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Title: John Kelly, Wilkins' P.O., Allegheny to "Dear Mary"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileKelly, John/13
SenderKelly, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationteacher?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAllegheny, Penn., USA
Recipient Genderfemale
Relationshipfriends? relatives?
SourceThe Kelly Family Documents: Copyright Retained by The Ulster American Folk Park
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.300012
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 14:03:00.
Word Count358
TranscriptWilkins' p.o. March 24./66

Dear Mary

As Ellen & Doll are
the Martha's of your house,
you must be the Mary &
Secretary. I waited a week to
know Robert's fate, but Mr
White & Harbaugh being
absent, we know not whether
he will be restored, & your
not coming may have an
unfavorable result in the Board.
They were highly pleased with
their visit & delighted with the
situation [-?] the Farm, & they say
like the Candidate who could
not be elected for want of votes,
you cannot be at home till you
have society & Voters around You
I wrote a long letter to day to
David, addressed as much to the
Ladies as to him, knowing that he
visits them frequently. I informed
him that Mother & I expected to
be in St Louis about the middle
of next month.
Fan & family are well but,
as usual, - no girl. it renders
it very unpleasant for us that
she cannot keep help. wages
still advancing & services less
efficient. Our neighbor Bard
& old Mrs McFarland agree so
badly that he is obliged to remove.
He goes to Sandusky St on
first of April, next, he rents there
Furniture of Saint Charles' Hotel
all selling off, & Mr Sherles
returning to it, Mr Liggett went
in yesterday & bought a quantity of
beds & bedding. Fan rises by day
light and prepares breakfast.
I am just asking myself
if I am likely to possess
vigor sufficient to preside
at your Blackboard
with a, large Class, composed
of Yourself Budd & Miss
Carie, in Algebra & Elementary
Geometry. I opine I would
have you fit to solve simple
Equations in two months by
devoting two hours daily to
this study. It may be
encouraging for you to know, that
the great Philosopher Plato was
asked what he thought they were
all doing in Heaven," replied
every one of them reading Geometry."
but I must wait, first to arrive in
Me. [Maine?] before I plan building
houses. Present our love to all &
as Carie says she cant love every
body. I can't write every body's
John Kelly
more soon.