Incorporated by Royal Charter
Bombay, 13 Decr 1864
My dear Mary,
I arrived in the city per the “Malta” yesterday morning in good health and capital spirits so far so good – and will leave tomorrow morning at 9 OC for Hong Kong per “Emeu” I expect to arrive in about three weeks – where I expect to arrive in about three weeks – when I expect to be glad of a little rest tho’ I like the voyage out very much. We suffered a good deal from heat a thermometer being as high as 100° to 110 frequently. All my superfluous flesh is nearly disposed of by continued perspiration night and day. Our ship was very much crowded every berth occupied, which
made bad worse, my bed was about 2 feet long [sic? 5 feet long?], and my head frequently found its way into another gentleman's berth who slept alongside. A number of the passengers had skin eruptions. I fortunately escaped every misfortune except toothache, my sufferings ended by the sd hot weather and secondly by having a tooth broken out. The Doctor attempted pulling but made a bad mess of it – However I am quite rid of pain just now. We had a great deal of enjoyment on hand the “Malta” and it was with very great regret I parted from my fellow passengers on our arrival here. There is something melancholy in the thought - some Two of us intimate friends parting at the Quay almost certain never to meet again
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portion of the town is like all Eastern towns wretched looking but has the appearance of wealth the Natives here are immensely wealthy many of them with little bazaars are worth £50-£100,000 – In point of business this is the Capital of the East. The salaries paid are enormous. Many young men many Juniors in Years and experience are receiving £800 to £1000 a year. A Young man that I knew very well in Belfast came to the Agra bank in July at a salary of £400 he has just been offered £800 a year from a rival company which he has accepted. If I were remaining here I have no doubt but that I would have at least as good a fortune. However I must
be content for the present and hope that some first-rate thing will turn up in China – I spent yesterday evening with the Bank’s fellows. 3 of them have a bungalow and live in a style really magnificent. A sumptuous table, saddle horses, and a Carragh – the servants do evening [???] & wash the clothes and fold them every night. Coffee in bed at 6:00 AM. At Bank at 8 and breakfast at 9. With all this style they live on £200 a year it would cost more in England – Of course if they lived separately it would cost them far more and they would not live as well.
I am quite ignorant of Home news and often wonder how you are all getting on. I trust to find a letter at Hong Kong on my arrival. You cannot have any idea what a treat it is to get a letter here, the Mail is one of the greatest events possible.
Since I left Belfast I have seen a great deal of the world and I have to say that I have been in Europe, Asia and Africa in it is probable that I will see the other 2 Divisions of the world before I see dear old Ireland.
I have been very anxious about Dr. Brown and Lizzie Donaldson. I trust they are recovering but I am afraid of poor Lizzie. I daresay Aunt Donaldson is still unchanged. We cannot hope for much change in her until the great change comes. She was very kind to me and I will always be truly grateful for her kindness - I have not experienced any great inconvenience from the heat of Bombay yet though I was at the cricket ground (where the officers of the 4th Rifles were playing a Motet) yesterday on the hotter part of the day. The evening was a very fine. My eyes were regaled by a scene of surpassing splendor
last night. The cool air, and the stillness of night tempted us into the Verandah. The leaves of the trees appeared covered with Silver, the rich foliage gently waving up and down, the full moon and stars with the truly beautiful Eastern sky pleased the eye; while the ear was pleased with the noise of the sea, as wave after wave broke on the shore immediately below us. Everything considered I think Bombay a delightful place to live in, and I trust yet to have that pleasure.
Remember me to all friends and with fondest love believe me to be your attached brother
 The P&O Steamer the Emeu was launched in 1853, and in 1880 was lost in the Macassar Strait when on a voyage from Manila to Montreal with a cargo of sugar. Fortunately, this voyage was uneventful even though it had broken down a couple of times in 1863 and had to be towed into safe harbor. It was a little over 266 feet long and was 36 ½ feet wide. SOURCE: P&O Emeu Fact Sheet. NOTE: The Emeu was also used at this time for transporting chests of Malawa opium, I have been unable so far to determine the name of the Captain on this voyage.
 It actually took a month – probably because of the 8 day stop-over in Ceylon, for which no reason was given. He arrived in Hong Kong on January 14th, 1865.
 NOTE: Thomas Jackson was 6’2” tall – a challenge for sleeping in the five foot long bunks found on such ships.
 It would seem going from the passenger list that the surgeon was Dr. Grant.
 I do not yet know who this was.
 It may be: – the servants do evening [???] brush the clothes…
 Most likely his cousin Elizabeth Johanna DONALDSON (1854-1903), daughter of John DONALDSON (1818-1854) and Elizabeth Johanna JACKSON (1817-1900).
 Great-Aunt Barbara DONALDSON née BRADFORD (1783-1865). I suspect that either she or her daughter or both were responsible for covering the fees for Thomas Jackson’s schooling at Morgan’s School in Dublin. His close relationship with this aunt included significant conversations on matters of politics, finance, and religion.
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