Two Irish immigrant children travelling alone being taken care of by Edward Blair Watkinson

Date Written

Sept. 15, 1855

Edward Blair Watkinson was 42 years old when this was written.
Edward Blair Watkinson died 28 years, 6 months, 6 days after writing it.
It was written 168 years, 18 days ago.
It was a Saturday.

15th Sept 1855

Messr. Samuel Thompson Nephews,


William Scanlon has now received a letter from Ireland, saying that his children have sailed in [the] ship “City of New York” from Liverpool 21st August, being put in care of some “Boys” on board the ship. Derby Croty, the man expected to come with them, is not expected I understand.

The object of this letter to you, is to arrange to have the children put on board the “Hartford Steamboat”, when they arrive, & have them directed to Watkinson & Bartholomew Hartford. Annexed is an order for their passage on the steamboat.

I presume they have not been sent without some little money, sufficient to feed & transport between the ship & steamboat at N. York, as their Father has remitted money for that purpose; but should they arrive destitute, I will remit money to you to pay such expenses, on your calling for it.

Should the passage money paid by Scanlon here, for the passage of the Derby booty, not be returned to Scanlon, I suppose the owners will pay the expenses of the children to the steamboat.

Yours respy,
E. B. Watkinson

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