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Title: [H?] Campbell, Letterbratt to Dear Brother Robert
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCampbell, Andrew/31
SenderCampbell, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationland owner
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLetterbratt, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceThe Campbell Documents, the Ulster American Folk Park
ArchiveThe Campbell Documents, the Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.611084
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument Added by JM, 02/01/2007
Word Count1315
Transcript[Page 1]
Letterbratt 28th January 1861

Dear Brother Robert
Your letter of
the 18th ult [ultimo?] and one from John Campbell
I received on the 8th inst and I answered
Johns letter the mail before last- Brother
Hughs letter to Mrs McFarland concerning
his brother estate was received the day
before yesterday and we were rejoiced to
hear Hugh say he and his family are so
happy and contented & that your children
were such a pleasure to them and we
we [sic] feel so happy at little Roberts [foal?]
getting well from what brother Hugh
writes of him & sister Ann tells of him
he must be a most interesting child
but [all?] your children are spoken highly
of by those who have seen them-
was it not very a kind act of John
Campbell to send such a present - it is
not so much the value of the present
but the kind feeling that dictated it.
I am glad to hear you speak so favourably
of Johns management and of
Charlottes housekeeping- what a contrast
betwixt him and unfortunate A. Clark
I wrote poor Mary some 3 or 4 weeks
since and dear Robt I find your kindness
and Hughs [are?] [-----ing?] towards her and
I wish I could say her [orphans?] but
Gods time we must wait [of?]

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Thanks to your liberality I have
got my house roofed and it is a very
neat & substantial built house as is in
all the country- after [F?] McFarland
sent you the amt [amount?] it cost I had to send
to Derry for near 3 [worth?] of slates
to finish out as the [slates?] [calculations?]
came that much short and I consider
that when I now get on the doors and
windows that is required (I will make
some old doors & windows of the old house
[so?] ) that the [100?] will be fully [----?]
and if right finished will be a much
neater house than Hughs that cost 200.
If I live to summer I will try to get
the floor laid & a part of the inside
put into habitable repair that we will
move into about August- it will take
upwards of 50 to cut plaster & get
materials & pay workmen & I had the
rent of one of my tenants laid out to
begin with & the fellow carried all off
and left the rent unpaid but if I
live I will do all gradually & my old
house I think will [scarce?] [stand?] to
I have the other habitable I return
you many & sincere thanks for giving me
the means of building & slating such
a comfortable house to spend the remains
of my days in & Betty is highly elated
at the prospect of getting into a
large and comfortable [sleeping?] room
instead of the small one without a fire
place we have [occupied?] these 39 years past

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our foolish [reckless?] son Robert B.
I am unwilling even to mention or to
think of what will become of him for
I dread the very worst from the many
opportunities you gave & he has
profited by now & John Campbell
speaks very unfavourably of him. I
have bequeathed him the [one?] half of this
farm but I hope he will not come here
[untill?] his mother & I are called home for
if he does & no improvement in his character
he will speedily bring [our?] grey hairs
with [saviour?] to the grave.
Poor sister Ann has been ailing
for several weeks past & expected death
almost certain but it has pleased God to
give her relief & we trust she will yet
be spared to continue an honour to her
friends & the Country she lives in it
would be the greatest loss that my family
could sustain her death. She has two
good boys & a large stock of cattle and
the labour goes on as usual - she was not
confined to her bed but could eat no solid
food or [serve?] any food for 3 weeks &
she is now able to go out to the sandyhills
in the car & we hope next week she
will be able to come down here may
God grant that- she [---nate?] sister [mary?]
the week before last I think and I
would have written you before now
but [----ing?] its changed which I thank God
is for the better- Betty and I are [weaving?]
down lifes hill rapidly but thank God neither of
us have any particular ailment and we
have an affectionate agreeable child our
daughter Virginia who trys [tries?] to make

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us both happy [but?] as all my daughters
who are married was married very young
and she is more [----?] at her age than any
of the others we do not not [sic] know when
an offer would be made we would not
wish to refuse would you please write me
what might be the amount of the 50
you said you would take care [for?] [her?] in
1850 when I was over & the other 50
you also left for when sister ann was
[over?]- in this country you [are?] [aware?]
this is the first matter looked after
by a father who has a son that
he has desirable property for but
there is nothing [yet?] a proposing but
we cannot tell when -
I am very much concerned about
the [secession?] movement much more
than the talked of invasion of Ireland
but I hope there will be no bloodshed or
evil war- It was Buchanans speech raised
this storm he is not now able to quell
and I fear your state [garrison?] is
another [blow?] the [coal?] but there are
some sensible & judicious remarks in the
Journal of Commerce Kansas City in the
situation of members for the state convention
which if adhered to the danger may not
be so great- I get the reading of many
papers at the post office besides my own
& I am all anxiety for the United States
God grant a speedy settlement & protect
all our friends- I am joined by Betty
and Virginia in kind love to all [H?] Campbell

[Written on left side of page 1]
My son Hugh went to live in his new house
on the 15th of November and he his wife
& lovely little son are in good health [poor?]
[fellow?] he was not well [prepared?] for taking
the charge of a house & providing for it
Wm [William?] Moore gave him 200 & the
[mere?] building & finishing of [one?] room
cost this he then had not a [-----ted?] [beast?].

[written on left side of page 3]
I gave him a good young horse worth 22 & a
new cart & harness value for 6 and a cow &
heifer for 10 besides household furniture such
as tables & chairs and [---?] the use of my
[Clough?] [Harness?] & every [farming?] implement
& when he had [very?] little [milk?] I had to give
him 7 to buy another cow- Wm [William?] Moores

[Written on left side of page 2]
made a present of 2 heifers to him but Wm
[William?] [Moore?]is very stingy and will give him
no help but the 200 although he has cash plenty
in bank- I have left myself [very?] [poor?]
trying to help him out of debt & he is not
[indebted?] one penny and has 6 head of
[corn?] cattle & a [horse?] & a calf John
McLaughlin bestowed him.

[written on left side of page 4]
I hope he will do well poor fellow- I also gave him
all the benefit of my [manure?] these two years past
and it has left me to buy my provision for the summer
but if I had not assisted he had no cash nor Wm [William?]
Moore would not [lend?] him 50 which he knew he could
& would have [---?] [him?] so I did all I could &
left him from borrowing.