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Title: Jane Ellen Orr, Portaferry, Co. Down, to John M. Orr, USA
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileOrr, Jane Ellen/101
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.9702055
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 31:01:97.
Word Count136
Transcript31 December 1847

My Dear John
Dada tells me that he cannot think of
anything else to say to you and as it would be a great
pity to send this letter away without having the
paper all filled I may as well spend a few minutes
giving you an account of our friends at these
Christmas times. Maria McCleery and E. M. Bailie came
from [P. Loughan?] on this day week, and [Henry?] and
James from Belfast the night before. On Christmas
evening Maggy and I went over to Mr. McCleery's and
had a dance. we were talking of you and John Warnock
several times, and wondering how each of you were
spending your Christmas. On that day last year don't
you remember how we were all seated around the table in
the little sitting room playing the "Old Bachelor." On
Friday evening there was a party there for Mr & Mrs
Dalzell, we danced until one o'clock. the next evening
we were in Mrs Donnan's and were not home until « past
one. We have had rather a gay week considering. John
Filson has just been up for the papers and he told me
that four of the Green's came there last night they almost
always have someone staying with them. Mary Filson is
going to Miss Morris' school on Monday week. Isabella
is growing a very nice girl she is not half so much
affected as she used to be, her visit to Belfast nearly
cured her of that. John Morewood was married on Monday week
to his cousin Dr. Savage's eldest daughter of Moneymore.
They are gone to Dublin to spend the honeymoon -
This is a very cold frosty morning. There was a hard
frost last night, the first we have had this winter.
Influenza is very prevalent now in London there were
1300 of the police ill at the same time. a great many of the
aristocracy have had it, and some of them have died of it.
I have got a slight touch of it this morning, but I am
not very bad.
I suppose by this time you have received my last with Wm.
Henry's epistle in it. He wonders whether you will answer
it or not. Isiah Breakey and a brother of the Mr Breakey's
that preached here before you left P'ferry [Portaferry?]
were here on Monday. Wm. [William?] Henry told them he hoped
they were come to take me with them. I wonder why it is he is
so anxious to get rid of me. I cannot write any more at present.
It will be my turn to write you next month. I must, like the rag man
gather up his notes to have a good budget for you. Maria
McCleery &c &c &c desire their love to you and with love
from all here I remain
dear John
Your affectionate sister
Jane Ellen
My hands are very cold so please excuse the writing, I am not
the best writer in the world at any rate. A happy new year
to you.


You were absent from the last Communion.
What excuse can you make to your Omniscient
King for your disobedience? - to your best Friend
for your ingratitude?

[on reverse of above printed extract]
Perhaps not applicable
For Messrs
Thomas Warnock
J. M. Orr
from one who
loves them both


What excuse can you make to "the Lord of the
Sabbath" for neglecting His worship on His
holy day? Beware! lest at the judgment the
Sabbath be a witness against you.