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Mathew Armstrong Family: Postmasters of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, for Sixty-three Years 1831

Extracted from the Strabane Morning Post Tuesday, July 5, 1831
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia

The Tea Service of Plate subscribed for by the inhabitants of Enniskillen, in token of their respect and esteem for the Misses Armstrong, and of their high sense of the integrity and obliging manner in which they and their family had, for sixty-three years and upwards, conducted the business of the Post-office in this town, has arrived at our Office, where it will remain a few days for the inspection of the subscribers and others who may wish to view it previous to its delivery. It consists of a splendid Cake-basket, Tea pot, Sugar-bowl, and Ewer. The workmanship is chaste and elegant, and reflects great credit on the gold-smith who executed it - Mr. William Mooney of Capel-street, Dublin. The following inscription is handsomely engraved on a shield - “Presented by the inhabitants of Enniskillen and its vicinity to the family of the late Mathew Armstrong, for their integrity during 63 years’ superintendence of the Post-office ,1831.” On an opposite shield is the family crest. The engraving is tastefully displayed and done in a masterly style. We have great pleasure in stating that the Committee feel highly pleased with the judgment and taste displayed by Mr. Mooney in the manufacture of the article, and consider his charge very moderate ( Erne Packet)