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Title: Mary Ann Cathcart, Rockycreek, to Mrs William Stavely, Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCathcart, Mary Ann/76
SenderCathcart, Mary Ann
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginRockycreek, Florida?
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs William Stavely
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1835/27/2/3: Deposited by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310017
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 01:10:1993
Word Count570
TranscriptLetter from Mary Ann Cathcart, Rockycreek,
[USA?] to Mrs. William Stavely, Corkey,
Parish of Loughgill, County Antrim.

Rockycreek February 18th 1818.

Mrs Stavely
My dear friend I embrace the huried [hurried?]
moment to communicate a few of the vicisitudes [vicissitudes?]
through which a I have passed since our last interview though
they are to [too?] many for the bounds of a letter in the
first place we had a tedious severe passage of seventy-five
days and was greatly tossed with contrary winds the first five
weeks we were much alarmed at our arrival by hearing of a
violent fever that had ragd [raged?] in Ctown [Cottown?] and
caried [carried?] many of our countrymen of [off?] the stage
of time in four hours after their arrival but we with great
anxiety to meet with our relations and a degree of fortitude
necessary on such an ocasion [occasion?] went to the place
directed when we were informed that Brother Robert had not
been there for six months but that waggons with his merchant
goods had left town the preceeding day then I wrote to him
imediately [immediately?] but it being the week of Court he
sent Brother James to meet us he was with us in ten days and
agreed with a wagoner to carry us to [wonsborow?] he rode
along with us ten days and went home to let mother know we
were well and had escaped the fever then he acompanied
[accompanied?] by father and brother Robert came thirty miles
to meet us I have as yet little knowledge of this extensive
country and therefore will leave it to some of your relations
who are more adequate to describe it I have seen none of them
but Mr. and Mrs Bones their family is all well and I understand
there is little intimacy betwixt fathers family and them none
of them came to see us or to receive your letters but nothing
could disuade [dissuade?] me from paying them a visit as your
letters were all directed there brother Robert went with me
the family were all gone to see Miss Adams but Mr. and Mrs.
Bones they expressed the utmost satisfaction at seeing me and
hearing from you and the week following came to fathers and
spent a day with us they gave me an invitation to spend
Christmas there as the[-----torn] expected this family there
from agusta [Augusta?] which [----torn] would accepted but we
were preparing to mo[----torn] to Rockycreek where
[-----damaged] reside it is on the [------torn] Robert
purchased for father and gave five hun[----torn] dollars for
it but the man he got it from [---torn] left it the last month
which caused him [---torn] rent a place for them the last year
in a [----torn] what he has done for all of us is past the
com[--torn]sion of any but th[--torn] who experienced it
[----torn] of you as soon as you receive this to write to me
[---torn] first opertuntiy [opportunity?] and [---torn]t Mrs.
McCleery know [---torn]rticles sent by me to Mrs. Adams caried
[carried?] with Mr. Bones and he promised to send them by his
[---torn] John as the family of Mr. Fitsimons [Fitzsimons?]
were left clou[torn] acount [account?] of the fever time forbids
to write any more but to be remembered to Mr. Stavely to John and
Mary and also to plead an apology for this scribble
and believe me sincerely yours
Mary ann Cath Cart [Cathcart?]