were
taken up - We have been
called to sympathise [sympathize?] in
two extremes - What sin does,
& thanks be to God what the
Work of His Spirit in the
heart - now sootheing [soothing?] to dwell
on the last
I heard a knock at the door one
afternoon when I opened it
a stranger to me shook hands -
I said "you have the advantage
of me", Oh come in he said, I
saw at once John Noble - he then
gave me a hearty kiss. I was
very glad to see him, he shows
his years a little but quite
retains his cheerful happy
expression, we had much
to talk about - he is very proud of his
4 sons & intended going to Manitoba
& purchase property on speculation -
since I seen him I heard
that one of his brothers is dangerously
ill he has not been home for
19 years he says
I wish I knew a great deal about
all at Hazelbank. I hope dear
Geraldine is well recovered by
this time & has the blessing of
a healthy baby - that she may
be long spared to George the little
ones & to your own comfort
- How are the Rectory family
how much I would like to get
a mothers description of the
little one from Alicia - I never
hear from any one; some
times feel, & it is natural so
far away as we are & scarcely
known, interest cannot be
kept up - when I hear I am
expected to let all sister &
brothers know - Henry is so far
away now, it takes more than
a fortnight to get an answer
to a letter; from Winnipeg
to Woodlands his Post Office, they have
only a weekly mail - they are in
great delight with their B[?]
home - the beauty of the mass
of flowers of all colours & shades
seems ext[?] ing - Flora is to press
a quantity for me, - dear child
I miss her so much after her own
Mammas death she lived with me
till Henry married again &
one year before they left she was
[?] again at the interesting
age of 15. I cannot expect to
see them again - With many
the meeting sooner takes place
in another world -
Robert Strickland left this for
England last week Mrs S [Strickland?] is
Charlottes sister, his eldest daughter
Charlotte went to be married
to the Revd [Reverend?] Mr Taylor as soon as
he is ordained it will be a
great comfort to dear Charlotte
having Mrs Strickland
with her dear Charles looked
forward to their return with
such pleasure what a blank
they will feel my heart fills
up many a time I fear you will think this
gloomy letter very tiresome
dear uncle, I do not feel
gloomy I have too many
mercies to let that come - there
is a sadness these months back
which bring such sin before our
Charles & Mary would join
in kind messages to you
& each member of Hazelbank.
With much love to all from
your affect [affectionate?] niece
Ellen S Dunlop