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Title: Maggie Hall, Chicago to Annie Hall, County Armagh.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlack, Maggie/9
SenderHall, Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationLoughgall, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientHall, Annie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2041/13: Purchased from J.A. Gamble Esquire, Taunton Avenue, Belfast 15
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310728
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 25:10:1993.
Word Count1065
TranscriptTo: Annie Hall,
Eden Cottage,
County Armagh,

From: Maggie Black (nee Hall),
324 Winchester Avenue,
February 12, 1891

342 Winchester ave [Avenue?]
12th Feb [February?] 91 [1891?]

My dear Annie
Your very welcome letter received last week. I was
so glad to get as it seems such a long time since you had
written. I began to think you did not mean to write again.
we are all glad to hear that you are so much stronger &
have got over the Winter so well just take a little extra
care until you get March over and then I trust you'll be
able to leave off the invalid altogether!!
We have passed thro' [through?] quite a sick time lately
but I am thankful to say we are all better now & going on
with our usual work & business. Lytle & myself on Sabbath
week were very poorly. I was getting quite anxious about
him. however he seems all right again and his spirits have
again risen above zero! we had two or three such cold days
last week. one day I believe it was about six below zero.
imagine that we kept up all the stoves night & day & have
all the time since. I was going out to a lecture downtown
& only got a few blocks when I turned back I felt I could
not stand the cold. at any rate I was not feeling well and
I daresay I felt it all the more. it appears they often
have it 20 deg [degrees?] below zero here in Winter and
they all like to have it a little cold in the season it is
better for trade __ health [sic]. We had only a little
shower or two of snow since these days are bright & frosty
& feeling like Spring. We had again the pleasure of
Margaret's company from Friday until Monday afternoon. I
do not know what to make of her she seems to settle no
place I fear she is too lazy or not capable of filling a
situation. she was good enough to do my washing on Monday
before going to her last crib we can see the back of the
house she is living in out of our back porch so suspect we
shall see as much as we want of her at least if she is
allowed out. she thinks if her Mother comes in Spring she
will set up a laundry & they can work together & she is to
dress her mother so fine & take her to the Parks &c &c
[et cetera?] she is silly __ she wonders how ever her
Mother will manage to do without a cap. (all the ladies no
matter how old here wear nothing on their heads not even a
piece of lace. old old ladies with hair like snow with
their [bangs?] cut & curled & their hair done up in
style!!) Margaret got hers cut & paid 50 cents she has got
her picture too a "Cavana" size. You shall have the honour
of receiving I one guess. I had such a nice long letter
from Mrs Sam Wilson this morg [morning?] she gives me such
a lot of news when she writes. she says she never sees any
of you but she asks [fearful?] about you & was so glad to
find you were got so well she is to send me some of her
pictures. just as I had written so far the postman rang
the bell & I have now before me Mr & Mrs Wilson & little
Jack!! & two papers from [Rev?] Mrs Wilson so I am well
done for today. Mrs Wilson has sent me the Witness every
week since I left Dungannon! I gave the Andersons the
reading of it after that it goes to Mr Eccles.
Miss Burke came to see us on Tuesday and remained till
last night! she is just the same giddy little flirt as she
was when in Mrs Sloane's. she says they are thinking of
coming bcak to the city to live. dear knows she's as near
us as we want her to be! she coaxed Tom to go out to Douglas
Park skating the last two nights. We are to have a sociable
on the 20th in connexion [conection?] with our young people's
Christian endeavour society. Tom is now an active member of
it & Florrie a social member as they are called.
Lytle & I are going to a reception at Mrs H[eenn-?] tonight
at 8 o'clock it is Mr H[eenn-?]'s birthday and it is to be
quite an affair I'm at a loss for dresses for these things
I was telling Lytle I thought I should loan one for the
occasion. I got nothing since I came & I have appeared so
often in anyhing I have that I feel shabby but I am not
going to dress any better till I can afford it. we had to
get a suit for Tom on Saturday & it takes quite a lot to do
everything. Lytle got nothing since we came except a hat &
pair of boots. Tom Florrie & Edna have each worn two pairs
of boots besides what they had with them they are worn so
light here that they do not stand much wear & they wear
them so constantly no slippers so when all is kept going it
takes a few dollars to do it without indulging in extras.
Now enough of ourselves __ I was awfully sorry to hear of
poor Billy Bleo[--?]'s death I am sure Dada would be sorry.
he was such an old servant.
I hope Dada & Mamma are quite well & all the others Mr &
Mrs Clemence must be very good to you it is nice for you all
to have their society. I was glad to hear Cindie has got
over her confinement! I hope she is quite strong by this
time I must write her but really seem to have so little
time and then when I do sit down to write I feel rather
unsettled except when writing Cloven Eden & it seems now
almost part of my religion to write regularly there!
Now with our united love to all & hoping you are all well
not forgetting Martha has she picked up ever an old fellow
since old Henry died?
Hoping soon to hear from you again I am dear Annie
Your loving sister