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Title: Mary Hunter to Jane Nettleton, U.S. Former Wife of Henry Johnson.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHunter, Mary/37
SenderHunter, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
RecipientNettleton, Jane
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT3081: Purchased from Metropolitan Toronto Library Board
ArchiveThe Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9406170
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 09:06:1994.
Word Count1069
TranscriptMarch 30th 1851

Dear Jane --
My father was in Antrim on the 25th March and received your
letter Ann brought it up to me and I never received a letter in all
my life was more welcome to me for we were all afraid that something
was the matter on account of no letters coming from some of you we
are so happy in hearing you are all well as these few lines leaves
us at present thanks be to God for all his mercies to us Father and
mother brothers and sisters and their families is all well our
sister Margaret has a fine son and they call him Samuel likewise
William a son it is not baptised yet and Langfords mistress has
twins they call them Anne and Arthur. dear Jane we are all so happy
in hearing that Isabella has been with you all winter and I hope
that you all will be a confort [comfort?] one to the other Dear
Jane we want to know what your daily work is or if you have any help
and what Isabella is doing likewise Sarah and her family their
employment. Thomas is off the notion of going out for sometime as
we hope and trust that Mr. Knox will turn out better than we
expect. Uncle Samuel Manderson died in December last and they are
all in black and likewise Mr. Hunter of the Hillhind is dead. Dear
Jane we are all thankful now to God for removing our Dear sister
Eleanor for she had no prospect of happiness here unless Robert had
reformed and I am sorry to say their [there?] is no amendment as
yet Dear Jane they have no female inside their house so you may
guess the way they live Dear Jane Anne and Betty went in and took
all her good clothes likewise her brooches and forefinger ring with
enough to do I got a woolen [woollen?] scarf and a dark blue silk
velvet bonnet Robert sent me four of her wearing coats that they
had left and I sent them to Margaret. Jane Gibson is a fine child
and is beginning to walk she is red haired she is with the nurse as
yet Langford is doing well in Antrim and I can assure you if they
do not it is not her fault William has got James Gibs place and our
old farm so he has above one hundred acres of land Dear Jane their
[there?] are a great many changes since you left this Young William
McFarland has got William Molyneaux's farm called forcer Hugh
McClure (is out of his place and his cousin McClure has got it) has
got Mrs.Allens farm and they have got rough William Wilson's farm
Henery [Henry?] Gillespie is home Mr. Morrison's trial never was
published they have ordained a Mr.Orr last week in the Courthouse
Anne, Betty Thomas Mary and Jane were present at it my father has
not give up his seat yet Ann and Betty attends Mr.Orr with Langford
as he is a hearer they are going to build a new meeting house but
where it is not known Dear Jane what have I to tell you my Aunt
Mary has got in five teeth that cost her 5œ [œ5?] May Ann has had
no more children since you left this but the old complaint has broke
in her jaw Aunt Palmer continues with Mr.McFarland and she is now
on a visit at Mr.McCervel and we expect she will visit us all Mr.
and Mrs. Crawford never was at my fathers the year that Langford was
away untill [until?] a few days after they came home then Mr. and
Mrs.Crawford and Mrs.McFarland and Mr. and Mrs. Mc Cevil came with a
present of ten pounds to Ann she was not willing to take it but my
father urged her to take it well then you see that money makes the
mare go for she has got two fine offers since the one is John
Connor the other is James Hunter my Aunt Sally's brother but if Ann
knew I wrote this nonsense she would ------ as for Betty and James
they are still -- not [knot?] might be tied soon and it --- --- ---
Dear sister I must tell you this ---- week before last all night my
father --- paying his rent and my mother sent for me
--- her will then I need not tell you that you were all our
---------- about none of you writing to some of us you may let Sarah
and Bella know that we roasted a we [wee?] bit of beff
[beef?] that night our markets is as follows wheat 9s, potatoes
from 3 to 5s. per hundred, butter 10d per pound pork is as high as
44s per hundred beef from 3d to 6d per pound, mail [meal?] from 10s
to 10s 6d per hundred
Dear Jane I want you to let us know if you have a place of worship
near you or what kind it is or if ever a clergyman visits you for
above all things in this world we should all worship God with all
our hearts and minds and then our trials will be light to us Dear
Jane if you write me once a year itself and I will answer it if
health permits My father and mother sends their kindest love and
blessing to you all and likewise brothers and sisters Thomas and
the children joins me in love to you and husband two little children
and likewise
to William McKeen and Sarah and family and in particular to Bella I
must conclude with praying the Almighty to bless and be with you all
is the sincere wish of your brother and sister to death

Thomas and Mary Hunter.

P.S. My mother says she does not know any particular way of making
her cheese sharp but she wishes to know your dayly
[daily?] employment all in the first letter that any of you sends
and let us know how you make you [your?] suger [sugar?] and your
sape and bakes your bread and she desires me to let you no [know?]
that she prays for you all night and morning and hopes that you all
do the same and may God bless you all to meet here or hereafter is
the sincere wish of Mary Hunter