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Title: Willie [?], California to "My Dear Annie"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWeir, William J/87
SenderWeir, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginFresno, California, USA
DestinationMichigan, USA
RecipientWeir, Annie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mrs. Linda Weir, Tirmacspird, Lack, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 OSA.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9903186
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:03:99.
Word Count604
NoteN.B. William and Annie were engaged at intervals
TranscriptFresno, Cal, December 29th 1890

My Dear Annie
Just a few lines to let you
know that I had a letter from Bella on
saturday & a nice scarf pin. I was a kind
of surprised to hear from her as I was
going to write to find out what had
become of her she is well and stopping at
the Hotel with that lady friend of hers
the Asylum is not very crowded now: & is
greatly involved in debt so the Dr left off
several of the employees for a couple of
months I was expecting to hear of her being
married but she did not mention anything
about it this time I think Bella is
capable of paddling her own canoe
it is very few of the girls back home
has got nerve enough to make their living among
strangers like you and Belle has done the
fog is clearing away & we are expecting
nice weather pretty soon I was a kind
of surprised getting a present from
Bella as it was the farthest thought in my
mind. Christmas passed off here pretty
quiet the boys all fell cheery but my thoughts
was in Michigan. I hope I shall pass
a much pleasanter one next year
with the object of my thoughts, now
Annie it is drawing close up to 91. the
time is rolling by pretty lively I am watching
the days glide away & it cheers me in my
loneliest hours when I think of you
Bella says she may go to [napa?] & apply
for a position there that is about 100
miles north of Stockton in this state
it is a much larger Asylum than
Stockton but I think she had better wait
for a while before going up there something
might turn up that she would get back
I see by the papers yous [you?] are having
pretty cold weather in the east now I would
dread that cold weather I dont think I
could live in that country now if I
did I would want to start in early
in the summer so that I would get
hardened in time for a Sleigh ride
It must be great sport to get out on a sleigh
with ones best girl
They are not much up to sport in
this country it is all for money &
it dont take long to spend it when
it is made it goes pretty near as
quick as it come with some people
I have been waiting for a letter from
My Brother in Australia now for
3 months but I guess I aint going
to get any I suppose he has
got himself a comfortable home &
he dont think about his friends
any more that dont be the way with
with you an [and?] me we will always
remember our friends. I have been thinking
about the style the [Wilsons?] put in
when they went home I am sure
they flew pretty high for a while
Mary used to put in lots of style when
she would cruise home from
Smylies. I used to put in some
great nights there they used to hate
to order me off but they would have
liked awful well to have done it
But we will have a pretty good time
when we go home our selves. I have
not much more to say at present
hoping that this will find you enjoying
good health as it leaves me at present
& wishing you a very happy new
year I remain as ever your
Sincere Willie
with fondest regards

write soon good Bye for
a while