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Title: Letter from Abraham Patterson, Ohio, To William Hunter, Tyrone, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePatterson, Abraham/19
SenderPatterson, Abraham
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationworks at a furnace
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOhio, USA
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientHunter, William
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD.1441/6: Presented by Mrs. R. J. Spence, Tyrone, Ireland.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Belfast.
Doc. No.9410501
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 24:10:1994.
Word Count568
TranscriptGallia Furnace Ohio July 10th 1852

Dear Mr. Hunter
of late I received a letter
from John McCord stating that he had
recently been on a visit in Tyrone, and
had the pleasure of calling upon you
I am happy to learn that my friends
in that locality are well, tho [though?] in numbers
they may be few, I am led to understand
that a vile report has got up against me
in respect to a [polluted?] girl whose
misfortune is manifest, of which a charge
thank God I am [innocent?], and think it
right to justify my [innocence?] [though?] in a
far western world. It appears that poor
unfortunate McDonald has had [two?]
children charging me as being the Father
of one and [Thomas?] Campbell of the other, think
you my Dear Sir that I fell from grace
so low, or that I would make so little of
myself, it was also reported that I gave
her new Dresses, but that was also [false?]
as I solemnly vow before God and Man
I never had anything to do with that girl
But let her be sworn before witnesses
and perhaps she will tell the truth
poor Ireland it is no wonder she is but
a byword among the Nations, She may well
hang her harp upon the willows in the
midst thereof
It is a matter of much gratification to
me that I am at such a distance as
five thousand miles from the Slander and
talk of the inhabitants of poor Stewartstown
they may talk but it does me no harm
here it is quite different every one minds
their own business, I should stop to tell
you that trade is [doing?] well here we
sell upwards of a hundred Dollars worth per day
an iron furnace is a Money Making trade
in this Country, This furnace property is
valued at one hundred thousand Dollars
the last six months she cleared 66 thousand
five hundred dollars, a labouring hand
here is provided with a free house & garden
full pasture for a horse cow & hogs
and gets a Dollar per day for every
day he works, a girl to hire out gets
2 dollars per week being £20.16 british per year
So you may conclude that folks Dress
up well here, Ladies go round hunting
up Beaus
In Ireland a Ladies work
Is for to knit and sew
But here it is their whole employ
to dress and catch a beau
The harvest is now all but down
Tobacco will be a good crop this year, and
the vineyards look beautiful.
This summer is oppressively hot
the sweat is seldom dry upon a person
I am glad to learn of Betty still living
with you I expect she can nurse too
as well as cook, [Charles?] Donnelly has also
returned, I hope his visit to the new [world?]
fattened him had he came up West to
to the queen City of Cincinnatti he might
probably have stopped longer, But I
suppose he thought too much long after
Betty to remain on these shores
You might show this letter to John [Dunseath?]
and Doctor Whittle as respecting that
charge it is [false?] Please give my love to
Mrs Hunter, Betty, [Charles?] Donnelly with
any other inquiring friends,
hoping you will write soon, excuse
this as written in haste, not paying your
letters, Believe me Dear Mr. Hunter
Ever to remain affectionately
Abraham Patterson