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Title: Wm. Weir, Philadelphia, to Wm. Boyd, Strabane.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWeir, William (2)/148
SenderWeir, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarrived in America with his family recently
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationStrabane, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientBoyd, William
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipwrites to his mother and grandfather
SourceT 1873/2: Copied by Permission of Miss S. Boyd, Lifford, Co.Donegal. #TYPE EMG Wm. Weir, Philadelphia, U.S.A. to his Grandfather Wm. Boyd, Strabane. 18 Aug. 1840.
ArchivePublic Record Office N.Ireland.
Doc. No.8809158
Partial Date
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Log23:09:1988 LT created 25:01:1989 pg input 31:01:19
Word Count994
TranscriptMr William Boyd
Address Wm Weir
care of Jas Weir
Montgomery County
State of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia 18th Augt 1840
My dear Grandfather & Mother
Before this reaches you will
no doubt have given us up as lost, but thank God
we are still in the land of the living. It was reported
here that we were lost, My father was almost in
a state of distraction about us. The Provincialist
[?] that left Derry long after us was here
3 nights before us. We arrived in this city on the
9th Augt after a 74 day passage, with the loss
of our Captain and two of the Crew. The Captain
died raving mad the evening that he died he had
to be tied, both hands and feet, were bound when he
died, the night that he died it blew a perfect hurricane.
I hope never to see such a night again, waves
rolling over us the size of mountains. Expecting every
[minute?] to be buried up in the depths of the Sea, the Captain
was [?] [?] next morning E Donnell, and
I read the funeral service over him.
Provisions were very scarce in Ship before we got
in the last two weeks the Passengers were very short
of Provisions, the ship mate spotted two vessels and
got some Bread from them we had plenty of water
which was a great comfort, I had enough of provisions
I never know anything about want but all the passen-
gers were not so, the Ship had to stop a few days in
Quarantine, there was Sickness on board arising
from being a long time on Sea, the Doctor called it Ship
Fever. The Doctor received 23 persons to the Hospital
one person has died there since. Times are very bad in
this Country at present and it is expected they will
not be better until after the election which takes place
in November, there is nothing to be heard in all corners
but the election, Harrison seems to be the general
favourite amongst the people here but it is not easy
to guess who will succeed, be that as it may times
cannot be worse than they are at present.
I have not got a view of a Situation but expect
that I soon will, Mr Taylor has promised to do all
in his power for me, he says if I can only get a view
of a place he will get if for me, Mr Taylor is a very nice
old man, he was enquiring at me all about Strabane.
Margaret has not been very well since she came here
but she is recovering, If she was well she could get
a Situation here in a short time.
My Father is doing well at present he has
saved a little money, he is quite a changed man from
what he used to be. When the Ship was lying in
Quarantine he came down to see us, I had got ashore
on Bond, the Doctor allowed E Donnell and I
to be Bonded out that is by signing a Bond, which
allows us free Liberty, but not to go within 5 miles of
any populous city (500 dollars penalty.) I met my father
on the Shore he did not know me but I knew him James
was with him. James is very like Margaret, I dont
think I would have known them only that I knew
James by Margaret, James is a real Yankee he
is dark skinned as any of the Americans are,
My Father gave me some money and he then started
for Morristown again. James works in a flower
garden. My Father is about to put him to a trade.
Dear Grandmother I expect to be going home
in a few years to see you & My Grandfather, this
is a very handsome country I like it very well
but I dont like the Climate, it is so very hot
it would almost roast a person to stand in the
heat of the Sun when walking along the Street your feet
is burning in your Shoes, Dear Grandfather & Mother
I need not tell you that I send my love to you
I think you are aware that these is not lies
I love as well as you, you have been more than a father
& mother to me, I hope the lord will grant us one request and
that is that we shall meet together again in Ireland and if not I hope we
shall all meet in heaven when there is no parting any more,
Give my love to my Uncle Wm & Aunt Fanny & Little Elizabeth, I hope she is
thriving fast, let my Aunt Fanny know that I never
shall forget her kindness to me and Margaret, Give my
love to Uncle Ben & Aunt Jane & the Children, to Aunt Mary
and Charles & the Children not forgetting Uncle Thomas
if he was here he would see a handsome Country, when we
were sailing up the Delaware I was wishing that he was
along with me, I hope he will not forget his promise to
write to me, give my Love to my old friends John Porter & Mrs Porter &
Family, give my love to Mary Jane &
Ann Eliza to the Miss Arnolds & Mrs Gault & Family
& Mr Gault, Mrs Johnston & Family. Remember me to
all my old Friends & acquaintances give my love to his
[Reverence?] Mr Chambers, I hope to hear of his marriage
I had only a few minutes to write it as the vessel is
about to sail, write soon and give all the news,
tell John Porter to do as he promised, send me Irish
Newspapers, as they are much prized here.
I remain
Dear parents
Yr[Your?] affectionate Grandson
W Weir.
Remember me to Mr & Mrs Craig
Miss Mary Jane & Rachel & to
Wm. I had as many friends that
I could remember, but give my love to them all
Yrs [Yours?] W W