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Title: John Smith, Ballymoney, to "Dear Mother", Moycraig.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmith, John/73
SenderSmith, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationinn keeper and distiller
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBallymoney, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationMoycraig, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientSmith, Jane
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1828/48: Presented by James Steele, The Whins, Mosside Ballymoney.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9509026
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 13:09:95.
Word Count477
Ballymoney May 11th 1848

Dear Mother
I wish to inform you that wee [we?] were put
to a little Annoyance on tuesday last the reason of
it was that 20 Soldiers came in to town on their
march from Derry to belfast, and 4 of them was
bilited [billeted?] to us And there we were And not A bed to
lay them on wee [we?] saw no other remedy than to
sit All night our selves And let them to our
beds that wee [we?] were Determined to Doo [Do?] and had the
beds As well prepaired [perpared?] as wee [we?] could for them
As All who holds An inn Are lyable [liable?] to give A
bed or beds to Any man on sutch [such?] a tower [tour?] but
I found out A better plan that was to pay for their
beds out of the house And the [they?] were verry [very?]
civil men and wee [we?] had them only one night, I wish you
to try and get Another bed for me And I will pay
you for it, if you Could get A small ped [bed?] of feathers
any place it would Answer I would like it
James might try and find out if the Maggowns [Magowan?] of
the road side would sell their bed that the [they?] were
talking of selling And if James or any of them would
bee [be?] in Darvock [Dervock?] fair the [they?] might ask
Chestnut Mcmullan [McMullan?] if he would sell the one that he got from
William McCollum And if he would say that he would
sell it I would give him a small proffit [profit?] of it
if wee [we?] had one other bed wee [we?] might Doo [Do?] for
some time I mean untill [until?] I get the Misses and she will
have I expect A good number of them I am
Shure [Sure?] that she will have 2 at the least
one for her self and, I am shure [sure?] that shee [she?]
will have one for me As long As she is
present her self, I want My Father or James
to bee prepaired [be Prepared?] to stay untill [until?] monday
I mean after the Middle Market As I have
A good many things to [--------?] when I go home
if I could but get the time, I am in better
heart now than I was before As this is
by far the best week that wee [we?] have had As yet
and I hope that it will bee [be?] still increassing
[increasing?] And if I had A fair start I think that I would
get on well, wee [we?] Are All well At present
And hopes that you Are all in the same I hope
my Dear little Robt [Robert?] J W is well and I expect
an answer from him to my letter John