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Title: Matilda Lindsay, U. S. A. to W. McCullough, Co. Londonderry.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelindsay, matilda/15
SenderLindsay, Matilda (n. McCullough)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPort Clinton, Penn., USA
DestinationCo. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientMcCullough, William
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD/3305/2/2: Deposited by Dr. K. A. Miller.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9805135
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:05:98.
Word Count1027
TranscriptPort Clinton April 27th 1847

Dear William
You cannot know how glad I was to
receive your letter, & particularly so as I know
how much you dislike to write, & yet if you knew how
glad I am to receive a letter you would write often.
I know from experience that no one at home with all thier
[their ?] old associations & scenes of thier [their ?]
childhood around them can receive a letter with the
same feelings as I do now, to me it is almost like a
visit from the writer, if I lived any place where I
would meet with aquaintances or country people I suppose
it would even make a difference
You hope I do not forget you but how can you
think so I do not forget you in my prayers, & very often
do I remember you in my sleep.
I do not know what to think of Hughs Badony
visit I hope if he succeeds it will be for good - but this I do
think if he had (to use his own words) "taken care in time"
he would not have to make money so much an object, & he
would have saved himself & others many a heartache many
a thought he is to me, but I often hope he will do well
yet, but Dear Wm [William ?] we often hope what we would
wish to be - I do not know how Uncle David may do here
it will be very hard to settle such a large helpless
family, but if he is spared his health for a few years
the family I think will be better than at home, for
even the labourers here if steady & industrious can live
well for the comforts of life. - I often think of what
suffering must be in Ireland this year, but I do not
think there is so much profit in sending flour to Ireland
as you think, they who own the ships may have profit but
freight is too high for others to have any - John Mc says
he will write to you & I cannot say very much to John
Lindsay about writing to Ballyartan as none of you has
written to him & it seems somewhat disrespectful, but as you
say ( & I am certain [Torn]) your silence was niether
[neither ?] from disrespect nor unkindness, I hope the
the rest can say so too - my drawers is a good deal shook
& cast & it is no wonder if we had sailed from Derry to
Philadelphia we would niether [neither ?] had so much
trouble nor expense the drawers cost more than they are worth
still I have them here now & does not repent having bought
John was up with me for the first time, the week
before last, he has given up what he was at & before
again engaging in anything came up to see me & stop a
few days, we had a letter from him last week he had
a prospect of a situation but had not got one, he spoke
of having recieved a letter from Ross Adams by Captain
Williams - we are expecting a letter from him every
day as he knows I will be anxious until he is fixed
the day John left Mary Jane Mitchell & her husband
came here - she had never visited Mr Savitys freinds (who
all live in Philadelphia) until now, on her arrival she wrote
so that I might go down but I had not been well for
some time before & was still too weak to take
the journey, so her & Mr Savity came up to see me., she
said her chief inducement for coming such a long
journey was to see me, that she had never seen one
she knew since she left home. Mr Savity is an
insignificant looking little body, she is a little
changed only something stouter she wished me to remember
her to you all particularly to my Father & Jane she wishes
Jane to write to her she asked after Mr Nimmo & family
& said she would be glad some of them would write to
her - she boasted of Mr Savitys fine friends & how I would
have enjoyed myself among them had I went down, she talked
of her own fine house & how happy her Mother lived
with her
You bid me ask anything I wish to know but
think how many things I would have to ask you if I
seen you & you even then write me a long letter I have
no news here to send you yet I write you a long letter of
one stuff or another & if I have ommitted anything
tell me & I will write again - you know there is a
great many things I would like to know how every thing
was getting on & yet you would not wish to write them
John bids me say he will write to you
soon he wrote to Hugh & James by the last mail I
hope some of them will answer his letter we had a
N paper [Newspaper ?] from James once he had written
inside the cover that he hoped we got the letter but we
did not - John desires to be remembered [to ?] you all
in the kindest manner - give my love to Father Aunt
Jane & Hugh & remember me to all enquiring freinds,
tell Jane Hamilton I got her letter & give my thanks
to Eliza for the cuffs when you write tell me particularly
how Father gets his health, I am almost quite well again &
I hope will continue so, I hope you will write often
it would not take so much time once in the month &
you cannot think what pleasure it would give me & now
Dear William good bye & may you all be happy is
the sincere prayer of
Your Affectionate Sister

Matilda Lindsay
if you could send us a N paper [Newspaper ?] sometimes we
would very glad