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Title: Mrs. Whitelaw, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to "My dear William"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMrs Whitelaw/3
SenderMrs Whitelaw
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLebanon, Penn., USA
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD/1270/4: Presented by Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra Manor, Holywood, Co. Down
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9808237
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 11:08:98.
Word Count926
TranscriptLebanon Jany 22 1851

My dear William
I have not heard from Sarah since your cousin
Kane came out I wrote to you and her on the 2 Dec last and
we all feel miserable about her as we know had she been well
she would have written long since the only hope we can
reasonably entertain is that perhaps, her letter or letters
have been mislaid I can bear the uncertainty no longer and
entreat you my dear W. [William?] to write immediately on
rev [recieving?] and let me hear the worst - anything is
better than this cruel suspense surely you wuuld have written
I often argue with myself if Sarah was dangerously ill or
could not write herself - every day for the last 3 weeks we
have been watching for the Post how with almost feverish
anxiety - but "no letter" is still the answer - I hope Mary
Jane has regained her usual health and that the
children have got well over the winter it will be spring ere
you recieve [receive?] this. I believe you have had what they
call here a warm winter but we think it a very severe one -
what is really unpleasant and unhealthful is the sudden
change in the weather - some days in this month were like
fine spring weather, and others like days in Nova [Jimbla?]
- I dont know how many degrees below zero - so cold that I
really felt as if my blood was frozen, and as if I would
never wish to get out of my bed again - your Uncle never
get better health and all the family except poor Anna
whose very delicate indeed we all like living here
better than Cincinnati - it is a very pleasant and moral
town - no intoxicating liquors permitted to be sold except
in Drug Stores and in small quantities - how would that do
inone of our Irish towns of 2500 inhabitants? say K-D or
Clones- there does not appear to be any poor - I know of
none - very few keep over one servant - and am sure
there are not 5 houses in the town that have 2 - except
Hotels the Houses are generally better than those of Clones
- none so bad as those in shamble - [Care?] or Fermanagh
sheds - there are 9 good Churches of different creeds -
but no roman Catholic one - there are a good many colored
people free - of course - and their dwellings are very neat
and particularly clean - they are the only persons we can
hire to do any work. [---?] spent a week with us lately
- he is very well - we hear Dick Jackson will be married
in July to a Miss [--ott?] - a niece of W. O. Kidd she
is a agreeable nice young lady - I saw her when hiring in
Cin - I hear no word of John settling himself I think he
feels he ought not while his mother and sisters require
his help indeed all the boys contribute largely to
their support - the Education of the girls is expensive -
Ellen is a first rate performer on the Piano and both
Lizzy and Maggie play better than most private performers
in the old country - we were all greatly shocked by the
account of poor John Jackson's affairs I think he is one
who ought to try this country - G [Meninon?] wrote that D
Kidd was very attentive to our dear Sarah while she was
at your house. I would except every thing kind as [torn]
friendly from him, when was he otherwise? always when you
write let me hear of him very few I respect or esteem more
you may rely that he is a most worthy man - and say how
his sons are doing - do you know any of the other Kidds? My
heart still warms to the name - my Aunt Harpur the last
of my mother's family appears to have quite forgotten my
existence - will you put an envelope on the enclosed for
her - and the others as directed - I feel interested to
hear how you are getting on in your new employment - I hope
you are doing well - tell me all about yourself M [Mary?]
Jane and the children - I think she might often write to
me if she knew how glad I would be to hear of each and
every one of your little family she would, and she would
enter into details concerning the little ones which I
would love to hear. that you never do - all send their
love to you and yours and believe, my dear Wm [William?]
that your souls eternal happiness is subject of many a
prayer - I never forget you and your wife and little ones
- May God Almighty Bless you and them as He only can Bless
is the same frequent prayer of your fond Aunt Whitelaw
When you write say how is Aunt Kane and family [---?] tells
me John was very sorry leaving he says he thonks he will
not go back - he feels the sorrow leaving so deeply -
poor Aunt and the girls how my heart sympathised with them
- h says he is a very wise fellow also particularly mention
Aunt Kirke [Kirk?] and family how many subjects of interest
have you to write of? and how seldom you indulge poor old
Aunt Whitelaw