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Title: Nancy Wightman, Alabama to William [Wightman, Ireland?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWightman, Nancy/33
SenderWightman, Nancy
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginWoodland, Alabama, USA
RecipientWightman, William
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1475/1 p26: Copied by Permission of Miss A. McKisack, 9 Mount Pleasant, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9404166
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:04:1994.
Word Count625
TranscriptWood-Land [Woodland?] July 5th 1834
My dearest William,
I am delighted to hear such good accounts of your improvement at
school, and I hope in all respects you are growing better. Your
dear Father and Uncle Henderson were very dutiful and affectionate to
their parents from their earliest days. They read the Bible and
hated sinful ways, and it appeared that God blessed them, and I trust
you often think of the Lord knowing every thought of our heart, and seeing
every act that you commit, and would it not be pleasant for you and
your sister Ann to talk of the love of Christ in coming down from
Heaven to die for Sinners. I am now very sorry that I did not love and
try to please God when I was a little girl. I commited a great deal
of sin for I never thought of the worth of my Soul and the danger I
was in of being eternally lost. The Bible says "without holiness no man
shall see the Lord". Your mother wrote to us that she would like you
to be a preacher, and if your heart was prepared for the work I should
rejoice to see you one. I send you a book which you will accept as a
token of my love. I fear I cannot get a suitable one in Florence for
Ann for we have not the variety there that you have in your book stores
in Belfast. I seldom see John, but I can tell you he is a tall youth
He does not talk enough to please me but I hope he will change and become
more agreeable in his manner. I intend walking into Florence
this evening, tomorrow will be the Sabbath. I should like to have you
for company. It is a lonely way. No little cabins to be seen save two
or three. The weather is so exceedingly warm that I must let the sun
be nearly down ere I set out. We have had great gathering of blackberries
here, you never such thickets of them in Ireland. They
are sweeter and better and have no worms in them. The insects would
amuse and torment you if you were here, you cannot sit by a candle with
any comfort. They are flying in your face every minute, some of them
very large and ugly. I am obliged to keep my window open all night
so that I have plenty of company. I am told the bats bite and I like to
turn them out if possible. You would admire the beautiful birds. One
rainy night I heard something flutter against my window, I opened it and
a lovely red bird flew in and spent the night with me. The mocking
birds sing very sweetly at night. You would be delighted to hear them.
I hope to see you if we both live and shall tell you of many pretty
things I have seen. I suppose John will give you an account of their
doings in Florence yesterday. I wrote to your friend Mr McNeilly. You
ought to be very thankful to have such kind friends and I am anxious that
you should treasure up all the good advice Mr Mc [McNeilly?] gives you, and
that you attend to all his wishes. I look forward with great pleasure to
receiving a letter from you and Ann. I am not hard to entertain on paper.
Isaac Sinpson is getting well. It is a pleasant sight to see them all
merry and playing about after their tedious sickness. Give my love dear
William to your Grandmother, and Aunt Eliza and Jane. To your Mother
and Ann, Aunt McAllister, Margaret and Charles and believe me your truly
affectionate Aunt.
Nancy Wightman.