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Title: [Isabella Weir?], San Francisco to Her Family
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWeir, Isabella/39(2)
SenderWeir, Isabella (Bell)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunemployed
Sender ReligionEpiscopalian
OriginSan Francisco, California, USA
RecipientWeir, Annie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mrs Linda Weir, Tirmacspird, Lack, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 OSA.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9906090
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 18:06:99.
Word Count726
TranscriptSan Francisco Oct.
1st 1893

Dear Mother and Sisters and Bros

Do not Blame me for not
Writing Sooner I just got
your letter yesterday I left
Stockton after a Stay of
three weeks So consequently
I did not get your letter
when it arrived and it
was only yesterday afternoon
it reached me I am sorry
your letter was opened
But if I remember aright [right?]
of the contents it mattered
little I am very glad to
know you are all well
Mother in particular you
said nothing about Grandma
I hope she is well tell her
I very often wish I could
see her Give her my Dearest
Love I am feeling much
Better than when I last wrote
to you and with God's Help
trust to See you all some
day I weighed about one
week ago 130lbs that is 3 less
than I used to weigh at the
Asylum you [your?] letter really
pleased me very much But
you did well to Apologize
for the writing I should
not have known as yours
But no matter for those things
I hope a Farmers wife in the
old Country will not
degenerate you any Be careful
about Having children such
things come along naturally
But when you have not
got any you never miss
them take my word they are
lots of trouble and Hard work
we are having Beautiful weather
now here it seems the Choicest
Season of the year in San
Francisco I was up twice to the
Asylum while in Stockton Mr
Kimball has left there there
is a good many changes since
I was there I think if I wanted
to I should have little difficulty
in Getting a situation there
now or at San Bernardino as
a Dr Campbell from Mich. [Michigan?]
is Supt [Superintendent?] at latter place you
see I have not got over the
Asylum [Craze?] yet Ah I tell
Annie you a [and?] me had some
very good times in the East
I often think of Mrs Kelly and
I must try and write to her
We anticipate a great time at
the Mid Winter fair here next
Spring from Chicago it will
make things lively here for a while
There really is 10 times more
people here now than can
Find employment they keep
coming steadily on account
of the nice Climate I have
never heard from Willie
Since I conclude he is offended
with me as well as you I
may take a run down there
Sometime it is only I think
150 miles he said that
he was realizing Big profit
from his vineyard Willie
has some good qualities
But I did not Share much
of his Benevolence I suppose
you get a letter once in a while
from the East I met a woman
from Detroit here I was
real pleased to talk with
her yesterday My Husband I
& a real nice neighbour we
have an Irish woman took a
Trip to the Cliff House a wild
& Beautiful Scenery on the Pacific
Ocean Coast we watched the
Sea lions and listened to their
dismal howling as the [they?] clambered
up the rocks to think that
my Home lay far Beyond the
Atlantic and the waves of the
Pacific rolling at our feet
would make one naturally feel
the [they?] had seen at least their share
of this worlds wonders The city of
San Francisco is a wonder in itself
it is called the city of hills and so
you would say if you rode over some
of them it has a Harbour where
Ships Come from all parts of the world
much larger than New York well Annie
I am afraid you will not find my
letter very interesting But your
time will be given a good deal to
please that old man of yours that
you will not notice it I say wear
the pants part of the time and
you will get along just as well
I go just as far with mine as I
think might and no Further
now Annie I understand what
you want me to do and will
respond as soon as I can
you know I am not in the Asylum
and lately I have had just no
ambition But I trust for Better days
now with Best Love to all I will Close
Bell Write Soon