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Title: Letter from W. J. Stavely, Philadelphia, to his Mother.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/38
Yearca. 1879
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1835/27/3/22 Presented by Greer Hamilton and Gailey.Solicitors,High Street, Ballymoney,County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310592
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C McK., 20:10:199
Word Count519
TranscriptMy dear Mother
It is now some time since you have heard from me.
Knowing as I did that you were in constant receipt of letters
from this side of the Atlantic which would give you all the
news. I made papers suffice. Mr. Brown will have given you all
the news of the Council so need not refer to it. It gave me
much pleasure to meet Mr. Brown and see one who recalled the
memories of a time that now seems so long ago although it
forcibly reminded me that we were all growing older. The first
Sabbath Mr. B [Brown?] preached I was much struck by what
seems to me his lack of former physical vigour, he seemed
however to regain his former self on the following Sabbath and
I came to the conclusion he had been taxing his energies
beyond their ability but the comparative ease of the Council
gave him a much needed rest. However it came about he left
Philadelphia much better than he came to it. It may surprise
you to hear we saw very little of one another. The Council and
so many other old Church acquaintances taking share of his
time that we were little together. Mr. Wylie considered him
his spiritual charge and took him over the city where ever his
engagements called him. I was very glad to hear such good news
from you regarding the McFarlands sucess. It was certainly a
nice thing for him to fall into a situation of the kind so
easily. I should like very much to see all of them but a visit
to New York belongs to an expence which I do not care to
incur. As to going to see Mr. Huston I do not see that any
thing would come of it as I am sure he will find plenty of
clerks in that city who from their knowledge of his special
branch of business would be better able to fill any situations
at his disposal than I would be. I do not know that I have
such a special reason to be dissatisfied with my lot as to
have work which I have made myself familiar with to look for
something with which I am unacquainted I do not know that I
have anything special to say of myself I enjoy good health
and am able to go about my daily work with usual vigour and it
continues to yield me a comfortable living. I have a goodly
number of acquaintances with whom spare time can be passed
pleasantly and all things considered I have no desire to now
go hunting after the unknown. I am sorry that Sarah's knee
shows no sign of improvement that her health keeps good under
it is source for congratulations. I hope Janie and the
children are all well and that out door affairs went on all
right during Mr. B's [Mr. Brown's?] absence . Desiring to be
remembered to all the family circle and hoping this will find

you in good health
I remain
Your attached Son
W. [William?] J. Stavely.