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Title: Archibald Carson, Philadelphia to his mother.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarson, Archibald/33
SenderCarson, Archibald
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationattendant at a hospital
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2077/4: Copied by Permission of William Carson Esq., Artiferral, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8903090
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 15:11:1993.
Word Count438
TranscriptPhiladelphia 6th December 1854

Dear Mother
I for a length of time Back had in
Contemplation writing home to you by way of letting you
know how I was and where, But to my Sorrow I
was told that my Two Brothers Both died in Colera [Cholera?]
James & William I was told that last week when
in the City I am about a Mile out of of it in the
Insane Hospital as an atendant [attendant?] I have been
there the last Nine months the wages is 14 Dollars
per month Bed and Board and washing the
work is not hard but sometimes unpleasant
however we cannot get all sweets without some
Sours and I have had my share of difficulties
from time to time, when I came here I was
Glad to go and work on a Public RailRoad and
Remained with the same people from that time
untill [until?] I got the present situation which is much
less exposed to the Heat and Cold, I could have
Called to see you all Before leaving the Country
But was Obliged to go off in Rather a Hurried
manner from the Exposure of Some of my friends
But I have got that surmounted, I wish I had
had the good fortune of coming out Some Twenty
or Thirty years since I wish to Get My Son Andy
out on the Spring as he is loosing his time
where he is he could do better here if helth [health?]
stands good, I never had Better helth [health?] in my life
I am a Stone and a half weighter that I Ever was
and never has as Easy work since I commenced the
farming, please write me soon and give me
the particulars of James & Williams Death and
how their familys [families?] are, and Dear Robert and Family
and the Messrs Manus and Family and all
My other friends - Times here is Bad at the
present my son James sends his best love
to you and all he is got a sturdy Boy he has
Bound himself an apprentice to be a Mashinist [Machinist?]
one of the Best Trades here Bound himself
Four years - it was Mr James L--- [Lyle?] Brother to
Mrs. James Orr that told me about the Death of
My Brother I see him Every time I am in Town
which is one afternoon Every second week he
is very Kind to me My Trunks still remain
at his house Remember me to your sister
Mrs Robert Orr and the family and all the
[Parks?] family and the Lough [habbin?] folks
I add no more But remain
Yours [Your?] affectionate son
Archd [Archibald?] Carson