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Title: Andrew & Lucy Greenlees, Dayton, to 'My Dear Parents & sisters'
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGreenlees, Andrew/8(2)
SenderGreenlees, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDayton, Ohio, USA
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipsiblings to their family
SourceD3561/A/26: The Papers of Prof E.R.R. Green Deposited by Dr. P.R. Green
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland
Doc. No.9902223
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:02:99.
Word Count319
TranscriptDayton July 7th /62

My Dear Parents and sisters
we are all well and able to pursue the
duties of every day life, for which I hope we are
truly thankfull [thankful?]. since my last I have nothing
new to write. Things move on about as usual
as regards the war I see no prospect of its speedy
close the rebels are terribly in earnest and no doubt
will fight till the bitter end there has been a terrible
and bloody battle fought recently at Richmond their
Capitol it lasted seven days the rebels had two hundred
thousand of the pick of their troops in the engagement
they intended to annihilate our chosen army of [---?]
seventy five or sothousand [so thousand?] under Mc Clelland,
but signaly [signally?] failed he made good his retreat to
a new and better position the loss of life was fearfull
[fearful?] the rebels own a loss of thirty thousand men,
ours is variously estimated at from ten to twenty thousand
but I will send you the papers having ful [full?] particulars
of the engagement beside the six hundred thousand troops
already in the field the President has issued a proclamation
for three hundred thousand more effective men to be enrolled
immediately. the patriotism of the people runs high
they are willing to submit to great sacrifices in order
to put down and crush out this unholy cruel and wicked
rebellion May God prosper the cause that is just and righteous
you will percieve [perceive?] from my last few letters that
matters has been going against me this some time with
many others I have been going down hill in a wordly
[worldly?] point of view, unforseen and I might say
unavoidable losses has left me without any thing and
a small debt on my shoulders besides, perhaps you would
call it huge about fifty pounds sterling this has made
me longer of answering your letter than I otherwise would
have been I felt low spirited and discouraged and did not
feel like writing to any one Brother John will therefore
excuse me for not writing an answer to his last I will
when I feel better spirited and more like writing perhaps
I have been wordly [worldly?] minded and too eagerly pursued
the perishing things of this world, Oh that we may log up
treasure for ourselves on high that at the last we may reap
life ever lasting I work on a farm by the [m----?] this
year am first man have about 25 dollars per month, I hope
soon to be strait [straight?] with the world once more
then I shall move further west on to a farm of my own.
Congress has passed a very wise and prudent measure lately
called the homestead law or bill, granting to every actual
settler who is 21 years of age or the head of a family 160
acres of land free without price this will give farms to
thousands that otherwise never would have had any myself
amongst the number I will push off as soon as I have the
means after paying my debts, I had a letter from Cousin
[---?] a few days ago they are all well except Hughs wife
she had the ague considerably but that is nothing dangerous
here from the east I have no news except what I got from
you Aunt Greenlees & family are well I was there a few
days ago we had rather a backward wet spring here crops
dont look very well harvest will commence in
a few weeks I have not got much more to write
John my boy has got to be quite a big fellow he is very
stirring and lively I have to tell him a great many
stories about Grandpa Greenleeses My Agnes
dont talk much yet but she is able to come and meet me when
I come home at noon and night I take a great deal
of comfort, playing with my children, God bless them,
I always liked children especially good ones, but more
particularly my own. Lucys health has been remarkably
good for some time we have no doctoring or no bills
to pay which is a great benefit as well as a blessing
perhaps Hugh and Jenny would like to come out, and
share the benefit of the homestead law, it is a fine chance
for getting a good large farm, if Hugh could bring a small
capital with him of from fifty to sixty pounds st
[sterling?] [--?][---?] with he could do well You will
perhaps think it strange that I should advise any one to
come after having had bad success myself lately, as for
that you know we are liable to have our ups and downs in
this world and if mine has been considerable down of late
I think it will be up by and bye I see clearer weather
ahead, it is necessary for us to be buffeted by the storms
of adversity to make men of us To try our self endurance
our self reliance our faith in Divine providence I feel
assured that all the brushes I have met with has been for
my good and I can also thank God heartly[heartily?] and
sincerely for blessings & mercys past and take courage for
the future