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Title: Alex. Wilson, New York, to Mrs J. H. Denham, Antrim.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWilson, Alexander/59
SenderWilson, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientDenham, J.H.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1921/3/13P: Presented by A. Fetridge Esq., Hardware Merchant, Church Street, Ballymena, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9311032
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C McK., 03:11:199
Word Count790
Transcript1337, 55th Street

12th October 1899

My Dear Sister,
Your kind letter just received today
and indeed I am ashamed of myself at not
writing to you before this in answer to your
last, but I kept putting if [it?] off from
time to time, thinking that perhaps I would
have something better to write about, but I
am sorry to say that I am just about were I
was before. I have not found any better
position than the one I had to take at ten
dollars per week, (just half of what I had
before) but half a loaf is better than no
bread and as there is so many people out of
work in and around here it makes it so much
the harder to get any increase at all, as if
you ask for any they very soon tell you that
there are plenty more ready to do your work
at even less than you get, so I suppose I
ought to be thankful that I have anything to
do at all, so you see every one has their
You have had yours and are still having
them and to think what you have come through
in the last three years, if anyone had told I
suppose like myself that you would not have
believed them. And I sincerely trust and hope
that now when you have been able to pay all
so far that God will keep you now in your
last payments and make everything come out
all right, as he has said he will help. The
widow and the fatherless in their time of
trial and need and I know that you have faith
to believe that he will do so, as he is
bringing us through our trials for some good
purpose of his own, that we don't see at present
but will in the future.

Lizzie and I often wish we could be of
some use and help you but it seems as if we
were fated to remain the way we are. I do hope
and trust that Jack is trying to be of some
use to you in your troubles and is helping to
repay some of your kindness to him in the past.
The war we have had with Spain raised the
price of everything here only wages, and the
war tax is still on everything that the poor
people have to buy and is likely to remain so
far for some time yet.
Tea and coffee was taxed 10 cents per lb.
and flour and now meat of all kinds has
been raised in price and if the war with the
Boers and England goes on things will go higher
yet as they will be shipping all kinds of
provisions for her army and that will make the
poor people feel it more yet. But we trust in
God and do the best we can.
If things had only kept on the way they
were for two years more as by that time Marion
would have about finished all through high
school and training school and would have been
ready for a position as a teacher when she
would get about fifty dollars per month to
start on which would have been quite a help to
us, and we are keeping her on at school and
with God's help will let her finish and be a
teacher as it will always be a good means for
her to be able to get support and keep herself
if any thing [anything?] should happen to us
and also she will be getting an increase of
salary every year or so according as she gets
to be teaching the higher grades. Lloyd has
two years more at school as he can't go to
work before he is 16 according to the laws
here - so I hope that things will turn out
that we can do this and that I may chance to
get something better to do with more money in
it and that you will be able to pull your
troubles in the money line and that God will
help and bless us all in our trials.
Poor Mother Nelson is not any better but
she keeps wonderfully well in health, although
her mind is gradually going, she thinks she

sees all kinds of people and things were
there is nothing at all and will not believe
when you tell her so and we just let her have
her way.
I must now finish and hope that you will
pull through all right and also that I may
have better news when I write again. So with
love and best wishes from Lizzie and us all
I remain Your loving brother
Alex Wilson