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Title: E. Dunlop Peterborough. to C. Kirkpatrick, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDunlop, Ellen/26 (1)
SenderDunlop, Ellen
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientKirkpatrick, Catherine
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1604/273: Presented by Rev. Robert Kirkpatrick, Breezemount, The Roddens, Larne, County Antrim.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N.I.
Doc. No.9401044
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 01:03:1994.
Word Count2653
                                Novr. 30 – 74

My dearest Aunt
     Your loving letter dated Nov [7th?]
lies before me - for which I give you
many many thanks -  Your home
news is so interesting, so like what I
remember - particularly dear Uncle
reading out to you all - he is such a
beautiful reader - & never wearies  I used
to think how your circle is enlarged
by a mother & children, Geraldine
sewing for the little ones, are the only
change - a good one as it has added
happiness to your household, as well as
cheerfulness - your picture came before
me nicely.  It is pleasant to feel
retirement when happiness is within
ourselves, this I often feel when wishing
for a change "would a new home
ever be happier," I say, - I only hope
I do not write too often dear Aunt, the
pleasure of hearing from you is so great
& your kindness asking me to do so
is my reason, as I fear I go over & over
again ourselves too often as really I have
little incident - I shall look out
for Hazelbank news on the new arrival
with great concern & anxiety  it is
a nice Newyears Gift to expect for
the good of the house, I wish I knew
"Gerry" I am sure I would love
her very much.  I have not so much
as a likeness of her which I hope George will
send me with his own some time
when all are well.  A large Pho' [Photo?] Album
I gave to dear Mama in which many
of her home friends are in - I did not
like asking dear [Bee?] for it when her
things were divided, but Kate took
one she had also given our darling
so [Bee?] & Kate have all the Phots. [Photos?] &
duplicates, - in time if I can get the
[Kirkpatricks?] of your family I shall be
quite made up -I would like what
you consider good of your darling
little boy & girl & shall look forward
[for?] [them?] some time yours dear
Aunt do as not do you justice but I
could not think of you having the
trouble again & am thankful for
what I have.  I would like to have it
enlarged in Toronto to correspond with the very
previous one I have of your dear
sister, the likeness is very strong between
you.  Looking over your letter you
mention the large sewing machine
Alicia has & uses.  The Drs. [Doctors?] here
condemn sewing machines for delicate
ladies working by the feet causes
an injury if there is any inward delicacy,
I am sorry Alice is delicate
as I am sure there is nothing more
trying.  I am so glad they got that
handsome legacy - & that the Glebe
house is getting on so nicely, I hardly
know where it is.  I know every
spot from Cullybackey to Hazelbank
& could walk in to your house as
I can my own - down to the Church &
where the old [Cra----?] Castle was as I
was at the pulling down of it.  The
beautiful bed of snowdrops which lay
thick about the ground.  Ann [Dawes's?]
school.  Willy Dugans cottage & others
all before my minds eye I could go to now
enjoying this time 22 years ago  -
You would indeed love our sister's
Lassie would you know - & see her
motherly love over her step children
& endearing love to her own wee
darling.  [Cauline?] [deserve's?] all
our love,  "she is an admirable [character?]"
as Dr. O Meara  her clergyman said
to me one day last summer [when?]
I met him.  he is an aged Irish
Church of England Clergyman from
such a person I said, is [it?] was some
thing to have that said", such a
couple as Henry & [Lassie?], as they
have had more difficulties to contend
with than any one knows - Henry
had a great mind, so like our darling
Mother, I think - only the other day
when he came to see me made me
feel how I meet his eaqual [equal?] his
mind is so stored with good & useful
information he has been [writing?]
a little [memorando?] of our first settlement
& has a most interesting collection
nicely written down.  at a loss sometimes
for information as to the progress of early years
*[I think I closed one of my letters with
ending it and remembered it after
Give my love to dear Uncle & cousins a kiss
to your nice [chicks?]
in one way as Charles likes to go on
through every difficulty.  since I sat
down he got into some part for me to
listen to, which does us no good as I
cannot divide my attention & am
good at neither Macauley  I spelt
wrong in my [luny?] when struggling in my
[room?] when the early sunsets are so
trying, much to be [crushed?] [into?] so few [homes?]
