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Title: [Thomas?] McIntyre, Boston to Martha, [Co. Tyrone?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcintyre, t/21
SenderMcIntyre, T.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlabourer
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginBoston, Mass., USA
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2722/1: Copied by Permission of Miss E. Throne, Bready, Strabane, Co. Tyrone.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007180
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:02:1994.
Word Count1499
TranscriptBoston August 27th 55 [1855?]

Dear Sister I now take up my pen to answer your letter.
I am almost ashamed to offer my apology for my carelessness in
not writing sooner knowing as I do that the want of news is no
excuse to folks at home but there is one thing I will say you
are not more uneasy than I am [?] [?] from you all short
as the time is since I left you there has been some changes
In the neighbourhood I was a good deal surprised to hear
of folk some of the deaths and marriages that had happened
amongst my old neighbours and I may say that Miss [Stuarts?]
marriage was not last I was almost sorry that I was not
to help you with your soiree as I expect my name
would have appeared in some of your poets works shortly
after it I congratulate Wm [William?] Orr very highly on the respect with
which the people appears by that affair to hold him in) [?]
I was very sorry to hear of the way in which my friend [?]
behaved at last but I hope it is not so bad as was at first
reported when you write let me know if there is any account from
him [since?] you were wanting to know how I liked the
plastering there is no trade I would sooner be at but people
need not calculate on doing just what they want when they
come out here for as far as I can see the very reverse often
happens but there are plenty would be glad of the chance I got
let it turn out as it may for I tell you times are every thing [everything?] but good here at present provisions are almost at famine prices flour is selling at present at 12 1/2$ per barrell [barrel?] at 20 Cents P [Per?] pound and every thing [everything?] else dear in proportion

You cannot have board here under 3 1/4$ to 3 1/2 in any kind of
a decent place I had to leave where Robert boards to be near
my work I live about 2 Miles in the city from where he does
The [They?] are american people and very nice folks to live with. I
pay 3 dollars and pay for my washing after that and that
takes the most of 1/2 a dollar of course it is nothing to me
but men here working for small wages and paying such
prices for board cannot save much money for my part
the only trouble I have about it at present is work hard
every day and carry it in to my boarding mistress on
saturday nights however if I live long enough it I hope wont
be so alwas [always?] I write this least [lest?] you should be afraid
of my spending my money foolishly but although I say this
in [---ting?] I have seen them that came out here with
greater expectations than I had would be glad to work
as hard as I do for their board for some time for this
country is overburdened with our countrymen and women
there is one of Trains ships to leave here tomorrow this is
her second passage to Liverpool since I came here and she
is taking 500 passengers home 57 of whom are paupers
sent home by government This will give you some Idea

of what sort of times are here [nevertheless?] people in any
Mechanical buisness [business?] are paid well for their work Robert
is working steady or I may say going Idle steady for he
is foreman in the work and he may work or not as he
pleases at 2 1/4 dollars P [Per?] day but it is very few gets
the same chance to learn a trade as he did nowadays
and there are as few as steady as he is in any trade

Dear Martha You will think it strange I suppose when
I tell you that I was to hear Mr Stevenson of N York [New York?] preach
Yesterday Prejudiced as I was against him I did not Know
til [until?] afterwards who he was and I assure you his sermon did
not find much to do away with my prejudices poor as old
Blakie is and there is no good in saying any thing [anything?] about him
but that he is one of the most miserable preachers on the face
of the earth I prefer him to Stevenson he has been on here
several Times he is trying to get up a congregation in this city
there is not more than from 20 to 30 families in the city belonging
to that body and he talked yesterday of them paying 200 dollars
at most for a minister that would be thought very high at
home and yet it is no way uncommon here Robert pays 8 dollars
a year for his sitting besides more collections for other purposes
than you do in Mr Porters when you write let me know how
how the [they?] are getting along with your new Meeting house and if
the [they?] will have it ready for the congregation this winter I would
travel 2 or 3 Miles on a pretty rough day to hear Mr Porter the first
day in it for I feel very little pleasure in listening to old Blakie
Dear Martha I have taken up my paper so with other nonsense
that I will scarcely have room for what I ought to write
I will be wantin [wanting?] to know in your next letter what you are
all doing for after this day I do not know what you are about
but I know to day [today?] you are all or at least a good part of you
in donemanna [Donemana?] fair I am just thinking as I sit here
alone of the times I used to have on these occasions but
as Robert said one time there are no Donemanna [Donemana?] fairs here there is
nothing here but work hard today and go to bed at night and rise and work harder tomorrow nothing but work work away

Dear Martha when you write let me know all about
the crops and all your affairs in general as there are a great
many things I want to know that would make my letter [foolish?]
as it is look worse but there is no stranger to see mine so I
want you to write every thing [everything?] about [?] affairs about home
Let me know how Loughmase folks are doing these times and
how Uncle Lenny is getting on I was glad to hear that
You had Jamie Rush hired but I am afraid sometimes
that he may go and leave you in the throng of the Work
let me know how the lint has done this season I fear
it will be a poor crop in general and how the

potatoes are doing this season let me know if [-hat?]
account is from the Kilgores and how Wm [William?] likes Texas
and if Joseph still talks of coming out to this country
John wants to know if I play the fiddle any now but you
may tell him that if he was here to put on mortar for one week
he would have very little notion about fiddling on saturday
nights however as I hope he will never know that I want him
to practise well and if he writes me a letter shortly I will send him
2 or 3 nice tunes and a newspaper or 2 let me know how his foot is doing this summer I sometimes think when I go to my room to sit or lay from I quit my work till [until?] I get up in the morning without any one [anyone?] to speak to me of the nights when we used to sit down by the fire and draw down our old fiddles and you may think my meditations are not very pleasant however people need not expect a great deal enjoyment when they come here Dear Martha let me know when you write how
your health has been this summer and when you are coming to take care
of our house but to tell you the truth I would sooner far hear of you staying to help your mother till [until?] you would get some little shanty of your own Give my love to all my old neighbours and friends whom I should remember although I do not mention them by name as I thought it always looked foolish to see a string of give my loves in a letter Robert Joins with me in sending our love to you all father mother sisters and brothers You will scarce be able to make this out I was just beginning to think that I had the trowel in my hand write soon and direct as usual
Farewell all T [Thomas?] McIntyre