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Title: Member of the Coman family, Cincinnati to his mother, County Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationschoolmaster
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHamilton County, Ohio, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9309090
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 01:09:1993
Word Count592
Transcript State of Ohio.

Hamilton County, January 15, 1841.

Dear Mother,
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.