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Title: David Cooke, Co.Tyrone, to Joseph Cooke, Pennsylvania
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCooke, David/164
SenderCooke, David
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmentions breeding horses and attending to his farm and viney
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationNew Alexandria, Pennsylvania, USA
RecipientCooke, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 3592/4: Deposited by Mrs. Mary E. Cook Bradley.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.709032
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument Added by JM, 12/09/07
Word Count1633
Transcript[Page 1]

Dear Daughter Sarah me and your mother sends you
our love in One we were well satisfied with the present you
sent us of Grand Daughters Hair And we hope you be [near?]
is yet that we might make you a present it will be Scarsely
[Scarcely?] be as good as yours I would make you a present of
a young Horse if it was convenient for I have two of as
good horses as you have seen ever in this town that I
bread [bred?] from two fine mares of my own as ever was
seen in this County - I conclude with my blessing
to you all - and your mother joins me in the same -
and brother John & Saml. [Samuel?] also. Give my love to my
sister Sarah and let her know that I saw her letter that
she sent to her sister, and that [it?] regretted me very much
you may let her know that her sister Hetty was lying ill
at this time. and departed this life 4 Days after the letter arrived.
This was a great trouble to me at the time and since I begin to
seriously know that the Lord blessed be his Name released
her from a Bed of affliction - I trust not [imparting?] her
trespasses and Sins unto her has pardoning all for Jesus's sake
I now trust that she is Reigning in heaven praising him -
now and where she shall behold his face for ever more -
I add no more until at present for want of paper
But I will ever Remain your Loving and affectionate
Brother till Death David A Cooke &c &c

(Information on folded page)

Mr Joseph Cooke David Cooke
New Alexandria Letter to J Cooke
Westmmorland County 2nd April 1830
State of Pensylvania
America 1 1/2

the letter continued

And tomorrow is Ash Sunday I would be glad if I
could have the pleasure of my sister and Daughter and my
Sons Joseph and William to spend the day with me in
Iskeredoey [Eskeradoey?] at dinner it would be the happiest day of
my life I should say our lives, but it cannot be so
at the present therefore May the Lord grant us grace to
be content in our own stations you there and me and family here

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Dear son when you see young John Mckeown Know that
his friends are all well here at present I have to inform
you further that we have got Isaac Cook your cousin home
last November and remains in good Health and is very
busy Courting his own Country girls I do not know
whether he intends to go back to America again or not
Dear son I was always in expectation of seeing your
brother [William?] in this Country again But I have
taken a reson [reason?] to doubts since I recd. [received?]
your last that I never shall, I sent you as this letter
last [torn] and would be glad you would let me know if [torn]
you received it and I sent you an Account also of you [sic]
Uncle Wms. old sons death he departed this world in for
[four?] Days Sickness I trust the lord took him-to-himself from
more evil and laid none of his youthful pastimes
to his [charge?]. My dear sons & daughters we should
strive to be on our duty late and early for we do not
know what time our Lord will send the Summons of Death
into our hands and then we must appear before him and
that we give an account of the Deeds done in the body whether
good or Bad - if good it will be well done good and -
faithful servant - but if our deeds have been evil it
will woe-woe-woe eternal woe where weeping -
wailing and knashing of teeth in the lake where the
worm Dieth not and the fire is not quenched - it
is my Desire and all to get to heaven but unless we
strive to enter into the through gate of Religion by Our Lord
Jesus Christ there is no other way As that we may always
may be on our Guard and stand fast in the ways Christ
which will bring us all to heaven at last, I have saved
the last of seven sacks of oats on Saturday the second
of this month I am very employed at present with the
getting the crop Down for the following time this season
has been Very backward until last week when the good weather
came in -

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That could be bought for money however he says he will leave
the farming to John - and let them farm that can Do no better -

My Dear Son and Daughter your mother recd. [received?] a lock
of hair a present from Margaret Jean your oldest Daughter with
great pleasure in so much that she cried with Joy when
she saw it. I realy [really?] think that if she was offered a pound
note counted down for every grain of the hair of her [g---- D-------?]
she would not take it - I hope my Daughter Sarah -
will forgive me in not writing an answer to her before this -
for it did not arise from any careless neglect in me, but being
so very attentive to my farm and Vineyard here that I let it take
up all my time that I might loose nothing of all that the Lord has
blessed me with I hope my Dear Daughter will be satisfied with
this apology and take this letter as an answer to hers -
My Dear son your Mother and I are enjoying ourselves with the
hopes of seeing you and our daughter and Grand Children some
time before we die which I trust we shall -
Major Crawford has returned to Newtown Stewart in greater
oppulence than ever you know he has been very friendly
to me at all times did not forget to see me even since he came home

Provisions in this place is very high at the farmers thus can
afford to sell now is getting a great price for every article of
provision - but those poor farmers that can sell none is
in great Distress, also as much as the poor that has to buy
all things are cheap but provisions at present -
the art. [article?] you sent me of the three Great personages you
mention, in your were so true for our good King George the 4th Deceased
and made way for our present good King William 4th long
may he reign over these Kingdoms and may he do as much
good in his time for his people as Wiliam the 3rd done for them
of his time - there several amounts of insurrections
[insurrections?] taking place in some parts of this Country but
this part is peaceable at present, your Brother James and his
wife sends his best
Respects and kind love to you and hopes as we do to see you
[--t?] and he is satisifed with the explanation you Sent in your
last [for?] not mentioning him - you Desired me in your last to let
young John McKeown's friends know that [torn?] I did so

Carried forward

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Reahan 2nd April 1830

My Dear Son
I take this favourable oppertunity [opportunity
of writing these few lines hoping the will find you in good health
as this leaves us all at present, I thank God for all his mercies
to me and my family here Dr. [Sear?] Son I recd. [received?] both
your letters which gave me very great pleasure in all but one thing
[torn] of your little child, however, you may be thankful to God
Almighty in taking only the child and sparing yourself and the rest of
your family.
I am very glad to hear how my son William is coming on
and also that he enjoys good health, and as you mention
in your letter, I only wish this that he may have wit to
choose a good one and that he may choose as good a wife
as you have done my son and one that will please us as
well as yours does for altho [although?] we have never seen
each other face to face from the account we have of her and from
her own letters to us has endeared us all to her very much
Dear Son what you inform me of the farm you bought for your Brother
Wm. [William?] pleases me very much I think that you have done well
in finding out an element for him that he may both Employ
and also enjoy himself in an employment which will be
of so much service to him here often, I see the want of proper
attention in early Days and being kept at school Constant until
young men acquire Riting [writing?] arithmetic and book keeping and
think that all these are very necessary for all those young men
who intend to live the remainder of their Days in that Country
my son your Brother Samuel is becoming a clever young
man and is so encouraged by your letters making mention
of a man making great progress in that country
he has for a long time past at school constantly
been Employed in Reading Writing And Arithmetic, and if
was Once made acquainted with the Book of Exchange and
that will not prevent him long until he joins Book Keeping
and when he has made sufficient progress in that Art he
give up farming and [proved ] to you if the Lord spares him
he is only now waiting an answer from you that he may be
encouraged to forsake all here and get over to you, now my
dear Son he is not Satisifed with my three farms all well
stocked an crops, One thing that I know he wanted from .

Transcribed by Jim Buchanan