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Title: O'Brien, George to O'Brien, Joseph Sinton, 1843
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderO'Brien, George
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen worker
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginDublin, Ireland
DestinationNYC, USA
RecipientO'Brien, Joseph Sinton
Recipient Gendermale
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Genrewants to emigrate, prospects, wishes him well on his recovery, asks about Indians and Niagara falls
TranscriptDublin 7th month 25th 1843

My dear Cousin
I was agreeably surprised at receiving a few lines from thee written at New York, enclosing thy father's letter to me,
and hope it is but the commencement of a correspondence to be kept up between us, unless it be mat we will be
brought closer together. Thou says thou would be glad to welcome me to the land of Liberty; often do I wish myself
there and look forward to being in it at some future time; but there are many things that appeal as obstacles in
the way; die first and greatest is the want of means, the which if I could command, I think I would soon be on
the bosom of the wide Atlantic; the others are the importunities of my father & brothers & sisters to remain at home. They would fain persuade me chat I can do better in this country than I could in America: but since I first
heard of America I have a wish to go there, and I do not think I will ever be content until I go out and see for
myself if I cannot do better. At all events I think I will go and spent 2 or 3 years there and if I find at the end of
that time that there is no probability of my being better if there than here, I [trust?] that it will not be entirely out
of my power to return.
I have not seen Aunt Susanna since I received thy letter bur delivered thy message to her by letter. Lisburn is
within about 80 English miles of this, and although with us considered a pretty good distance would in your large
country be considered but a trifle. I had a long letter from Aunt a few days since in which she mentioned having
seen James Bell who had lately arrived from New York.
I was sorry to hear that thou were obliged to go home on account of the delicate state of thy health but I expect
by the time thou receives this thee wilt be perfectly restored. I intended enclosing Uncle's letter to thee to New
York but when I heard that thou had returned home I concluded on addressing it direct to him as I [did] before.
There are some few particulars that I would be glad to learn with respect to your settlement that I thought would
be more suitable to ask thee of, than troubling uncle about such trifles. I had an idea until I read uncle's letter that
yours was rather an old settlement and that there would be scarcely any trace of original forest for many miles, bur
I suppose you are not far from the woods. Is there any settlement of Indians near you: they are a people I have
always felt an interest in, and a wish to become acquainted with some of their habits. Are they becoming at all
civilized by their communication with the white population or do they live entirely to themselves. How far are you
from the great falls of Niagara, hast thou ever been to see them: I have a great wish to see them. I am very fond
of my [thing] grand or beautiful in nature, and have at different rimes walked many miles to see the beauties of
the county Wieldow of which thou hast doubtless heard. There was one day last summer that I walked upwards
of 50 English miles in the Wicklow Mountains and stood in the shop the next day without feeling the least
inconvenienced from it.
I commenced the letter to Uncle nearly a week ago but could not get it finished until last night; but it is time
enough, as the mail packet does not sail from Liverpool until the 4th next month. I forgot to say to address his
letter as before, for although I have not since changed my place of abode, I do not know how soon I may. Hoping
soon to have a long letter from thee I am

thy affectionate Cousin
Geo O'Brien