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Title: Alexander Lawson, Lurgan to P. Laverty Esq. Pennsylvania.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelawson, alexander jr/161
SenderLawson, Alexander Jr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationweaving business
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLurgan, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
DestinationMechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
RecipientLaverty, Patrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright retained by E. Michael Laverty, 630 Union St., #2F Brooklyn, New York 11215, U.S.A.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9510188
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:95.
Word Count504
TranscriptTo Patrick Laverty Esq.
Mechanicsburg Cumberland
County Pensylvania or Elsewhere

Lurgan May 2 1831
Dear Uncle,
I embrace this favourable oppertunity of sending you these few
lines as one of our neighbours is going to Philadelphia we are
all well at present thank God except mother who has been
complaining of pains we thought it very strange that you did not
answer the letter my brother Thomas sent you. I suppose it must
have been mailed as we sent it with a man that was going from
this place. It is now nearly 6 years since we received any of
your letters which makes us very uneasy to know whether you are
on the land of the living or not we have had some trouble in our
family since we heard from you. my sister Mary that was married
to a man named Robt Mc Clery [McCleery?] died in childbirth in
October 1828 and has left two children behind her. the one named Alexander
and the other Elizabeth my Uncle Reynolds family is all well
only one of the girls named Alice the youngest but one who is by
all appearances in speedy decline. Patrick is teaching school in
a small Town at the sea named Willough he informs us that he was
in Dublin last Easter and spent a few days at my Aunt Mary's
House. he says she enjoys good health and is very lusty. her son
William is dead and his widow is married again to a Church
Minister named Mr. Rowe. James & Margaret remains in the house
with her. Hugh is gone to sea, Maria and Family is living there
also my uncle Arthurs family remains in the old place the eldest
daughter Jane is married to a man named John Smyth. Margaret is
living in a Gentlemens house in Lurgan and the rest of the
family is living on with her their mother my Father was in the
notion of selling his place and going over in consiquence
[consequence?] of the depressive state which Ireland is in at present
but we have concluded that it is better to wait till we get an
answer from yourself as for myself I learned the weaving
business which is very bad now my Parents gave me tolerable
education and I would wish to make something of it if I could I
am now 21 years of age and I am determined if [it?] will give me
any encouragement to go over in the ensuing season I need not
say any more at present but beg here to mention a few of your
enquiring friends John McComb and family is well and send their
love to you Jane Brown Philip Carrol and Duke Mercer is all
well and send there love to you if anything here is omitted or
improperly written I hope you will forgive it as it is the first
penmanship to you we all unite in sending our love to yourself
and Family and may God bless and preserve you in all is
the warmest prayer of your
affectionate Nephew
Alexander Lawson June

Received July 4th 1831
answered Sept 11th 1831