Main content

Title: William Mitchell, New Orleans to His Wife, Londonderry
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMitchell, William/5
SenderMitchell, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationship captain?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DestinationDerry, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1665/1/2: Presented by Mrs O'Neill, 20 Grange Road, Ballymena, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9012044
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 10:12:1993.
Word Count312
TranscriptNew Orleans 8th of Feburary 1849

Dear Wife
I send these few lines to let you
know of our safe arrival here after a long passage
of 64 Days but thank God we are all Well, and I
hope you and the children are all well at Home.
We arrived here on Monday Evening & got into a berth
to discharge the same Evening, & commenced on tuesday to
put out the salt. I expect to morrow [tomorrow?] to have all
out, so we will not be long here, so we are going to take all
Corn, the post closes to morrow [tomorrow?], so you will have
this by the first packet, and if all goes well we will not be
long after it. the first night we got here the most
of the crew run away, and along with them David &
Bradley, which I am sorry to say, I think two very bad boys,
they got into the hands of these man catchers [?] and made them
crazy, and got their Cloathes [Clothes?] away before I or the
Capt [Captain?] knew they had any intention of running. they
have left without any cause for no one ever touched either of them
or gave them any Occasion to run from the ship. Dear wife tell
Mr O'Donnell I have seen Thomas and Andy O'Donnell is here
also & desired me to let his mother know he is well. I have
seen Mr Mundell but have not been to see Mrs M [Mundell?] yet
the Fever & Cholera has been very rife here but not many
cases at present, the ship Superior arrived the day before us &
will be sailing from here about the same time that we expect to sail
in 8 or 9 days.
Remember me to all our friends & give my love to the Children
and believe me Dear Wife your Loving Husband
Wm [William?] Mitchell