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Title: Jeannie Brown, Philadelphia, U.S.A., to Samuel Brown.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBrown, Jeannie/22
SenderBrown, Jeannie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N. Ireland
RecipientBrown, Samuel
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT.2675/3: Copied by Permission of Joseph Halliday, 341 Albertbridge Road, Belfast. #TYPE EMG Jeannie Brown, 1145 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, U.S.A., to "My Very Dear Cousin," Samuel Brown, 15th August 1866.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007158
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log31:07:1990 S.C.#CREATE created 26:10:1990 GC input
Word Count1023
TranscriptTo: Samuel [Brown?]
Philadelphia Aug[ust?] 15th 1866
1145 South 15th Street

My very dear Cousin Samuel
Your interesting
& welcome letter of the 7th of March
reached me safely - how
glad I was to receive it.
Dear Sam I am indeed
sorry to know you have been so
unwell & sincerely trust by
this time you are as strong
& well as when I was with you
Grandma is no more, I
can scarcely realize it but
I know it must be so Oh
if she has exchanged Earth
for heaven who would wish her
back again I expected the
news of her death by every mail
so I was not taken by surprise
dear Sam I am sure
there are many things I might tell
you would be interesting if you
knew any thing about Philadelphia
or its inhabitants, However this
country is nothing to be compared
to yours in no way whatever
The winters are so severe & the summers
so hot - Mama nor William did
not go out side the door all last
winter it is quite a usual thing
for persons to be frostbitten every
day, there is little or no business
done here in the winter, the
extremes in summer are
just the same, it has been
so warm here this summer we
scarcely thought we could exist
dooing [doing?] little more than lowinging [lounging?]
about & fan[n?]ing ourselves, & would
dear Samuel what would
you think of coming over to
Philadelphia next summer
to visit us untill [until?] you felt home
sick do you know I think it
would benefit you very
much we would be so happy
to have you, the sea voiage [voyage?]
done William much good
& I believe it would you too,
tell me what you think of it
in your next letter
Philadelphia is a beautiful
city it would take you a long
time to see it all The city is
ten miles square it is laid
out in streets each ten miles
in length from north to south
they are numbered 15th 16th 17th
from East to west they are
named via Market St[reet?] Chestnut Street
&c &c &c there are a large number
of splendid parks with fountains
playing all the time through
the centre of the city. Our
winter has commenced in right
earnest yesterday the snow
fell nearly all the day & in
the evening a thaw with heavy
rain so that every place was flooded it is now
freezing heard [hard?] if I were to go
out I should fall about
every yard, dont you fancy
you see me on all fours, flat
on the ice, however I wonnt [won't?] go
out for fear! The skating Ponds
have been crowded for several
days, I have not skated any
yet but I hope to this winter
I was not surprised
to hear of Uncle Martins death
I expected it by every letter
dear Sam how often I think of
you all, & when I read that
part of your letter, where you
said they were all out in
the fields gathering in the
harvest, Oh how much
I wished I had been one of
the number, for a few moments
I was with you in imagination but then I
found I was in N[ew?] York
thousands of miles away.
So Mr Brown is
married Mary must tell
me all about his wedding
I do trust he has got an affect[ion?]ate
wife & that he may improve in
every way, I am real[l?]y
very sorry I did not receive
Mr Whitte[ns?] letter I should
have been very pleased to receive
it You might give him the
enclosed direction, Mary
wonnt [won't?] you please write to me
on recei[p?]t of this letter & tell me
all the news you can think of, I
am sure cousin William
will stay with Aunt Maryanne
while you write to me, if you
only tell him I said so
dear Sam while in
N[ew?] Y[ork?] I had my carte de visit[e?]
taken, what do you think of it
you see I am just the same
cousin Jeannie I was when
with you all, there is not much
fear of my improving much
Please tell my Uncle Samuel to
write to me very soon I think it
an age since I received a letter
from him, I know exactly what he
has to do now so he must send me no
excuse for I will not have it I should
love to rece[i?]ve letters from each & every
one but I know that you dear Sam &
dear Cousin Mary, & Uncle Samuel writes
for all & so I take it please give my love
& fond remembrance to Uncle Joseph & Aunt Mary
Eliza cousin Mary dear John Robert dear little Joseph
& six kisses for cousin William also my dear
Aunt Eliza & Uncle Samuel & Robert
mention [?] to see him & loves him
dearly, & if he would be a good baby
& not cry for his Mama she would
like to have him with her on a visit
very very much.) & tell me what he
says after that, probably he will
cough & Crow, I fancy I see him
Joseph is no more a baby but I expect
a fine little Boy I wonder if he remembers
me please give him six kisses for me
& now a few words to my sweetheart
John please tell him I expect
he will not fall in love with any of the
girls in that country for I love
him very much & if I hear of any thing
of that sort I shall get quite Jealious [jealous?]
& perhaps break my heart & Robert
too how much I would give to get
a nice little letter from him tel[l?]ing
me how he is & if he goes to school & all the news
& what the Baby said to him &c &c & little Joseph
to send his love to me himself & now dear
Sam I must conclude hoping you
will excuse this badly written letter as
my time was limited from your loving &
affectionate cousin Jeannie [Brown?]