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Title: J. Carlisle, Brooklyn to William Locke, Co. Louth.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarlisle, J/3
SenderCarlisle, J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschoolmaster?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBrooklyn, NYC, USA
DestinationCo. Louth, Ireland
RecipientLocke, William
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1790/5/1: No Publication without Permission of Miss D. Quinn, Merriview, Quayhill, Ballycaslte, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9403180
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:03:1994.
Word Count748
TranscriptBrooklyn 162 Myrtle Avenue
Jany 30th 1857.

Dear Wm [William?]
I rec [received?] Sisters letter of the 4th inst, just
about an hour since, & I do assure you it has brought
my spirits low to think that I have so neglected, and this
caused you with all of them much unneasiness [uneasiness?], I
must confess I have neglected but it was not desired
neglect, I believe I have written as many as five, or
six letters to one or other of my old friends and one
circumstance and another has defered [deferred?] me from getting
them posted and sent off. I cannot say it has
caused me so much unneasiness [uneasiness?] perhaps as
what it has to you. Yet I do assure I was far
from being content while not getting them sent
off - and if I should not write as constantly
as you be expecting, do not think I am forgetful
for I have rather an inconvenience in writing
under my present circumstances. I am
much rejoiced to find all going on so well still.
I believe it would have been very imprudent
of you to have come out with me, as I fear we
would all have been placed in unpleasant circumstances
not that I apprehend that we should come to want
but your circumstances and enjoyments, I believe
would be far below that which you at present possess.
There is not a man or woman living, need come
here with the prospect of being prosperous
without first having his [mind?] composed of a
determination to pass through whatever he or she
may meet with, with this determination I left
the foot of "Cruslive" and with determination
I crossed the Atlantic and with it within my
breast I wrote this letter, when a man leaves
his home let him bring his [views?] to their lowest
standard and then he will be sure to meet with
no disappointment. I believe I am just as well
off in regard to my temporal circumstances as if
I stayed at home, I mean in my present position,
but I am only in my infancy here yet. I know
not what good awaits me in the future, but
one thing let me cheer you with, that whether I have
riches or poverty I will learn to be content,
these few fasting days will soon pass by and when
I get to a better Country I hope to wear as bright a
Crown as the richest potentate [time?] has ever
known, Schoolmasters here are not paid so
well as in the old Country generally speaking
you as a schoolteacher here could realize nothing
like what you have where you are and Dear Wm [William?]
I would tell you, (with the assurance that I feel
more for your interest than for my own), that you
would be far from being as comfortable here
had you came as you are at home and when circumstances
turn for the worse 'tis then time enough
for you to come here. I have known men getting
a college education in the old Country and
have to commence to peddle around with
paper and lead pencils here and sleep in the
open street at night, but I do not look for
such results as this to attend on you coming
If you ever should have to come [?] I trust
in him who feedeth the sparrows. I am sure
he would not have it so Dear Wm [William?] I must
soon close this, a letter to mother will accompany
it so you can see both, remember in conclusion
that my prayer will ever be for your prosperity
and if you ever have to come here I trust
providence to be your guide. I understand
from sisters first letter that you have had
news from Jane We found it very convenient
being all together and she kept in
exceeding good spirits during the whole
voyage and as you desired me
to Pack some Envelops [Envelopes?] for her I told her
to remind me of it in N. [New?] York and yet we both
had the misfortunes to forget. I must conclude
I will write soon again and if ever you
should be long in recg [receiving?] a letter again take
it all for good from my [inconvenient?] position.
I will expect to have a letter from you soon
and to my utmost I will endeavour to answer
it immediately on its receipt & so to farewell
for the present. direct to 162 Myrtle Avenue
N Y [New York?]
& [remember?] me
Your Affectionate friend
J. Carlisle