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The Arnott Family

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The Colonial brig Kingfisher, Rayside, at Quebec, Sept 28th, from Halifax, brought up a Mr. Arnott, wife and eleven children, who, it will be remembered, were wrecked some time since on the coast of Newfoundland, in the Despatch from Londonderry, bound for Quebec, losing the whole of their valuable stock of farming implements, with £150 in sovereigns.

His excellency the Earl of Dalhousie, in that true spirit of liberality which has always distinguished him during his residence amongst us, has presented this distressed family with a most handsome pecuniary donation, and furnished them with provisions and a free passage to Montreal.

(note.. The Arnott family still has the shawl that Mary Arnott was wrapped and carried in when her mother, Catherine Ferguson Arnott was rescued from the wreck of The Despatch. Bruce Arnott from Dearborn, Michigan graciously provided letters written by Daniel Arnott Sr. to the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada in 1835 and the King of England in 1836 that portray the family’s dire circumstances resulting from the wreck.)

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Written by annharvey

May 27, 2008 at 10:25 am

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