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John O’Sullivan Letter:[1845]

Source:  Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint John Archives

Date of creation: Photocopy c.1990

Biographical sketch/Administrative history:

John O’Sullivan was an Irish business owner. His brother Denis, who had immigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick, was a teacher at York Point, residing on Mill Street.

Scope and content:

This letter, written from Cork, Ireland, provides interesting insight and commentary on the state of affairs in Ireland in the mid nineteenth century, in particular shedding light on his political opinions. John O’Sullivan writes to his brother Denis, enquiring after him and updating him on events in his life and the lives of friends and family. He gives an account of his trip to Cork to visit Daniel O’Sullivan, Esqr. of Bridgemount, and his wife. He also tells him about problems with his business and the poverty in Ireland. He expresses his dislike for union, describing Ireland as “...a mere [Kitchin] garden.” He sends news of friends and enquires after some acquaintances. John refers to the newspapers he sent to Denis and asks Denis to send him some newspapers in return, “to give us an idea of the tyrany [sic] of your colonial legislature.” Finally John gives an account of meeting an [Evanson], an Irish emigrant living in New Brunswick, who was in Ireland promoting immigration to the colony. He knew an acquaintance of John’s in New Brunswick.

Letter from John O’Sullivan, Cork, to Denis O’Sullivan, York Point Mill Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, 23 February 1845.