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Title: [?], Cookstown, to "Dear Mary", [U.S.A.?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpreparing to leave for Australia
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCookstown, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained and Document donated by Mrs Margaret McGinty,1 Ardgannon Quarry Lane, Dungannon.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9706248
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 25:06:97.
Word Count460
October 26th 1858
Dear Mary,
I received your kind & welcome
letter on 25th Instant which gave me great
Satisfaction of youse [have you?] been all well I am
well Thank Goodness at present Dear Mary
it is true enough about me going to Australia
I intend to go with the help of God my
passage is paid I have go [got?] all my letters only
the Captains letter. I was up with my mother.
Before that I paid my passage-money and I
consulted and I consulted with my mother
and Sister. and She consulted for to let me go
my Sister Betty was talking about going with
me and I will do all I can for to get her with
me Dear Mary the journey is far. and I do not
Know how soon I may be called away I will
not be going up to I be taking my leave of youse
all [you all?] there is a girl going from this
town whose name is Mary Kane and I will be glad to
have her alongst [along side?] with me as she is a
good Catholic I would expect will be a right good
commend but the best command that I will have I hope
and trust will be the B. V. [Blessed Virgin?] Mary and
our Lord and Saviour as a father to me I hope and trust
to be under their care wherever that I go and
as long as I am under their care I need not care
where I do go my dear Mary though if I shall
I be in a foreign land and the deep dark blue sea shall
far between us expand you never shall be out of
my mind it will be late and early I will always
think on you Dear Mary it was my own Inclination
for to go to Australia and with the help of God
I intend to make the better of it I thought to be
with Charles McAnally and I was vexed that
I was not but I was put back for another time.
I Know my mother and Sisters will be vexed
after me but I never could make a Rise of it
in this country after we had parted if we do
not meet in earth beneath I hope we will all
meet in heaven above never more to be sepearated
My mother has written to John it might be
Christmas before I have a chance of
going away I am not shure [sure?] how long it may
be gave [give?] my love to my Grand mother
I was glad to hear by your letter that aunt
Ellen was greatly improved at the store gave [give?]
my love to all my friends and wellwishers