|Title:||Member of the Coman family, Cincinnati to his mother, County Antrim|
|Collection||Irish Emigration Database|
|Origin||Hamilton County, Ohio, USA|
|Destination||Co. Antrim, N.Ireland|
|Archive||The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.|
|Log||Action By Date Document added by C. R., 01:09:1993|
|Transcript|| State of Ohio.|
Hamilton County, January 15, 1841.
I am now situated so that I have time to let my mind wander to the place
that gave me being and to those who are dear to me not only by relation or
by acquaintance and I [trust?] by profession, and as I now enjoy good
health from the fountain of every blessing. I trust this will find you
and all my friends in this same state of health and also acknowledging with
grateful hearts the [--------?] of the same.
I have not much to write to you of importance, but I am satisfied was if
only to sit down and make the two first letters of my name it would be an
acknowledgment to you that you have a son separated from you [..il?] that
you [laugh?] to honor his father and mother and whilst I here look back to
your [----?] bringing I will also remember a man that I believe [is?] now
engaged in teaching school with you who taught me to make these letters; let him know that his labor has not been in vain . My mind often going back to see him laboring whilst perhaps he [torn] those instructed by him do not think that it will be a friend when riches fail. I am now engaged in teaching which brings these thoughts more freely to my mind. I am living eleven miles North West of Cincinnati nearly the same place as when I wrote to you about two years ago.
I get 80 Dollars, per Quarter. I lived in town last summer and have got
my house up and mostly finished. it [It?] cost me nearly double as much as
I expected which gave me no little uneasiness. but [But?] I have sold my
land that will enable me to finish it with ease. I have it rented now for
10 1/2 dollars per month and when I get it finished up it will cost me about 1800 dollars and bring me about 200 a year if rented. It is 19 feet in front and two rooms deep which extend 32 feet and 3 stories high besides the garret. I sold my land this fall or have writings drawn which bind the
purchaser to pay me two hundred dollars again the 13th of April and, 300
hundred a year afterwards with interest at 6 per cent. He sold his place
and is not to get his payment till that time, if he fails in the payments I
am to hold the land. These last eighteen months or two years have been hard on farmers and people of every occupation, produce is about 1/3 lower than it was about 1 or 2n years ago. A great many were out of employment last season and farmers had to sell produce low. I know if I had not built my house I should [have?] been idle, but it kept me a going and when I have carpenter work to do at my house I can always exchange my work for it. Butter sold last sason [season?] and now from 12 1/2 to 18 3/4 cents per lb. [libra(e) = pound?], potatoes [potatoes?] from 20 to 25 cents per bushel, flour one dollar and fifty cents per 100 lbs. [libra(e) = pounds?], it is now worth two dollars and times we expect will now get better for this fall we elected a new.....
P.S. For want of room at the last I wish you to [direct?] your letters to
the Cincinnatti [Cincinnati?] Post Office.