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Title: Ida C. Stavely, Philadelphia, to her sister-in-law Sarah
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, Ida C/3
SenderStavely, Ida C.
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1835/27/3/30: Deposited by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors,High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310013
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 01:10:1993
Word Count386
TranscriptLetter from Ida C. Stavely,
574 Locust Street, Philadelphia, to
"dear Sarah" [her sister-in-law] [address unknown].

574 Locust Street Philadelphia
January 16 1897

My Dear Sarah,
Your letter a 8 hand [?] I am glad to hear you are
all well you no doubt are feeling the effects of your long
nursing you must allow yourself all the rest possible, we are
all fairly well here. Willie Jr. [Junior?] passed through the
operation successfully we can see him begin to pick up a
little. I am so sorry about this difference between Will and
you folks of course I know nothing of the details Will never
gave me any information nor I never asked him for any. But I
think you will understand your Mothers feelings better when
you have read this letter through. Once before within this
past two years I wrote you a letter like this but my pride
forbade me mailing it to you but I must now throw pride to the
winds. You know it is very near three years since Will was
compelled to give up his business at 149 North 4th Street I
cleared the top floor of our dwelling and he has been working
here, and believe me it has been a dreadful three years with
the giving up of his business it has changed him from a
hopeful cheerful man to a [-----?] listless man with no energy
to go with the fight not even for our sake. I have gotten
employment [----?] side to try and make ends meet but it is no
use the odds are too great against us with the rent of our
home three months in arrears our condition can be no longer
hid. Will must get back to business again will you help him
financially to get him on his feet again. Now my dear Sara
[Sarah?] you can understand what your Mothers legacy would
mean to him [-----?] thank God he breathed when he read of it
before he understood the full import of your letter. Now
before I close this dismal letter I would ask you if you
should write your brother do not I beg of you let him know I
have written you of our circumstances it would be better if he
should do that himself. Now I will close with love to all
trusting to get a speedy reply from you believe me,
Ida C. Stavely