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Passenger to America – 1859

Galway wharf c1850
Galway wharf c1850

Freemans Journal 28th December 1859 p3 (abridged)
As an evidence of the confidence entertained by the people in the Galway Steam Packet Company, a child about four or five years of age was sent here from Limerick by the coach, labelled and directed “Passenger to America, care of William H. Butler, Esq”. This child was at once taken up by Mr Butler, well cared for and, as the vessel was about to proceed to sea, delivered up to a respectable family who will take care of this young emigrant until the arrival of the vessel in America, where friends will be met to claim it.
Shortly before the sailing of the ship, Captain Thompson, the superintendent, and Mr Butler went on board to inquire of the passengers whether they had any complaints to make or fault to find, but all expressed themselves highly pleased with their position. The mails taken out by the Circassian were heavier than on any previous occasion.