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Title: William J. Stavely, Philadelphia to his Mother.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/28
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1835/27/3/28: Presented by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors High Street, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9311136
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. McK. 05:11:199
Word Count434
Transcript574 Locust street
Philadelphia May 28 1898

My dear Mother,
It gave me such pleasure to receive your letter this
afternoon. The first return I can make is to answer it at
once. In Annies name accept our best thanks for your kind and
very unexpected remembrance of Annies Birthday which will be
on the third of June. As Ida makes all the childrens clothes
the money $5 [$500?] will give her a fine summer rig but of
that Ida will tell you later on as she [?] me to say she
will certainly write you at an early day. The children I am
glad to say are all now in very good health but I can say we
have but lately got through with another siege of sickness
among them Annie caught the measles at school and they all had
them even the baby who by the way grows a fine boy is now
cutting teeth and will soon be toddling around with the best.
Annie and Willie are daily attendants at Kindergarten so you
can juge [judge?] they are all getting along. I am glad to be
able to say on my own health keeps good some thing to be truly
thankful for as the wants of the flock are many and fully tax
ones energies but for so far none of them want for every thing
to make life comfortable. I suppose if Mr. Woodside is in
America I will have a call from him I shall be very glad to
see someone who has seen all so recently. I often wish I
could do so in person but the possibility of that seems to
yearly grow more remote that you are still among us while so
many of the old faces which I was familiar with have now
passed away is a matter of congratulation. I sincerely hope
the improvement which you [?] in your health continues and
that the summer sunshine will give you fresh vigor [vigour?]
and [?] many years in our midst.
The War excitement has already died out as far as any
damage we might receive from Spain is concerned. That Spain
can do us no direct harm and that it is only a matter of time
to we do them up is now the prevailing sentiment. If it was
not for the papers we would not know that there was such a
thing as war as far as local trade is concerned every thing
moves along in old [?]. With best wishes to all the
family circle and again thanking you for your gift.
I remain
Your attached Son
William J. Stavely.