- my mornings pass in housekeeping -
so much [wines?] on, my mincemeat
& cordial if possible this week, to be
completed & a quantity of unrendered Lard
came home to day to be [put up?].  I use
unrendered lard for pastry, it is beautiful
chopped fine & rolled into the flour thin,
beaten well with the roller just into a hot
oven - it is lighter & a beautiful colour if
nicely done, recommend it to your cook
on trial I got it in an English receipt [recipe?]
book it is called Filed pastry my cordial
consists of some of our Grapes which
were late I put them into Spirits &
now will make a good boiled  syrup of
sugar & water boiled like honey - adding
Ginger and one lemon to flavour, it is a
nice hot sip for a friend coming in,
1lb of sugar to 1 quart of the Grape & Spirit
decoction I would like could I send you
a bottle of it - we only use wine for sickness
Charles never takes whiskey - his head
so easily aches - Coffie [Coffee?] if a friend comes
in & at dinner is our beverage -
Charles is greatly taken with Gladsons [Gladstones?]
phamphlet [pamphlet?] now appearing in our local
papers - Gladson [Gladstone?] seems very clear
& bold - I would like to know Uncles
opinion of the state the political
world is in now - how much we miss
The Times as so much came so interesting
& exciting that is to take
place in London of Roman Cats. [Roman Catholics?] I
hope the English will come out
all right  I must stop again &
let Charles talk - do excuse my terrible
scrawl.  it is late but a very cold frosty
night & bright wood fire burning
so dearest Aunt good night.
Tuesday noon - a heavy fall of snow
has continued for some hours - the
friends we expected evidently could
not come through it with baby in the little
sleigh - my morning housekeeping has
given me my usual share of Rheumatism
with the damp East wind   Charles
has wadded [waded?] off in the storm for his Globe
where all the interesting news  now comes
from - Mary is busy trimming a new
blue casmir [cashmere?] dress of three years [standing?]
with black velvet cut on the biass [bias?]  she
spent last week at Goodwood where
she always enjoys herself.  [Mary?] Brown
is such a good senseable [sensible?] pleasing
sincere friend with a large amount
worldly knowledge so useful nowadays,
Bessie has great comfort in her dear
adopted daughter  Mary Brown  is to go
to Toronto soon after Christmas - Harriet
has been in Port Hope for sometime &
I hope dear [Bee?] may take a trip when
[Mary?] returns - it is such a quiet place
they are the [--ttie?] going turn about
away now & again.  I would go much
oftener but Charles finds so lonely & [requires?]
my care In sometime he now is so
well I will tramp
off for a day to my sisters soon - the
greatest pleasure I can take - I think
you have received a letter from Anne
[May?] in which she has told you all about
themselves - Annie Collins always
has a delicate [look?] black about her
eyes & very sallow - [Charley?] is a great
darling - a [pet?] with [Tom?] who has
more Jolly fun with him than Joss
Joss seems truly fond of his wee boy &
takes him carrying him & [fondling?]
him more than I ever saw a young
man do - dear [Tom?] he is like our
own son & child here  his Uncle is
so pleased when he comes to see us,
which is too seldom he is so busy now,
but it cheers us old folk
A remark came from Charles - Mary
& myself today - showing how akin
our feelings are - I said [last?] summer has been
the longest summer he has had for some
time from the quiet happiness we
have enjoyed - I came in after being
very busy & said to Mary "it feels so
like a Holiday time all is calm &
settled".  Oh said Mary " I was just thinking
it feels so truly happy the way we
live now".  I said why we had
all something thrown over us of
happiness when unexpected to
ourselves we have expressed the
same it is so true dear Aunt
as if a storm had passed
& the calm is felt - This season
brings our [smiling?] mother so
much to our mind - her busy
loving heart ever on the look
out for seasonable presents for
her large flock  I so like to look
back the very snow falling has
many, many early associations
of my loved parents mixed
up in all my earliest recollections
of Christmas times has a strange
rough look now - yet cheerfulness
& love in all, could they all return
I would go over & over it again
my childhood had much in it
compared with the young of the
present day - but we shared the
toil & burden of the day with our
loved parents & became prematurely
old I often think - & now I
have mercies & blessings so
great, so innumerable, I often
pause & think - and can
only say Thanks be to the Giver
of All who has blessed me
with such health & competence
in my time of life not young
now - I should never cease
acknowledging God in every
time of my life up to the present
and live for His Glory if I could
how far short we all come dearest
Aunt to that -
   Again I make a final effort to end
my letter - I could not longer listen to
This letter must go on Thursday so
as to have it the beginning of the month,
I expect Kate Neill to come to me
for a few days - & Mrs. Newnham [Newnheim?]
