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Title: Anne [Wyly?], Philadelphia to Mrs Wyly, [Ireland?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWyly, Anne/30
SenderWyly?, Anne
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientMrs Wyly
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2393/3/20: Presented by Messrs Heron & Dobson, Solicitors, Banbridge, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405282
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 11:05:1994.
Word Count651
TranscriptPhiladelphia. Penn [Pennsylvania?]. December 14th
My Dear Mrs Wyly.
I received your kind note
on last Saturday, for which I am obliged
I was exceedingly sorry to hear of poor Edward's
illness which I am sure caused you great
anxiety, poor fellow I hope he is quite recovered
but of course I need not tell you who have had
so much experience in sick nursing that
a relapse is the most dangerous time for a
patient to catch cold, I have got a lesson in that
as my husband got up & came down stairs [downstairs?]
to [too?] soon & the next day was laid up, for three
weeks after was obliged to keep his bed. He is now
thank God quite recovered, but the Doctor will
not allow his to travel South any more. Yellow
Fever & Ague being so prevalent that the air is
impregnated with it. I daresay Edward & Susan
are both very tall by this time, does Susan go to
[school?]? I am sorry to hear business is dull with you
it has been here also but preparing for Christmas
has caused more stir. This is not a pleasant climate
so very variable the first two days of this month was so hot
the mercury was 70 degrees & to day [today?] & the third day
of the month it was only 15 degrees. It has been freezing
hard all night & there is every appearance of a
severe Winter. I have written frequently to Emily
but I suppose she did no [not?] get all my letters
I did not mean when I said she was among strangers
to say you were strange. but that the girls in the
work room were. I know it would be [?] contrary
to my opinion of you if you were otherwise than kind
but my Dear Mrs Wyly, you know the value of
a kind encouraging word & I am sure will
not treat her as a stranger for the sake of those
that are gone. I am also certain that anything
you say to her is for her good. but please reason
with her gently as on account of her delicate
health she was a little spoilt. I am glad to learn
she has improved in that aspect. & am much
obliged for your kind consideration to her when
suffering with Toothache. I suppose you know nothing
of it personally as your teeth look very excellent
almost every body [everybody?] here have false teeth & I only
met two Americans with teeth as good as yours
I have your likeness quite safe & it is considered
an excellently executed portrait the attitude
being so unstudied & natural. I think those
done at home just as good as what are here.
Emily tells me you have had a very heavy cold
I am sorry to hear it. you ought to muffle up
well as you are so suceptible [susceptible?] of cold Have you
been to Dublin yet & how are the Gratham Family?
Do you get any tripe & trotters now?
This is a very dear place to buy clothing & some
kinds of provisions. Whiskey for 3 or 4 shillings
per gall [gallon?]. tea 8/ per pound but nothing like as
good as in Dublin. We are boarding & are very
comfortable. Their [There?] was a party here the other night
& when "Kathleen O More" & "Oft in the Stilly night"
was sung I could not help crying to think
how often I heard you sing it & the fun we
had when you would dance with us
Any news of the Richards, I wrote to George a
week since. Give Edward & Susan my
love & accept the same yourself. You
dont know how pleased I will be to hear
as often as you can spare time. If Edward
would also I would be glad.
Kiss the children for me &
Believe me
Your affectionate as of old