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Title: Anne Wightman, Florence, [Alabama?] to her Brother, William
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWightman, Anne/9
SenderWightman, Anne
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginFlorence, Alabama, USA
DestinationEastport, NY or Maine?, USA
RecipientWightman, William
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1475/1 p.31: Copied by Permission of Miss A. McKisack, 9, Mount Pleasant, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9006059
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 01:09:1993.
Word Count811
Transcript Florence March 13th

My dear William,
As I am sure your mind must be much troubled about the important business
of selling this house and lot. I now relieve your anxiety by informing
you that Mr. B. Walker has purchased this beautiful cottage where
we have passed so many happy and pleasant days, and where I would have
been willing to have spent all my days with the friends I loved best.
Mr. Walker is to give $2000 payment as follows: $666 on 1st October or
whenever Mother gives them possession but no interest on this payment,
and $666 in Oct. [October?] 1851 with interest. Mr
McAllister has been here three times to consult with Mother, and neither
Uncle Simpson nor Mr. Walker came to look at the house. If the house is
a bargain I am glad Mary had the house in preference to anyone else,
Mother thinks she will leave here the latter end of September, as Mr. Walker
would wish to move here then if it is convenient for us. Mr. McA.
[McAllister?] has purchased the house from Mr. Heslip ($700) I do wonder if
he has any particular motive in buying the house? I fear not for he purposes
boarding at Mr. ------ next month, as he does not find the Haven very
comfortable since Mr. Warren left. Your brother arrived in Florence
a few hours after you left. He told us the Huntsville would not leave
till Monday, so you might have waited to see him. John is going to
Rodgersville to settle up his business there, but I suppose he will
write and inform you of his future intentions when he knows them himself.
I had a letter from Fanny Dyas, she invites Jane and myself to
take a trip on the Huntsville to see her and stay sometime with her.
She says "What on earth is the use of moping away your time in Florence,
far better come down and see the sights here, persuade your beautiful
cousin Mack to come down with you, he might find a black eyed Suzannah
here." I think I will be glad to accept Fanny's invitation next
January if you and Mother will accompany me. I expect Mother will be
glad to be absent for a short time from your Siberian climate.
Patton and Barket have engaged Mr. Wheatley who lived with Mr. Clarke
for a short time. Your ---- has been employed this evening winding cotton,
and now he is annoying me by spelling over his lesson; he was a good
boy yesterday [?] all the strawberries, so I gave him the trumpet or
whistle you left for him. We get on very well, not so badly as you might
suppose. Mother is rather happier than if there were more company-
Rev Wm Wells preached on Sunday, he is an Agent of the American [?] Society
but he was the most tiresome preacher I have ever heard, and
he discoursed till nearly 1.o.c. [1 o'clock?]. We have had quite unpleasant weather the last two days, raining incessantly, which will make the seeds grow. Our peas are high enough up to be rodded, the barrel of potatoes is sold and Mother has sent nearly all our hams to McKaisner's, we are doing things gradually. The excitement will be a source of amusement
to Mother, and prevent her dwelling too much on the troubles of the world.

Although I had nothing to write I thought I would fill the paper to
improve my writing, but this paper of yours would almost require an iron
pen, for it is too course for my gold one; you should have thought of
that when you purchased it. I do not intend writing to you for six weeks
unless something unforseen and unprecedented should occur. We will
expect you home in September about the middle if you are not too busy
at that time. My room is beautifully papered and looks so snug that
if you come I will still retain the nine tenths of the law - possession -
it did not cost much. The fence is not going to be painted as every
persons taste is not the same. Mother purposed having it done black
but most likely our cousins would prefer white.
Mother unites with me in love to you but none to Mr. Malcom as of
course they are only words and quite unnecessary for you to fill up
your letter kind remembrance from S-M-
Ever your affectionate sister
Anne Wightman.
You forgot to leave me the key of your desk.
So your dear brother went to see you thirty miles. I hope you enjoyed
the time you spent at Eastport. John came to see us to-day and he
was very sociable. Did he inform you of his future intention as regards
Mr. McA [McAllister?], his relative I mean not our cousin.