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Title: W.J. Weir, California, to Annie Weir, Michigan
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWeir, William J/43
SenderWeir, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfireman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginFresno, California, USA
DestinationMichigan, USA
RecipientWeir, Annie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mrs. Linda Weir, Tirmacspird, Lack, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 0SA
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9905023
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 12:05:99.
Word Count874
NoteN.B. William and Annie were engaged at intervals
TranscriptEngine Co. No.2
820 K St Fresno
Aug 26th 1890

Dear Annie
I once more take
the oppertunity [opportunity?] of writing in
answer to yours which I recieved [received?]
a few days ago & glad to find
that you were well hoping
that this will find you enjoying
the same blessing as it leaves
me at present I had been
watching the mailman pass
every day for a week previous I
was beginning to think that
you might be sick or something
might have occured [occurred?] but I was
glad to find that you were
enjoying yourself I know
what it is to be caged up
all the time I would like
you were near I am sure
I would have a recreation for
a while I had a letter from
Bella some time ago she
was thinking of buying out
a business there in partnership
with some other Eastern lady
she seemed to think that
I did not know of her whereabouts
but she was mistaken
I have not had a letter from
home since the 16th of July
I dont know what is the
matter with them I know
this is a busy time of the
year but if I be a little
slow in writing they dont
forget to tell me of it
either I am expecting a
letter from Australia in
a few days if it dont
fool me like yours (sic)
I can never tell until it comes
Dear Annie I dont know
what you mean by preparing
a substitute in case I should
get killed or hurt but I think
I will have poor luck if I dont
be able to pull through the next
9 months & furthermore I dont
think you might sum me up
with that young Lady
that paid your Uncle Johns
passage if I say a thing
I will stick to it you ought
to know me better than that
now the reason why I said
we would talk matters over
was because you never gave
me a definite answer
the reason why a great
many girls say no at first
is because they are like
the photographer they know
how to retouch their negatives
I hope you are not like
a young girl that lives in
this neighbourhood her Brother
told us that she had got
3 engagement rings & was
going with another fellow
& if he did not get her one
she would fire him so if
you cant say yes in plain
English its no use asking
me for a ring
I ought not to tell you this
there was a charming young
widow of about 30 sent an
invitation to me to go down
to see her she lives in a
$10 000 house & is worth about
20000 in property besides
her late husband had been
cashier in the Bank
her brother belongs to the
engine co she sent an
invitation to me to go
down & see her but I
simply declined on the
plea that I was already
engaged I have made up
my mind that I will never
marry for riches & no woman
will have the show to tell
me that she is keeping me
I believe in the old proverb
marry for love & work for riches
I think I am able enough
to keep a woman I can
keep myself & save $50
per month if there is any
woman that dont think
she could live on that
I dont want her
I may be speaking plain
but I know you could
do the same Dear Annie
I do wish you would come
out to California even
in the Spring I would
get a vacation & we would
arrange everything relating
to going home & buying
that ring we are having a
great time now we have
only had 3 fires this
month so far & we have
a gay old time playing
foot ball & all sorts of
games some nights we
are as tirred [tired?] as
if we had been
working we get up half
past 5 OC in the morning
& feed our team & hitch up
& go to Breakfast a [at?] 6 & go
out at 7 & drive round for about
an hour & when we come
back we have got to clean
up it usually takes about
from an hour & a half to
two hours I have to wash
the running gear of the engine
clean the harness and [horses?]
so we generally put in
the other hour eating watermelon
& playing tricks & so on
we always find some thing
to do this is the day of
the republican convention
they are having great
excitement firing cannons
& every thing to make a
noise we are expecting a
fire sure this is a
great country for drink
& rowing at elections
Dear Annie I hope you
will excuse this as I
shall have more news
next time hoping to
hear from you soon I
like to get one of your
letters when you get
sentimental I have
not answered Bellas
letter yet but I will
tomorrow I have not
much more to say at
present hoping to
hear from you soon
again I remain your
Sincere Lover
W.J. Weir
Fresno Cal [California?]

Miss Annie Weir
Mich [Michigan?]
Good Bye for a while