February 23, 1838

letter of February 23, 1838 from William (15), in Ireland, to his brother Robert (12), in Canada


Feby 23 1838

Dear Dearest Brother

I hope the blessing of God at such an eventful crisis -- when the lower Province of Canada is almost shaken to its center, that this will find you and family with Brother Samuel well as through the Blessing of God it leaves me and the rest of your friends.

I received your very kind letter on the 5th November which gave me -- and I am sure your Mother and John -- unspeakable pleasure. I must beg to be excused for not having answered it before now. Several things prevented me from doing so -- I only state two of them -- but you may rest assured it was not the want of love. One reason of my not answering it was I sent John a copy of your letter and requested an answer, and that he would let me know if he were intended to go to America, but the answer to it I have not received. The substance of what I said was as follows; - I mentioned that it was not with the view of bettering our worldly circumstances we would go to America but in order to see you my dear brothers and sister and familys and to be together once more in the Land of the Dyeing, for from your kind letter I was led to conclude that Richard and family would come to reside to Kingston.

Another reason why I have not written is the very disturbed state of your country - you cannot think the feelings of my mind on account of you my dear brothers and family for fear you should suffer loss of property, or life. I pray that you may receive this and that it will find you all well. I was afraid that a letter may not pass from here to you, and was kept in awfull suspense to know how it would terminate - and anxiously waiting for every account - and you cannot imagine what joy it gave me to hear that the Rebels are in a great measure defeated. Our accounts up to the latter end of December state that the Rebels at Grand Brule and St Eustache were completely foiled and that McKenzie, one of the chief Rebels, had fled to an island near to the United States, and that several of the leaders were taken prisoners and executed. We also heard that McKenzie took the City of Toronto in the Upper Province but had to fly from it. I was glad to know from the papers that they did not get up to Kingston, and I hope that you in that city do still enjoy peace. We were glad to hear the stand the Protestants have made with the Army against them. Things may be worse than we know with you but do hope our next account will bring us satisfactory news. A good deal of the Army sailed from England and Ireland for America and do hope they have safely arrived before this date. I forbear to say any more on this, to me, painful subject, and know that you are better acquainted with it than I can be. I only mention what I have said to let you know what I have heard about the agitated state of your country. Under such circumstances as these I hope you will write as soon as you receive this, for I long to hear from you or to see you. I entirely forgot to mention Grandmothers death about this time two year, and Uncle Joe is still living. Uncle Ben died this month.

You bid me let you know why John did not write to you. I do not know any reason if it be not this - that he promised he would go to America if you sent him money and when he did not go and it seemed as if his mouth was stopped. And John is a very dilatory person - my patience often do be worn out before I receive a letter from him. It was only last week I received an answer to your letter from him. He came to see me last September and we were speaking about you - of which was no unusual thing - and he told me that a person by the name of Sullivan wrote to Bandon and that in his letter he mentioned that you would come home in or about May, and both he and I were rejoiced to hear it. When I was reading yours I expected every line to come to the place that would say you were coming, but you have not said so in positive terms - but still it left the impression on my mind that you would come. You say as a reason of your not coming is that some of the endearments you had for home were gone - truth, but still have you not enough, have you not a most affectionate, endearing and loving Mother and not to speak of others. Your Mother would give all she ever possessed to see you. I think she would say "now let me depart in peace" if she but saw you. Do not think I am blind to the difficulties which you will have to encounter in coming - it is not the loss of business, although that would be great - but the Perils of sea and reviewing all these I bid you come, and if possible I would go half way to meet you. John also requested in the letter I got from him that I would invite you home and sure your dear Mother would say come. I think if I had the power of prevailing with you I would, but trust I need say no more. I have to let you know that John got married to Sally Duke, daughter to William Duke of Lissonbury - Brother Samuel can let you know how they are. He got married 2nd of December, '37, without even writing to let me know - and I should go to see him before he was separated from me as a brother. However, I think it is better he changed his condition. He is doing very well, has two men and himself and prentice-boy at work and have more than they can do. I also must let you know that Mrs Davis, in consequence of two of her children which died is resigning business and we will have all the stock sold in or about May next and of course I will be to leave Clonmell. John wants me to go home if you should come to Ireland make this your way. Waterford, a seaport town, is but 24 miles from here and if you come to Liverpool you can take the steamer to Waterford - and I will be most happy in seeing you. Ang if you should come to Ireland I think Mother and I may go with you - cannot account for John. There was nothing new as it respects any of your friends occurred since I last wrote. Your kindness expressed in your letter is very great, though very unworthy of anything you may believe me, my dearest brother. Nothing could give me more happiness than in hearing from you - it is often when at home I used to run from Rushfield to Eniscane to release your letter, - even though it wold be night when I would get the account.

