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Title: John Hall, Keenaghan, to Sam Hall, Maryland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHall, John/117
SenderHall, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKeenaghan, Co, Leitrim, Ireland
DestinationMaryland, USA
RecipientHall, Sam
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright retained by Eleanor Hallfreese, 12 Brighton ST Rochestor New York 14607, U.S.A.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park, Omagh
Doc. No.9509123
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 29:09:95.
Word Count1061
TranscriptKeenaghan May 27th 1821

Dear Brother

Your esteemed favours of the 25th August came to hand
November 9th which brought us the pleasing news of you being in
good health my sister was not well When you wrote I hope she has
recovered to her health soon after that date; Dear Sir you want
to know the cause of me not writing to you sooner than I do -
But the reason I have is that as Father writes mostly once a
year he gives you all the particulars of this place - Indeed,
Sam, I do not know what to write for to tell of the distressed
situation that poor Ireland labours under would I suppose be
unneccessary to you, as you have heard so often of that already,
but if you had heard of it last week you might know as much more
this week, every day there is a new law to harass the farmer
they will first pound his cattle and when the [they?] tire doing
that they will hire men at his expense, to trash all his grain
and if that does not suffice, the last remedy they can use is an
ejectment and then he is entirely done - I think that you are in
a blessed country that knows nothing of the landlord's prowling
bailiff, or the hypocritical rectors dog [dogma?] which is two
of the greatest plagues that attends old Ireland. The one thinks
all beneath him is an inferior sort of creation, only filled up
to support his ambitions while the other goes to the pulpit and
preaches charity, and at the same time he has as little charity
as my father's little dog oh how hard it is to live under under
such Ambitious tyrannizing bloodsuckers and there is no, price
for any article the farmer has to sell potatoes from 2d and 2«d
per stone meal from 10d to 11d per peck flax from œ2-œ4 to
œ2-œ8, cut yarn from 1 to 2 per spangle, cloth from 1-2 to 1-6
per yard and all kinds of cattle very low so that it is beyound
possibility for us to make œ30 of rent and œ3--10 of tythe [tithe?] with
many other taxes besides - but be America as it may I wish to
God we were all there but that is beyond hope since our parents
are so old

Dear Sam I am sorry to have to include to you the previous
circumstances of which your poor old mother has laboured under
these twelve months past by a fall she got on 11th of May she
was to Mary's on some errand, on her return home she missed her
foot and fell on her loin we got her carried in but the extreme
pain that she felt and the cries of that poor dejected creature
would have softened the heart of a savage, she was for three
months in that deplorable way and Blessed be God she has got so
well as to be able to go through the house with a crutch under
her arm, - your parents are greatly on the decline of life,
they are fast hastening to the silent grave where we must all
one day or another return to, may the Almighty God fit and
prepare us all for that journey - Robert Buchanans wife is dead
she departed this life August last long after a long and tedious

Ireland is an altered country since you left it there is no
frolicking of any kind whatever, no attention given to fairs
unless on business of great importance, every one keeps their
own home America is said not to be as good as usual, but when I
see and know people that leaves this place and go there perhaps
a son or a husband and stays there two or three years, they will
send for their families, I know one man that went and in two
years sent œ30 home to take his family there, they [the?] two Jack
Donnells of Calber has each a son four years there and has sent
home to their peoples one hundred and eighty dollars a piece,
and a great many of our Glen boys the same so that I think
either the English or United States is not so bad as by some
represented - you say Mr Knox would tell about that country but
if all the people alters as much as him I had better stay at
home I asked him questions and was answering yes or no, I have
not seen any of his taste he gives no information at all. I
received a letter of 15th of December from Robert Hall sister
Margaret's son which says they are all well at that date he
speaks greatly of the yellow fever taking a great many to their
silent home - Mary Boak sent a letter to her Uncle Smyley and
talks of her mother's family having that fever and her Aunt
Leticia, and Uncle Robert, I humbly hope that it is not nor
won't get your length and that they are all well again you
spoke of sending your [-rofile?] Mary Boal sent letters to this
place if she has it there might be an oppurtunity before now of
sending it. [stained] - we are all in good health at present
but our Dear mother and I think she will never recover from her
fall I hope this will find you and my new sister and the
children all well.
give my love to all enquiring friends and let Jack Boak know
that I am very angry with him for not sending me word when he
was going to be married that I might have went over that I might
have went over and been Groomsman for had it happened on Sunday
morning I might went over Saturday evening and got home to my
loom on Monday morning, but since he would not think me worthy
of the same I wish him and his consort all manner of happiness I
will finish this uncorrected scrawl as my pen has almost
exceeded the limits of my paper - I add no more may the god of
infinite mercy guard and defend you all from an evil hour is the
sincere wish of your affectionate Brother till death
John Hall