|Sam Hall, New Windsor, to Moses Burnet, Syracuse, New York.
|Irish Emigration Database
|works at slaughterhouse
|New Windsor, New York, USA
|Syracuse, New York, USA
|Copyright Retained by Eleanor Hall Freese, 12 Brighton St., Rochester, New York 14607, U.S.A.
|The Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh.
|Document added by LT, 25:06:96.
|New Windsor April 17th 1826
Your very kind letter of the 7th
I received in due time, not however without many anxious
and wishful applications at the Post office. It gives us
great pleasure to hear that you and your son enjoys a large
share of one of the greatest temporal blessings. Health is
much esteemed by all, and without it everything arround
[around?] is a burthen [burden?] to us. Happy we are to
hear that little John improves so fast, and that the western
clime agrees with his constitution, be careful then also
to improve his tender mind, to impress it with the rudiments
of Morality and stow it with useful knowledge, that when he
arrives at mature age, he may reflect with filial gratitude on the
kind admonitions and tender instructions of an affectionate
parent. - You say "tell me all that has happened in the circle
of our acquaintance". - If I knew you did not see any
of our country papers, I suppose I might nearly fill a small
volume with entertaining matter since you left here.
But as family news will naturally be more interesting,
I will chiefly confine myself to that. - Our kind Father
is now convalescent, though getting better very slow, he is,
however, able to hobble out on the stoop but very feeble and
weak. If nothing material takes place, I hope he will
soon resume his former health. - The rest of the family are
well. - John Finley [Finlay?] and family are in good health.
They have the Revd. Mr. Wallace boarding with them. he is much
liked by his congregation. He has a Bible class every
week in rotation among them. His people are very spirited
and have it in agitation to pull down the old meeting
house and to erect one similar to ours at New Burgh.
They have provided some of the lumber and have made contract
with the carpenters etc. - Charles and family are well. He
continues to use the implements of husbandry with his usual
assiduity. - Alexander and family are also well tho have
a fine Daughter since you were here, her name Mary Jane, his
boys are growing stout rugged fellows, able to cultivate the
western soil he talks of his neglect in not answering your
letter. - I do not know hardly anything interesting about
New Burgh. - Francis Crawford is about moving to the new
Mills, and continue his store then in the Brick building,
now attended by young Francis. David is about building
on the corner opposite where he now keeps store, a large house
nearly equal to the Orange Hotel. - James' widdow [widow?] has
taken the house and is to continue tavern (sic) for an other year.
J. Jameson & R. Clugston have Bought each a lot adjoining
Mrs Carters' Tobacconist. they are to erect brick building
thereon. - John Anderson has sold out his
store and is to move to New York. - Mrs McCarroll has
been deranged all winter. She is now better and appears
more rational. - You wish to know what business
I am pursuing. I was very reluctantly obliged this
spring to commence the business I was engaged in last
season. That is, draging [dragging?] calves, sheep, little
lambs &c to the slaughter and applying their flesh for the
use and sustainance [sustenance?] of man that business is
very dull, so many opposers and undersellers that it is almost good
for nothing. I must however, do a little, still waiting
with hopeful expectations that some other business will
soon offer, which I would willingly accept. - You
enquire whether I am contented with the above occupation.
Dear Sir, Saint Paul tells us "that contentment with godliness
is great gain" and "that in whatsoever station we are placed,
we should therewith be content". But there is a natural
propensity in the human breast warring against the admonitions
of Paul, when our temporal concerns are not reconciled to the
mind, that renders our desires and inclinations dissatisfied
so that "the good that we would, we do not, and the evil
that we would not, that we do".
Our little family are all well, thank the
Almighty giver of every good and perfect gift.
They all join me in love to you
and yours, and may your temporal
life be attended with happiness
and your eternal life crowned
with everlasting joy is the sincere wish of
Your affectionate Brother,
M.D. Burnet Esq.