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Title: William Porter, U.S.A to Robert Porter, Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePorter, William/10
SenderPorter, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginChebanse, Illinois, N.Ireland
DestinationCo. Armagh? N.Ireland
RecipientPorter, Robert L.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1152/3/22: Presented by Mr Charles Best, Mullaghglass, Bessbrook, County Armagh, Ireland.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9011024
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by B.W. 06:12:1993
Word Count1008
TranscriptTo: Robert L. Porter
[Desert, County Down?]

Chebanse August 7 1871

Robert L. Porter

Dear Brother
I now sit down to write a few lines to you
and all my friends there through you to let you
know how things is going on here with us at present
and I hope this will find you all in good health
there for it is more than I can say of my friends
here we have had what may be called misfortunes
here that is Josephs family has been sorely visited
with deaths son in law and daughter on the 13 April
and Joseph himself on the 23 of July with
colera [cholera?] morbis he was in his usual health on
friday at work and come home at night
complaining of pains in his bowells [bowels?] and he
got a doctor and got worse all night with cramps
to [until?] the[y?] sent for me on Saturday morning that he
was dying but after I went there he got a
little better and got another doctor to we thought
he would over it and I went home and at 3
oclock in the morning there Came another message for me that
he wanted to see me so when I got there he was
past all hopes and he died in my arms at
8 oclock on sunday morning 23 of July
I am not well myself and it affected me very
much for I have not seen any one departing
this life since my Wife in Croan [County Down, Ireland?]
him and I was in Chicago a few days
before trying to settle up the son in laws affairs
and he was just talking of having an insurance
that he had on his life for 1500 dollars changed
into an anuety [annuity?] so that he could have the
benefit himself in his lifetime but now he
has left all behind and Ann will be better
with him dead than alive he was killing
himself paying premiums on insurance for
them that can look well with the benefit
she will receive about 2000 dollars by his death
forby all he had before made over to her he
did not own himself 20 dollars worth in the
world but his tools I did not know that to

now Well now I will tell you something
of my own affairs which is not very good
either in the virst place I would have wrote
before now but was not able since the day
of the funeral as I said before I was sick and
to make matters worse I fell that evening after
coming off my horse and he stood
on me with both his hind feet one on
my left leg above the knee and the other on
my stomach and cut me across just under
the breast bone and broke 4 ribs in my left
side so I did think I would survive long
after Joseph but there was longer days for
me I am now recovered so far as to be able
to take care of the cattle and things we
have just got done making hay and now there
is no one but our selves two we had two men at
it the[y?] put up about 70 tons and the[y?] left on
yesterday so we will not have anyone now to
the corn Husking I may also tell you that I have
come to a very serious loss since I wrote you and
that is by loosing [losing?] 48 acres of land worth 2000
dollars it has been in law for the last three years and
I beat him still but he carried it up to the
Highest court before 7 judges and beat me takes the
land and I must pay all the costs but still it wont
Hurt me bad for I bought as much property last year
as that so I am just where I started a year ago
I had a letter from Samuel Hoans wife and they
are all well she is now living at a place called
pekin [Pekin?] in this state I dont mind [remember?] if I
wrote to you before that Samuel was dead he was a
helpless creature for two years before he died with a
perlatick [paralytic?] stroke he got my daughter Mary Ann is not in good Health for some time Sarah and her husband
is well and so is Joseph the last letter I got from
him he is on a rented farm 60 miles from
here we are having very warm weather here at
present Corn looks good but wheat and oats
was a complete failure eat up with chintz
bugs something similar to what eat young flax
but I had nothing for them to eat for it is all corn
and Hay I have this year I did plant about
a rood of potatoes but there is another bug
here that eat them all up so soon as they

come above ground so if frost keeps off
I will have plenty of corn but if it come too
soon I wont have anything but I have as much
old corn and oats as will do another year anyhow
everything that a farmer has to sell is very low in
price just now lower then [than?] for many years I will
send you a paper with this that will tell you
the prices in Chicago I got 2 lately from you
full of oraneism [Orangeism?] it is transfering
[transferring?] its fights to this country now I hope Mother still retains her memory good and you may tell her that
Joseph died trusting in the blood of Christ
to work out all his sins I hope all my
friends in Mullaglass [Mullaghglass?] is well you will not
be able to read all this for I am not very fit
to write good at present this is wrote outside of
the house in the shade for the flies and heat
is too many for me inside I now close for
I dont think of anything more at present
and I remain your affectionate

Brother William Porter
direct P.O. Box 46