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Title: Maggie Black, Adams Street, Chicago, to her Mother
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlack, Maggie/17
SenderBlack, Maggie (n. Hall)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationLoughgall, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs Hall
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2041/13: Purchased From J.A. Gamble Esquire, 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast 15
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310727
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 25:10:1993.
Word Count1476
TranscriptTo: Mrs Hall,
Eden Cottage,
County Armagh,

From: Maggie Black (nee Hall),
602 W. [West?] Adams Street,
May 16 1890

602 W. [West?] Adams St [Street?]

16th May 90 [1890?]

My dear Mamma
At last we have got to our destination and I am so
thankful. We reached New York on Monday evening but did not
land until Tuesday morning. Willie Patterson was there to
meet us we got thro' [though?] the customs splendidly I was
fortunate enough to be examined by a very nice gentleman We
had all our baggage open and in readiness when he came
round he never opened the lid of one of the larger cases and
several of the smaller ones he passed over too & those he
did examine was merely a form of course he asked me what I
had got in the cases & boxes if they had been in use & how
long. I had to swear a declaration to that effect I thanked
him for being so kind to me & he said I guess if I turned
them out you would have more trouble to pack them again when
we were done there Willie Patterson & I went to see about
what freight would be charged for the transit of the large
cases (the captain told me on board ship to send them on as
freight) I had to pay a little over £3 on them & judging
from what they charged me on them from Dungannon to Derry I
think it was not too much. Then we had to go & have checks
for all our baggage these checks are little squares of brass
with different numbers on them they strap one on each box
& give you a duplicate for all you retain until you arrive
at the depot or station in Chicago when you present your
checks you get all your baggage as the [they?] call handed
over to you once you have the checks the railway Co
[Company?] are responsible for your property but you cannot
claim it if you lose them you never have to look after them
for the remainder of the journey. When we got this part of
our business over we went to a resturant [restaurant?] &
had dinner as we had a very early breakfast & it was then
near 2 oclock [o'clock?] When we had refreshed ourselves in

this way we went over the famous Brokylin [Brooklyn?] Bridge
up & down Broadway a street 4 1/2 miles long & very
fashionable then to Central Park I could not give you an
idea of such grandeur carriages by the hundred out driving
thro [through?] it for pleasure New York is an awfully large
busy place I could not describe it. Our train did not leave
until half past 8 oclock [o'clock?] on Tuesday evening so we
had time to see a good deal of it.
Willie Patterson stayed with us all the day & saw us off I
never could have managed without him or someone like him. We
were in the train from that till half-past eight oclock
[o'clock?] yesterday morg [morning?]! I was never so tired
in all my life bad as the voyage was & me so sick I would
prefer it to the train it was awful Lytle & Mr. Anderson
were to meet us & you can imagine what a glad meeting that
was!! Lytle looks very well indeed & seems as happy as can
be. after we came here & had breakfast & rested a little he
took the children and me over to see our new home at
Winchester Avenue I am greatly pleased with it it is a house
of two flats ours is on the second flour [floor?] but we
have our own hall door & staircase there is an outer door
form the street and about six steps up to this door then
ours opens on the right hand & the other house on the left.
there is a drawing room & one bedroom in front folding doors
off the drawing room into another room something like a
library as it has a large glass book case on top & [-----?]
so many drawers underneath off this room there is a large
recess which we propose screening off to make a bedroom for
Tom then there is a passage off which there are two bedrooms
clothes-rooms with shelves & hooks complete bath-room &
w.c. [water closet?] combined. then a nice kitchen & pantry
the back door opens out to a kind of balcony which is all
the garden we have it will do for drying clothes when we
get lines put up. then off this there is a stair down to the
yard which we occupy with the family below to whom both
houses belong. everything in and about seems quite new &
fresh I just wish I could take you thro [through?] it. the
rent is high tho [though?] compared with Ranfurly Terrace
£48 per year of our money pair [per?] monthly. The rents of
all the houses are very high I find. We afterwards went over
to see Mrs Anderson & family they were greatly pleased to see
us. we had tea as they were just at lunch when we entered. it
seems the folk here take a light lunch about 1 oclock
[o'clock?] & don't dine until 5 or 6 oclock [o'clock?] which
does supper as well. so we shall be quite aristocratic!! Mrs
Anderson came over here this morning & helped us to select
some furniture for our wee house we have to buy a range or

stove ourselves which will cost a good deal we got two
bed-room suites & three beds a table & six chairs for a
common sitting room & a couch the furniture is all a kind
of stained wood. I did not see a bit of mahogany since I
came of course there are different qualities walnut oak etc
etc [et cetera?] it is just as cheap if not cheaper than in
Ireland it will not be delivered until Monday so we are not
settled yet. Lytle took a bedroom next door for ourselves &
Margaret & the children sleep in his bed. Tom sleeps in
this house too of course we all have breakfast & dinner
together here we hope to be in our own house on Monday or
Tuesday at the latest as we shall then be able to live
cheaper provisions & everything except rent is as
reasonable as at home dress materials are much the same but
it is the making up that is expensive.
I think Margaret will be staying on here. Lytle had the
place waiting for her she is to get 3 or 3 1/2 dollars to
begin with so that she has not long to wait.
I think we shall like this country very much the folk all
seem kind and sociable and this old man of mine is so good
and attentive to us that up to the present I am not
homesick! and once we get our things in I expect to be
pretty busy. there is a bedroom & front parlour we intend
to try and let after a little and it will reduce our rent.
our cases are not forward [forwarded?] yet from New York they
were to have been here to-day but have not arrived so we cannot
do anything but take it easy for a little I shall
get into lazy habbits [habits?] I'm afraid if it goes on
much longer like this.
I hope to be able in my next to give you more particulars
as to the customs of the people but I have not discovered
a very great difference for so far. [sic]
Lytle says his business is on the increase & hopes to soon
be able to make a good thing of it. he sells groceries of
all kinds as well as flour & grain. so I trust in a short
time we shall be as comfortable as ever we were & when
Dada & you pay us that visit you promised we shall be able
to entertain you and "show you around" I guess!!!
We are to have dinner at W Anderson's tomorrow after
church Florrie & Edna were there yesterday. I think we
shall not want for friends I cannot believe I am in
America at all somehow but it seems far more than a
fortnight since Dada left us at Derry!
Now this has been all about ourselves but I wanted to
write you as fully as I could at first about little
How are all at home? Is Annie better? & is she still in

the notion of America? We have all recovered from our
sickness & in our usual health again. Hoping to have a long
letter soon & often from some of ye [you?]
I am with love to all joined with Lytle & the children your
fond daughter