In April 1829 Emily’s grandfather traveled with his wife and young family traveled from Co. down to Dublin in hopes that relocating to Rathmines would cure his illness. But that was not to be. It is lost in time what his ailment was. Perhaps his hopes lay in the fact that the best doctors In Ireland were in Dublin.
He was a bookseller by trade and one half or the Hodges and M’Arthur partnership, whose shop on College Green opened its doors to the Physicians of the day to hold meetings before the Royal College of Physicians in 1865. He and his partner allowed them to hold meetings in a tiny “reading room” over their shop. Perhaps they wanted to return the favor and treat him with the most up to date medicine for his ailment.
Richard M’Arthur did not get better. He lost his battle with disease in April 1829.
Hodges And McArthur 1818 Merchants And Traders Dublin The Treble Almanac 1818
19 December 1866 – Dublin Medical Press – Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Sligo Journal 03 April 1829
Prerogative and diocesan copies of some wills and indexes to others, 1596 – 1858