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Title: Jane Ellen Orr, Portaferry, to John M. Orr, Chicago.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileOrr, Jane Ellen/91
SenderOrr, Jane Ellen
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProb. Protestant
OriginPortaferry, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationChicago, Illinois, USA
RecipientOrr, John M.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by John McCleery, 80 Circular Road, Belfast,BT4 2GD.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9702149
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 10:02:97.
Word Count724
TranscriptPortaferry 6th Augt. 1847 Friday

My Dear John
Tom Maxwell has just been bidding us "Good
byes," he is leaving this in the morning for New York,
and has kindly offered to take a letter for you, and
try and find out your address, and have it posted in
America. This is now the fourth letter that has been
written to you. I received yours of the 15th July and
on that day wrote you a tremendously long one addressed
to Chicago, but I much fear that there is very little
chance of you ever receiving it, we were much annoyed that
you did not receive either of Dada's letters, I can't
imagine how they had gone astray. Should you go to Chicago,
I suppose we will not hear so regularly from you, as I
believe letters going or coming so far inland are very
apt to go astray. Surely you have seen Tom Warnock
before this, I am sure you would be astonished to see him
landing. I wonder how he likes America, he has seen a
good deal of it by this time, I daresay. I suppose you
have seen the "Falls of Niagara", I should like to know
what you thought of that splendid scene, for splendid
it must be from all accounts. I am sure sailing through
all the lakes to Chicago would be delightful. We are all
very anxious to know what you are about, whether you have
got a situation, or whether you have commenced on your
own account, or if there is any chance or your succeeding
- all these things we would like exceedingly to know, but
I suppose we will have to wait some time yet before our
curiosity is satisfied.
We received your two last papers from Caledonia. I hear
Uncle James of Belfast got one from you also at the
same time. Anna & Mary McCleery are still with us,
they leave on Monday morning, they have been a fortnight
here to-day. "I guess" you are "summat" of a Yankee now, I
am sure you cut a great swell in America. I would like very
much to get a peep at you, particularly when you have got
the breast pin in. When you and Tom Warnock would meet I am
sure you would have a wonderful lot of things to tell each
other. He would not be able to give you much P'ferry
[Portaferry?] news, as he left this about a week after
you, his friends will be anxious until they hear from him.
Miss M. Warnock is still in Scotland, I fear she is still
continuing very poorly. all the others are quite well.
Rachel and Sarah are just gone up the street this moment.
I believe E.A. McCleery sent you a paper by the last mail,
my Father sent you one also. John McCullough is here now,
he came last night to Dr. Filson's, his eyes are very weak,
he has come for the benefit of the salt water, and I believe
intends remaining for some time. Isabella and Mary F [Filson?]
are not home yet, they have been in Belfast more than
two months. John F [Filson?] is growing very fast, he
will be a very nice lad indeed. He intends going to
America when his education is finished. This will be a sad
deserted place, it is bad enough as it is but after some time
it will be worse. I wish we were all going to America.
James McDonnell has been improving his house very much,
he has built a kitchen backwards & has made the old one a
parlour. Joe Wallace has raised the lower part of his
house, and made it the same height as the part his ware-room
is in. I hear of several others that are going to make
improvements. What is the American Music like? I suppose
you have heard a great deal of it. Do you know many
young ladies that play on the piano? I think I must have done
as Maggy is anxious to finish this epistle. I think I
have not left much room, but she can write next time.
We are all quite well. With love to you, in which I am
joined by all here I remain dear Johnny your affectionate
sister - Jane Ellen Orr
Remember me to T. [Tom?] Warnock