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James Ward Letter

Source:           The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland. Microfilm 6/127: Microfilmed with the permission of the Royal Irish Academy. Doc. No. 9510005

Date of creation: 17 August 1834

Biographical sketch/Administrative history

James Ward arrived as an Irish immigrant in Saint John, New Brunswick on 10 May 1834 and was shortly thereafter employed on the steamboat Woodstock. His letter indicates that he meant to remain in the province for only two years, at which time he planned to return to Ireland. His sister, Mary, was living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, while his remaining family, including his mother, father, some sisters, and his uncles Michael and Denis, amongst others, remained in Ireland

Scope and content

In his letter, James Ward, discusses employment, wages, and the price of staple provisions. He also expresses mixed feelings on emigrating to New Brunswick stating that while he has “no reason to complain...but one thing I must observe to you and for the information of all friends, that there is a long and tedious winter here to which our countrymen at home is not used to,” but that, “This country puts an Irishman to his wits, every man his fancy. I will neither advise persons of my own or any other family to come out, or yet stop.” Finally he sends his love to family and friends and informs his father of how acquaintances from Ireland are fairing in New Brunswick.

Letter from James Ward, Saint John, New Brunswick, to his father, Bryan Ward, Comer near Claudy, 17 August 1834.