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Title: John Carse, [Pennsylvania?] to "Brother Robert."
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarse, John/4
SenderCarse, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginErie, Penn., USA
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientCarse, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceDonated by Mrs. I.J. Beattie, 120 Carsonstown Rd., Lisowen, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, BT24 7JN
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9903073
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:03:99.
Word Count787
TranscriptErie February 5th 1855

Brother Robert
as I am not very
Busy at present I will write you a
few lines I had the Pleasure of reading a
letter from you sometime ago to Thomas
I was glad to hear that you and George was
doing well I have no doubt But you will do well
in the timber Buisiness [business?] look out and
Shave close when you have a chance I hear also
that Archy is getting along well with Boyd
I would like to have a letter from Archy sometime
I sent him two Newspapers did he get
them Archy may think it hard of me not
sending for him to come to this country as he
requested me the reason of that was I did
not want him to leave home the [they?] had so
much till do & few till work or make
Markets Archy would do well in this
Country But I think that a farmer in
Ireland can make money now of Land
if the [they?] should only raise Cattle &
horses I have a letter from Thomas every week his
last I will send you so as you will see
he is well he had a Bad cold But is Better
I got a long letter from Uncle Johnny
McCann lately he gives all his friends a
Lecture But us he says Uncle Samuel
is rich But if he had not Been Lazy and
careless he might Been far Richer he
Speaks hard of Uncle Jack Being a hard Task
Master after reading his long & foolish
letter I sent it to Thomas so as he would
have a reading of it you will see by Tom
[Toms?] letter that he dont give Uncle Jimmy
much credit for abuseing [abusing?] his older and
wiser Brothers I Received a letter from Saml
[Samuel?] on Monday last I was happay [happy?] to
hear all was well & Mothers arm getting Better
I was glad to hear that he got our letters
safe I send them the Citizen every
week I would send some papers to you
But Thos [Thomas?] takes the New York times
& said he would send you some regular
& the Citizen & times is both good papers
we had a very open & Pleasant winter here
on till [until?] the first of January since it
is very severe such frost & heavy falls of snow I
never wittnessed [witnessed?] it is impossible
some days to go out doors when it clears up there is
[overland?] sleighing I take some good Sleigh rides
I have scarcely any thing till do this winter
we are not begun to repair the Steam Boats
or Vessels yet on account of cold weather
about the first of March I will have
Plenty to attend to we had a great Rail
war here this winter again there is a good
deal of Sport I attend all the Meetings
But dont interfere in any Side the High
Sheriff & several Deputies came one day
that Erie folks was teasing down the
Bridges & attempted to take some prisoners
But the Mob chased them of [off?] & covered
them with rotten eggs & give them some
hard knocks with Stones & Brick Bats Women &
all was out I never seen greater
sport we will have another war some
day soon again & some fighting to [too?]
I Bought four town Lots last week
up conveinant [convenient?] to the Rail Road Depot
from a man the name of Thos [Thomas?] Lennon
formerly of the Inch near Downpatrick
I paid him $500 for them I got
them cheap as Mr Lennon wanted the
Money he is going to move unto a
farm he Bought some 12 Miles from
here Money is Better in Lots as ag
[against?] interest in any Banks where the
[they?] Break so often I have some thought of
taking a trip up through the Western Country
soon & buy a farm while land is cheap
farms sells to [too?] high here at present
Markets of all kinds is high & farmers
is Making Plenty of Money I would
not want a farm to live on it is hard work
I can Make Money easyier [easier?] But land is sure
I wish to Be remembered to Father Mother
& Brothers I hope the [they?] are all well
is Cousin John McCann in Belfast yet
write soon & let me know all News I am well
Burn this when you read it
I remain as ever your wellwishing Brother
John Carse
I have just now received a letter from Thomas
as I was putting this into the Post Office
on opening it I find February 3d he is well
John Carse