her sister & baby so called a child over
2 years - Mrs. Newnham [Newnheim?] spent a [week?]
lately; we like her very much, but she
is odd.  Col. [Colonel?] & Mrs. [Stace?] came two years
ago with their family to reside in
Peterboro' Mrs Newnham [Newnheim?], is their daughter,
before leaving England this girl made
an unfortunate match, two months
after her marriage she left her husband
The family went to Virginia Southern
States - where this baby was born.  her
husband traced her & haunted her
when the baby was five days old he
insisted on seeing it.  she was locked up
in her room; the Dr [Doctor?] carried the baby for the
papa's peep - another time he appeared
at a window  suddenly asked to even
kiss her hand; well they left Virginia
for Peterboro', Mr. Newnham [Newnheim?] appeared at
the train, she had herself locked in &
from fear of him when in the
Hotels she had herself locked in &
so they came to Peterborough  Col. [Colonel?] Stace
has been known by the Hamiltons
over twenty years - Mrs. Stace is an
Irish lady - connected to Lord [Roden?]
also Mr. Smillie [Smilie?] of Dublin, she
was a Miss [Molyneux?]  her sister
Mrs. Webb an [Auth-----?] is well known,
Mrs. Newnheim [Newnham?] is very young & her
sister Miss Stace is such  a jolly nice
girl very intimate with Mary  - so they
are coming for a day, to walk up &
down baby in her little sleigh they are
very nice  living [& intend?], keeping
no servant poor circumstances I
think, they eat & drink with relish,
all I have, much pleasanter than
many, would be great people I know,
_ I am very much pleased with with my
good Mary the German, & she has
completed her [Forth?] [Fourth?] month proveing
[proving?] herself most valuable in every way -
attachment one great point she speaks
of next summer, as if next month - I pay
her $5 per month & give her any little thing useful
to her I may have.
Charles sent me a likeness of dear
Charlotte & her sweet baby Catherine,
& the trio in a large armchair.  I am
delighted with them & he seems so
too poor fellow - I admire Charlotte
very much, she looks better for her years,
I must write to Charlotte this week if
I can - friends coming in interrupts
one in their plans.  Charles has been
reading aloud to Mary & I Mc Cauleys [Macauley's?]
History of England it is deeply interesting
but an awful picture of the
early reigns of England, no one need
[be?] [proud?] of the Stewarts - from those
terrible times - we get on slowly as there are
many interruptions very trying to
Charles he reads with such pleasure
& gusto I am happy to say Charles
is so much better, looking splendid
I tell him, with his fine flowing beard
almost white - his bald head, but
his cheeks a fine full healthy look to
what he had, he had let himself run
slow - his blood was poor.  I heard of a woman
who sells the [regular?] plant called Sarsaparilla
a most useful purifier for the blood
I boiled the roots & he takes that twice
a day - this woman goes into the swamps
with a hoe - & pulls up
these long running roots of [many?]
[feet?] in length she sells it to the
Apothecaries and Drs [Doctors?] and makes her
50 cts a bundle for all she sells - it is a
most valuable remedy - I used to know
the plant when living more in the
wild woods - Charles says he
read with interest what he says of Mr.
Smiths trial - & hopes to see the final
charge - I am so very sorry for poor
Mr. Beggs has such a trouble now in
their old age poor people, as such a
disgraceful event must be bitter.
I am writing at such a rate in
my room the weather is terribly dark,
a heavy fall of snow has laden
every nook & corner - as well as every
twigg [twig?] of the trees for the present I
must say good bye dear Aunt
again I must try what I can do at
my letter - this regular reading is trying
the far famed
History the
clock is near
9 P M
commenced at
6 o'clock to
read is as
much as my
old head will
stand -
I had a note
from dear [Bee?]
since my last
[paragraph?] in
which she says
"our darling mothers
little [bird?] is dead"
poor [Bee?] feels it greatly for five years they have nursed
it poor wee thing
Believe me with sincere love your affectionate [old?] child
Ellen Dunlop