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Title: McIlrath, James L to McIlrath family, 1860
CollectionThe McIlrath Letters_A family history in letters from New Zealand to Ireland (1860-1915) [Bassett, McKee et al.]
SenderMcIlrath, James L
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationemigrant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLiverpool, England
DestinationKillinchy, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
RecipientMcIlrath family
Recipient Gendermale-female
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count397
Genreaccount of passage
TranscriptLiverpool Dock, Dec 1860
Father, Mother and brothers,
I now take this opportunity to let you know we are all well hoping you are all the same.
We left Belfast on Monday night at half past 7 and landed in Liverpool at half past 11 on
Tuesday after a severe night - for my part I was not the least afraid the waves dashed over the
deck you could not imagine nor one describe such a scene. I did not see a single one that was
not seasick except myself up to about 6 in the morning and then only a little. Hamilton was
the first of us threw up and William vomited time about and both together I went to see to get
some water for them and after drinking myself vomited directly but was shortly better. The
reports we heard of the lads in Liverpool was too true they are a sore set but we watched the
Boys. We carried out our own boxes and 4 of us got a cart for 1/=, to carry our boxes to the
ship offices. We are clear of Liverpool with very little expense. We took tea aboard the Belfast
steamer before we landed that morning, and eat nothing till on board the Donald McKay
last night. We have managed everything well for so far we examined the two small boxes and
they're all safe but two eggs that we can see. We had a very busy day yesterday getting all
things managed we got the bedding and tin ware at what we expected but when we were ready
to start after having run from we landed I saw we had nothing for a tea pot 1 ran back for them
but they cost six pence a piece extra and when I got back they were just starting. There is two
Germans a Co.Derry man a Co.Armagh man a man from the Cottown and us three in one
room. The Germans have both instruments of music and are playing at this time. We have
just bought a lamp and candles which will be very useful as we are in the dark after night. We
have got tea and biscuits twice last night and this morning, we will get out to Liverpool this day
if we like free.

Best wishes to all neighbours and friends from,
James Mcllrath (off Liverpool)