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Title: Tom Black, Chicago to [Thomas Hall, Junior?], Armagh.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlack, Tom/55
SenderBlack, Tom
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationLoughgall, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientHall, Thomas Jr
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2041/13: Purchased From J. A. Gamble Esq., 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast 15.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9311001
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C McK., 02:11:199
Word Count675
Transcript[Eden Cottage?]
Loughall [Loughgall?]
[County Armagh?]

From: Tom Black,
342 Winchester Avenue,

342 Winchester Ave [Avenue?]
Sept 24 90 [1890?]

My Dear Uncle
I received your welcome letter dated the 4th allright
[alright?] And I am glad to know you are all well.
Florrie & Edna have gone back to school & like it very
well. Florrie is learning to speak German or Dutch it is a
great deal used here, there are so many Dutchmen here we
have all nations here. The Chinese are very ugly & a great
deal despised here as all the money they make they send it
back to China. They will not be allowed to enter the United
States any more. most of them here have a laundry & work
like a woman Some of them have cigar factories but are very
hard to deal with & do not get much custom. I had a letter
from George Lawson & he has just returned from the Isle of
Man & is a great deal better & says he had an awful good
time. Yankee you know.
The [There?] was an accident up at my place of business
early this morning. One of the night Street cars or Tram
cars as you Old Country folks call them fell into the
Chicago river between one & two OClock well I will try &
describe it well there is a bridge ove [over?] the Railroad
& from it there is a decline to the River well on the river
there are swinging Bridges to let the vessels come up & go
down the River well when the street car was on the first
bridge the driver tried to put on the brake & it would not
work so he put his whole weight to it & the chain broke &
he saw the bridge was swinging so he yelled to the
passengers to jump for their lives which they did just in
time when Horses & car fell into the River the Horses were
drowned but no human being was lost I saw the car in the
water standing on one end & saw them pulling it out. I did
not see them pulling the Horses out but saw them after it.

I suppose you have a lot of fruit this year. How is your
young Orchard getting on I suppose you will have a Splendid
one. I see all kind of fruit here every day we have grapes
at dinner nearly every day the [they?] are very cheap only
5c [cents?] per lb or 2 1/2d so thats not
You did not know I was a board of Trade man & I have my
badge which is like this & I wear it pinned on my breast
whil [while?] I am on Exchange our firm is a board of Trade
firm & it is a good thing for a young fellow if he get (sic)
in it as he meets with the leading business men of the city.
I am writing this while the others are out & left me here by
myself I am going to address the envelope with the
Typewriter so you can see how handy I have got, being able
to work the Typewriter I must write a letter to you on it
some day it is not busy we have to [two?] of them in the
office two nice young ladies to operate them. it has been wet
to day & the streets are very wet. I have not any more as it
is time for me to go to bed as I have to be up at 6OC
[6 o'clock?] in the morning. We did not hear from Uncle John
since we came here & we have been expecting one this long
time it is a wonder he does not write, I have no more at
present hoping you are all as well as we are.
I remain Dear Uncle
Your affect [affectionate?] Nephew
T [Tom?] A Black

Please excuse writing & spelling as I am writing very fast &
am in in (sic) a hurry to go to bed
A B [Black?]