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Title: David Cooke, County Tyrone, to Joseph Cooke, Pennsylvania
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCooke, David/163
SenderCooke, David
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationNew Alexandria, Pennsylvania, USA
RecipientCooke, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT.3592/5: Deposited by Mrs Mary E. Cook Bradley
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9407235
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 19:07:1994.
Word Count598
TranscriptMr. Joseph Cook 10- [10 cents?]
Mearchs [Merchants?] New
Allexandria [Alexandria?], Westmoreland
County, State of Pensilvenia [Pennsylvania?]

April 29th
Esker Dower 1830

My dear son Joseph
I reced. [Received?] yours Dated May [1st?] 1829 and we are happy in
mind and heart thanks to God for his mercys [mercies?] that you
are all well - I am much surprised that you should Envy
God of a happy Angel to add to his Number in heaven at
her happy tender age before she even Committed any sin, we
are all here in good health thanks to God I am very sorry
and so is your loving mother that our Dear Daughter in law
Mrs. Cook has fretted her self so much and Injured her health
on the Death of a young Child - I have to Inform you that
your Brother James has got an increase to his Family
a Daughter called Sarah and lived only one month -
We ought not to be grived [grieved?] for you know well my Dear son
the words of Holy god the Lord he giveth and taketh away
and your Brother James is much Surprised that you have
not mentioned him in your writings - I sent two letters to
you last season and one of them by a Mr. Campbell which
give us much pleasure to here [hear.?] that you were doing well as
he said that he was in your house, there is one thing that
Grieves one and also your mother about my son Wm [William?] not
writing to us to give us that much pleasure how he is
doing in life and business as it would please the
parents here how happy their Children would do in this
world and to be in hopes of their Eternal happiness and
it would be a pleasure to his Friends & Neabours [neighbours?] also

[written upside down and spliting page into two]
David Cooke all your your
friends and
neabours [neighbours?] Send
their Kind Respects to you

and I hope that he will be Ruled, by you as he may look
up to you as a father in that part of the globe I have to
to Inform you all that our Cheif [Chief?] hopes ought to be in
God as my Family here is [---d?] as the Care of God and
my Advice so that we Implore the mercys [mercies?] of god to
be for Ever with you All in part of the world so far from
a Loveing [Loving?] Sincere Father and Mother &c &c [etc, etc?]
My dear Josph [Joseph?] - there have been a man left this neabourhood
[neighbourhood?] and went to New York and he and his acomplesses
[accomplices?] four in no. [number?]
Robbed the Mail Coach and have been hanged I will not at
present give names - So my Dear children Drink and bad
Company have brought many to a Shameful End; My love to
my Sister Sarah Joined, by your mother and Family and her
Friends are all well - your will be pleased, when this comes to hand
to let me Know how John McKowen [McGown?] is for his Friends here thinks he
Dead I am let you know the state of Ireland our linen trade is got so
Low from [?] [?] [?] per yd. [yard?] and cattle and all things Else
is brought to the
lowest [Dishess?] a cow from £2=10=0 to £3=0=0 so that Farmers Cannot
stand rents and the most Extra taxations Ever heard of tradesmen and
Servants Beging [Begging?] for want of imployment [employment?]
I send my love and Blessing
Joined by your mother and your Brothers to you and Mrs Cooke and
Wm [William?] Remains your Sincere and affection [affectionate?]
Father to Death