Extract from an old letter about migration

Despite the huge distances involved, families kept in contact. Kresen Kernow is home to collections of letters which reveal the tension between wanting to return to Cornwall and making the most of opportunities overseas. In this extract from a badly damaged 1868 letter, Harriet Jane May wrote from Australia to her parents in Padstow: “it would never do for us to be home, your country is not big enough… but still we love to think of home. I have some sweet thoughts of home and when I hear that old song Home Sweet Home I think how true the poet was when he said sweet thoughts can never die….” (AD1158/7/2)

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