This one in particular grabbed me right away:
Here is a Circular Parlor Photo 6" in diameter I know to be Robert Gilmour:
This photo is hand painted and the eye's are (...You guessed it...) Blue/Gray.
Thats where I found this:
No less than three of James' letters to his Brother Robert mention the "Pistle" that Robert purchased for him when he went off on his "Sojourn in the South" and the apparent loss of said "Pistle" as a Gambling dept, or through some other carelessness never fully explained but eventually resolved between the two of them as regrettable and unfortunate.
dated August 24th 1861: that mentions his "Pistle".
(Later letters hint at another story other than the one mentioned here.)
Here's a transcription, the spelling is James':
your litter from Lieut. Beard he said that
he could scarcly get rid of you you were
so glad to see him he gave me the
cartriges but as I lossed or rather got
my pistle stolen from me I
but the[y] will be of service to Frank as
he has his yet but you need not find anymore."
As it happens, I have a Dever ancestor from Donegal named Sarah, who had a Father named John, whom I believe was the brother of this writer!
So was I there to find the carte de visite or was it this letter?
...gunna have to sidetrack through Donegal on the way to Killaloo this Fall at any rate!!!
I have been reading and studying "How the Irish Saved Civilization." by Thomas Cahill of late. "Emigrants and Exiles" by Kirby A. Miller is next. (Based on his extensive historical research of Irish Emigrant letter's.) All 648 pages of it.
I wonder who I'll find in there!
[**and I started to write about it back on the 15th, but I've been working on Mom's side (the Southern Catholic/Irish Contingency) for Mother's day. Time was consumed, blogs have been backlogging...it happens...]