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Title: M. Murphy, Pennsylvania, to Hugh Donnan, Cahard, Co. Down
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMurphy, M/9
SenderMurphy, M
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAllegheny, Penn., USA
DestinationSaintfield, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientDonnan, Hugh
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD2795/5/2/7: Presented by Mrs C Donnan, Cahard, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9501341
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:01:1995.
Word Count818
TranscriptFor Mr Hugh Donnan
In Care of
Mr Andrew Wilson
Saintfield Co Down
June 24th
Dublin Belfast KPO
Saintfield Ju - 23 74

Allegheny May 6 1874

Mr Hugh Donnan.
Dear Sir
We received your letter dated April the 4th
the day after we posted you the few
lines with the likeness which we expect
you have got by this time we are glad
to hear that you are all in good health
we have very wet weather hear [here?] at present
and nearly all the last month has
been very wet business is beginning to
get a little better here it was a
very hard winter with a good many
but thier [there?] is no change with us
we are still getting along as usual
tell Eliza that we can save twice
40 pounds a year if she remembers
I said before we came away that
we would fill the belts and come
home again but she said she was
afraid I could not save that
much if god spares us health we
will be able to fill every empty part
in the belt a great deal sooner nor
ever I thought and if we be as fortunate
for a few years as we have been I
think your mother will have to send
me over another empty belt I am
very glad that I never got entangled
with Browns farm for we can make
the price of a farm much easier in
four or five years nor we could live
in it if he had given it to us for
nothing and he must have seen
trouble coming on the estate or
he would not have ben [been?] so anxious
to give it to us on any terms
I think thier [there?] will not be so much
emigrating to America this spring
I see the ship owners have reduced
the fairs [fares?] greatly you speak about
elections but we have far greater
elections and prossessions [processions?] nearly every
other day and the people here can
far beat your country killing one
another the people here think as little
of killing other as you would
of killing the mise [mice?] in a corn stack.
I am sending you a newspaper
as to that you may see a murder
that was comited [committed?] eight miles from
here and thiers [theres?] the lik [like?] nearly in
every days paper thiers [there's?] no such
thing as fighting here as the [there?]
would about A Saintfield fair
for if ever you get into a fight here
you must either kill or be killed
men are permitted to carry pistols and
large [large?] knives which the [they?] use instead
of fighting with thier [their?] fists I get
time to read everys [every?] days paper
and I have sen [seen?] and heard more
since I came here nor ever I did
in old ireland but you need
not expect them to be good
when the vagabonds of all nations
is rushed in here
you say you have got some good
Tempeles [Temples?] about Saintfield but we
heve got the Woman crusaders which
go around the salons in hundreds
praying and sining [singing?] on the side
walks and gathering great crowds
about them but the [they?] have not scared
the saloon kepers [keepers?] yet I have nothing
of any importans [importance?] to send you
I think I will have to come over
some evening and give you a
chat about the yankees if you
had got the turnips sowen [sown?] send
me word if John sold his young
horse when black billy and brown
Jack had all the work to do
provisions are about the same price
as I sent you before we sent Rebina
to likeness at the same time we sent
yours and you could see if the [they?] got
them we had A letter from my fathers
people a few days ago and sent
them some to and some to Mr Crawford
Eliza sends word for her mother
and Eliza to be sure
to send with you the first
day you go to Belfast to
buy them A wash board for
it is mush eaiser [easier?] she sayes [says?] the [they?]
will wash three shirts easier nor
the do one you will get it in A
hardware store Mrs Crawford had
one and the women all here have them
it is A little frame about fourteen
inchs [inches?] wide and twenty long with
A yince [9 inch?] center and it will only
cost about 20 pence
Eliza wants you to send
her word how Thomas and
Gess and children are
getting along
Please write as usual we are glad
to hear from you and to heare [hear?] A
little about the neighbours and
the country we hardly ever think
any long [longer?] but we dream about
you nearly every night
and hope we shall live to see you
all yet we are all in good health
at present hoping thies [these?] few lines
will find you all shearing [sharing?]
the same great Blessing
when you write direct as usual
Yours Sincerely
M Murphy