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Title: M. Murphy, U.S.A., to "Dear Friends", Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMurphy, M/14
SenderMurphy, M
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAllegheny, Penn., USA
DestinationSaintfield, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientDonnan, Hugh
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD2795/5/2/8: Presented by Mrs. Chas. Donnan, Cahard, Co.Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9501344
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:01:1995.
Word Count517
TranscriptAllegheny June 10th 1874

Dear friends we have very
poor news to send you this time
our Dear little Samuel is Dead
shortly after we got thier [their?] liknes [likeness?]
taken the [they?] all took the whopping [whooping?]
cough and in about two weeks
Hugh and Minnie took the
measels and were getting better
we thought Samuel was not
going to take them but little
Dear Samuel had to have them
too he took sick on saturday
and Died on wednesday
evening the 3rd of June he
was only five days sick we
don [done?] all that we could do for
him we had three doctors
with him but the [they?] could do nothing
for our Dear little boy as soon
as the measels set in the whopping [whooping?]
cough settled on his lungs and
is eye tooth were cutting all
being on him at the one time
was too much for poor Samuel
you may be sure our grief
is very great at parting with
our Dear all the comfort we have
is that we hope he is in heaven
where I trust we shall all met [meet?]
to part no more Hugh & Miney
are getting well again Samuel
was thriving very fast and
we were very much taken
on with him for he could say
any thing or do any thing we
bid him and was watching for
me coming home every evening
and sat with me while we had
our supper and sung us A little
song which cheered us very
much in A strange land
we feel very much cast down
We buried Samuel in A semitry [Cemetery?]
about A half mile from where
we live it is A nicer burying
ground nor ever you saw in
Ireland the [they?] call it [hilldate?]
it is kept in the best of order
it is the likest to the botanic
gardens that I have seen
we paid six dollars for his
grave the people here bury
with great stile [style?] we gave
18 dollars for his little coffin
it is oak with silver mounting
we had four too [two?] horse cariges [carriages?]
we ought to have wrote sooner
but we [were?] in so much trouble about
him that I could not think of
beginning to it we are looking
every day fore [for?] a letter from
Rebina we posted all our likness
to you and Rebina A good
while ago and we got your
last letter about ten days
ago but we have never got
any word whether you
got the liknes [likeness?] or not we sent
them to Mr Crawford at the
same time and have got one
from him and he has got them
all right from kirkpatricks daughter
that was married to kirk thier [their?] little
boy Died of whopping [whooping?] cough
A little before Samuel
pleas [please?] tell Rebina and the
rest I need not send them
any word I expect we will have
A letter from som [some?] of you
before you get this
write as usual
no more at present
we hope thies [these?] few lines
will find you all well
M. Murphy