|Jane Taylor, Philadephia to Robert Taylor, Shanrod
|Irish Emigration Database
|Philadelphia, Penn., USA
|Shanrod, Co. Down, N.Ireland
|brother and sister in law
|The Taylors of Shanrod Co Down, Letters from America. Copyright retained by Heather Taylor, 46, Coolshinney Rd., Magherafelt, BT45 5JF, email@example.com
|The Centre For Migration Studies
|Document added by JM, 30/01/2007
|[Another letter from Jane, this time dictated to her youngest son.
Again some punctuation has been added.]
For Mr Robert Taylor
In the care of Mr Stuart
Mr Robert Taylor
Philadelphia February 17th 1841
Dear brother, I take this favourable opportunity
of writing to you these few lines to let
you now [know?] the children are all well. I have
not very good health myself. I have been ailing
for This two years but I am still abel [able?]
to go out about yet. I have not had a letter from you
this long time and I am anxious to hear from you i had
a letter from sister Sarah a short time ago and
was glad to hear that you are all well. John is
free and is working with the man he served his time
with. Robert is aprentice [apprentice?] yet.
Elizabeth & Nathaniel goes to school. If you have
heard from John Taylor you will please to let us
know where he is and what he is doing. The winter
has been very hard. Their [there?] has been nothing
Adoing. Our banks are in a deplorable condition. They
have stoped [stopped?] paying Silver for their notes.
And it is [suposed?] they will be 3 years before they
will be abel [able?] to redeem them again and it makes
all kinds of business very dull. Flower [flour?] is
from 5 to 6 dollars a barrell [barrel?] Potatoes is
from 50 to 60 cts a bushel pork is from 8 to 12 cts
a pound. Dear Robert we are in a pinched Circumstance at
present on account of keeping Nathaniel and Elizabeth
at school until they are abel [able?] to do for Themselves.
I am not abel [able?] to earn anything myself and we are
entirely Depending on the little John earns to suport
[support?] us until Robert is free i have been thinking this
some time of asking you if it would be Convenient for you to
send us a little of the money that remained of our part of the
place. when we came away I know that Nathaniel wrote to you
that he did not want it nor neither we would if he had lived.
but you know that we where [were?] left very desolate and
helpless at the time he died. I always left it to your own
conscience and do now wether [whether?] you would think of
us or not. We had this letter wrote at the time it was dated
when we heard of this gentleman Mr stuart [Stewart?] who
is going home. he is a merchant of the city and we
Send these few lines by hand with him.
Dear brother you will please pay over the balance to Mr Stuart
[Stewart?] who will send it on to his brother a merchant in this
city and we will get it.
We say no more at present but Remember me to mother and sister
Nancy and all the children. Nathaniel is the youngest and is the
writer of this letter he is 11 years past in February.
The children all joins in sending their love to you.
No more at present but remains your
Affectionate sister Jane Taylor