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Title: Joseph [Thompson?] Philadelphia, to His Parents [Articlave?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileThompson, Joseph/2
SenderThompson, Joseph
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationrecently arrived in the USA
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceT 1866/11: Copied By Permission of Miss E.M. Thompson Wayside, Articlave, Co Londonderry. #TYPE EMG Joseph [Thompson?] Philadelphia, U.S.A. to His Mother and Father [Articlave?] c. 1900.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.8909033
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log03:10:1989 LT created 24:08:1990 MC input 24:08:19
Word Count352
Transcript20 20
East Alleghany [Allegheny?] A


Dear Father & Mother
I have just arrived
at above address
safe [&?] sound. I had a
re[all?]y good voyage
taking altogether . I was
very sick Friday
Saturday [&?] Monday
but after that I was
alright. I arrived in
New York on Monday a[t?]
[8?] O clock we were
then kept on the ship
all night & on Tuesday
Morning our boxes were
examined & we were
then taken on a ship
to a place called
"[Ellis?] Isle" where we
were asked a few
questions about where we were
going & how much Money we
had with us after that
we were taken on another
boat to the Railway when
we got a train at after
8 O clock for Philadelphia.
We arrived in Philadelphia
about 10.30 pm on
Tuesday night I took
lodgings for the night
& started this morning
to find out William
which I did after
4 hours looking. he has
a splendid house &
also well furnished
he looks very well
& is terrible stout
he has just a little
halt with one of his
legs. he lives in a nice
quite [quiet?] part of the city
Katie is down in the
State of Delware [Delaware?]
enjoying holidays so [I?]
have not seen her yet. I
am just looking at [3?]
gold watches lying on the
Table where I am writing
this. He made me take a
bath when I came in
& he then got me
some dinner. he has no
Servent. [Servant?] He says times
are very dull in America
just now, but I hope
I will get some sort
of a job soon.
You have no idea of
the grandeur of the house
he has got. I have
not got much more
to say at present.
Hoping all are well.
Love to Father Mother
Minnie, Ellen Sara Katie
Alice Lilly & Tilly.
Remember me to Jamey &
Your affect [affectionate?]
Tell Henry I will
write him in a few
days when I am
settled down

William says Davy Thompson
was up twice to see if I had
good bye