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Title: R. J. Alexander, San Francisco to [David Alexander, Co. Armagh?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileAlexander, Robert J/36
SenderAlexander, Robert J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSan Francisco, California, USA
DestinationCo. Armagh, N.Ireland?
RecipientAlexander, David
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2461/2/5: Photocopied by Courtesy of John Boyd Esq.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405306
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 11:05:1994.
Word Count348
Transcript810 Twenty First St
San Francisco
Aug 29/89 [1889?]

Dear Brother

I received your letter of Aug 6th
a few days ago and am always happy to hear
from you and rejoiced to know that you are
all well and doing comparatively well which
is more than ever one does who comes to this
country although there are more chances here
for a man to succeed in life but there are
a great many little comforts to be found
in the old country which are not to be
found in every day [everyday?] life here. In fact life
is too much of a race for riches here and
everyone cannot draw a prize.
I have not become rich myself but have
not much reason to complain as I have fair
health and a good position and might be
pretty well off by this time but for some
bad speculations I made some years ago
which crippled me for quite a time
In fact I am not quite over it yet but it
is a thing I don`t talk about as it don`t
do any good and I have hopes of being
all right financially some day
As soon as I get time and money to
spare I want to take six months of a holiday
to myself for a good rest and recreation
and visit the old country and some other
parts of this country, I feel the need of a
change sometimes
I read your letter to [?] and Selina.
Selina says she wrote you two letters since she
had that operation performed last year, yet you
say it is 16 months since you got any. They
must have gone astray.
There is nothing particularly new here to
report. my own family and the boys and Selina
are all well. Jane McGurrin (Harrison)
has some pretty sick spells lately. It is a
pitty [pity?] your little girl Edith Margaret is so delicate
Is there no prospect of her growing out of it as she
gets older?
Remember me to Mary Ann & Thos [Thomas?] Craig with
best wishes for all yours affectionate brother
R. J. Alexander