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Title: Eliza Marshall, Belfast to Isabella Allen, Augusta.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMarshall, Eliza/224
SenderMarshall, Eliza
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBelfast, N.Ireland
DestinationAugusta, Georgia, USA
RecipientAllen, Isabella
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1558/1/2/40 : Presented by F. D. Campbell Allen Esq, 15 LondonRoad, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9805145
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 08:05:98.
Word Count814
TranscriptBelfast, Jany 9 1839
I have just got breakfast despatched and I am likely
now to have a quiet hour. I see not what better I can do,
than sit down to my desk, by the side of a blazing fire
in the parlour, and talk a little while with you, my
dear sister and brother. I think I have already given
you two stormy epistles and I am afraid this must be one
also, in one sense at least, for I have to talk of the
most tremendous storm with which we have all been visited.
On Sunday night when we had all retired, Rosy and I,
to your little room, where we have established ourselves
for the winter as being warmer, and cosier, than the
large room we were awakened by a tremendous crash, and then
another and another, till we fairly sat up in bed forthere
was no use lying down, when about half past two,
in came mother, with a candle, looking the picture of
disway and she gave us, such a terrfic accounts of the
storm in front, that up we rose , and in the lobby met
father looking if possible more raised, and aburned. We
went up stairs, and I asssure you anything equal to the
thundering, and rattling, and whizzing through the roof
we never heard ; I can liken to nothing but the most awful
thunder and bullets over head. My Father, got up one of the
heavy weights of the jack, and two sticks, to try to keep
the roof down (for about two square feet were completely
bared) and he succeeded, for although the storm increased
very much afterwards, yet nothing more was stripped, and
he and Mother came down to the parlour and sat through the
worst, when they ventured to go to bed again. You can
imagine poor Mary, she lay trembling and dancing in bed
till she could bear it no longer, and up she got, raised
Jane. and on the stairs at our room, we met, Mary, with
all her bed cloathes [Clothes ?] gathered round her, and
Jane lighting her with a lantern, the former looking like
a ghost and Jane following trembling, Then look at your
two poor little sisters, with their nightcaps on and cloaks,
standing condoling with the others, and starting at every
rumbling of the roof Really the group was too ludicrous at
last for me, and in the midst, I burst out laughing, Ross
joined, and we only wanted the great roar to complete the
chorus, I assure you would both have been amused, as well
as terrified, and Poor Isabel would have given us one of
her irresistable laughs. After a while (as our room was
comparatively quiet) we thought fit to retire once more,
and try to sleep, which we succeeded in doing about five,
and did not waken till after nine, We had imagined ourselves
had suffered more than anyone else, but we soon learned
quite the reverse That Mr Hodgson's house was almost
unroofed. Dr Stevensons very much injured, and all the
back sections of Mr Blair's houses quite stripped. Mrs
Tennant's chimmney falling on Mr Steveleys laboratory, his
again on James McAdank's, and so on, Margaret's escaped
pretty well. Uncle James was much injured by the falling
of Mr Fleuton's chimmney, In fact scarcely a house has
escaped. We have not been able to get down street since,
for the next day, on came heavy snow, but as we have got
a covered car now ,a nice new car, and as the mare has
just gone to be rough shod, we hope to see your Mother
in Law and shall report of her before I close this. The
chimmneys of seven or eight factories have been blown
down, and many poor creatures will be out of work for
some weeks at least, which is a most lamentable thing
at this season. My preoccupation has consisted in reading
aloud [___?] as (Rose could not, owing to a cold in the
head) housekeeping and mending and making neccessary
habiliments Is not this enough ? It is now growing quite
dark and as it is nearly post time I shall bid you goodbye
for a little while. Your eyes must be strained reading
this crossing but as I like to receive a well crossed
letter, so do I like to send you the same hoping you
will perceive it with as much pleasure, as I do yours
I cannot tell you how gladly I drew out the three
shillings and tenpence for your last. I know no money
which is given away so readily and cheerfully Just to
be assured you are both in good health is indeed [___?]
conselling May we receive the same assurance in every
letter Is the sincere and earnest prayer of
your ever affectionate and loving
Little Sister
Eliza Marshall