I was glad to hear your determination is fixed to be on the Lords side, and that you will find to be your interest as well as your duty. I am exceeding glad to hear of your temporal welfare but I would be much more so to hear of spiritual welfare. You say that my prayers for you may be heard. I am but a worm like unto others, but the all prevailing and efficacious prayers of Christ Jesus thy Lord is continually pouring forth for you and all mankind. Read much of the Word of Life which shall make you wise unto salvation - and do not procrastinate whilst life is so uncertain and death so certain, - and remember we have no promise for tomorrow - "Now is the accepted time" and my Spirit shall not always strive with man, saith the Almighty. My dear brother if I were able to dictate to my pen I would try and prevail on you to close in with the offers of mercy - but why does it require arguments to urge a person to choose Life in preference to Death. Though knowest the way and do though walk in it and you shall not be sorry in time nor through Eternity.

You bid me keep your letter as token of your love and I am determined never to part with it. You say "if we should never meet again" - indeed this is more than I can bear, even the thought, for I do believe with the Blessing of God I will see you at some period. Whenever I read your letter (and I often read), but when I come to the place above mentioned it causes a flood of tears the thought of not seeing yor this side of Eternity - but I have no such thought. I do cherish the hope of seeing you - and do hope the day is not far distant. I often in imagination do carry myself to thy time and place and do, as it were beforehand, share in thy joy it gives - but if in the allwise Providence of God we should never meet here, O let us meet at His right hand, and that will be joyful, joyful, to meet to part no more, for although we meet here that meeting would be but short. Perhaps you find it difficult now to give your heart to God. Perhaps your language (with the great Apostle when personifying as man in his carnal state) is - "The good which I would I do not, but that which I would not I willingly do. But O my dear brother remember that Christ is still thy "Chief Corner Stone" and by you falling on it it will break your heart to pieces, but if you neglect to fall on it it will grind us to powder. Tell BR. S from me that I was sorry to hear that he does not meet in Society - and was glad that Sally is walking in ways of the Lord. Dear brother do not let your dear partner be going alone - determine that you will walk abreast in the narrowest of the narrow paths. When you write to Richard and Mary present them my best respects and love and also to Sally and your dear children and Brother Samuel, and to the Sullivans from Ballemena if they should be in Kingston and to the Gibsons and as many more as you pleasse, and accept it yourself from your loving,

                                                                                                                        WM Anglin

Brother John wrote to Richard; I hope he got it. You say you wrote different letters since the money letter - I assure you we received none. I had to pay for my board out of the sallery. I board with John Burchell, Johnston Street, Clonmell. When you write direct to him as mentioned above - and write as soon as you receive this, suppose you be coming to Ireland itself.

There appears to me to be a very good situation opening at present. A very respectable person whose name is Higgins - he is Methodist - keeps a Seed and Nursery Shop in Dublin and he wants a person to fill it as head clerk. If he be able to wait until I am done with Mrs. Davis I may accept it.

Mother enjoys very good health. I send her love to you with Johns - also I have not, thank God, been one day sick since I came here. I fear through haste which I have been in that I omitted many things that ought to be mentioned, but you will, I hope, pardon this with many other inadvertencies, for I had to write it at intervals - not being able to command my own time. What more shall I say - The Lord Bless you and make you a blessing.

Farewell, my dear brother, farewell


Yours etc
Robert H. Waterman

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