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Title: Daniel Waide, Drumrankin, Co.Antrim to Alex Waide, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWaide, Daniel/34
SenderWaide, Daniel
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDrumrankin, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationOntario, Canada
RecipientWaide, Alex
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT3724: Presented by Mrs Margaret Wiley
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9410221
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 13:10:1994.
Word Count310
TranscriptDrumrankin Jany [January?] 1" [st?] 1855
Dear Son

When you receive this letter you
will remember that I stated to you that we
wished you to write us a few lines on the 1'[st?] of
every month, and I said at the same time that
we would do the same to you, as long as we are
separated by the restless billows of the Atlantic waters.
And now to fulfill our part of the engagement
we commence on New years day to write you a few lines
for the purpose of letting you know the state of affairs
in this part of the country. we are at present in good
health, and we hope you have been in the same
since we heard from you last. John Russell's letter
of 26" [th?] Nov. [November?] informs us that you have
purchased a farm of land containing 50 acres, and we want
to know all particulars concerning it. In the 1' [st?]
place I want to know how much it cost you, and how much of the-
fine you have paid down if any. secondly I want to know
how far it is from the nearest public road, and also from
the nearest market town. Thirdly let me know how far
much of it is cleared and if there be a house on it and
the name of your nearest neighbours. Fourthly let me know
how far you are from Mr. Wm. Kernohan & Mr Robt. [Robert?] Stephenson's
Lastly I want to know how far you are from New London
and also from the Railway.
Let me know if you intend putting in any crop this season
and if any let us know what kind. We also want to know
how you are spending the winter, what you are working
at and where you are stopping. We thought it strange
that you did not let us know where you wrote your
last letter from and that you did not give us your
address. I want no more white paper from that country
as we can get plenty as good as it in Cullybackey which
is much nearer than New London. Surely you can find
enough of News out of a country like that to fill the 4
pages of a common sized letter sheet. So if you please
send us no more white paper, for we have plenty at home.
The poorer class of people in Ireland are in a very bad
state at present. Weaving trade which you know is
their principle support is doing very very badly
and food is very high 14 hundreds raises only 7 or 8 shillings
Candels [candles?] are 8d per pound, very milling flour 18d per peck.
turf 3s. 6d. per cart Oatmeal 15d. per peck.Potatoes from 3s
to 5/6 per cwt. Indian meal 13d. per peck, So when you
see the price of everthing the poorer class have to purchase
and the wages they get to meet these necessaries you may
easily judge the state they are living in. But farmers
who hold from 15 acres of land and upwards are doing well
at this time. They are getting from œ2.10s. to œ2.14s.6d. per cwt. for
their pork from 15d. to 10d. 3/4 per lb. for their butter. From
7s.6d. to 8s.6d. per cwt. for their corn. Beef from œ2 to œ2.10
percwt. and living stock was never dearer. So you may
see by these prices that extensive farmers are doing well.
Please let Mr William Kernohan know that his brother
John and family is in good health and also Mr Wm.
McCown [Keown?] and family. We desire you when you write still
to name your old neighbour out of this county, that may
be near you, as their parents are all very glad to hear
from their own. Mr John Kernohan & Misses [Mrs.?] Kernohan
send their kind love to you and is very glad to hear
that you are beside William as the expect to hear word
oftener from him.
I have no more of much importance at present
but remains your truly affectionate parent
D. Waide.