|Mary Cumming, Petersburg to Rev. Andrew Craig, Lisburn.
|Irish Emigration Database
|Cumming (n. Craig), Mary
|middle class housewife
|Petersburg, Virginia, USA
|Lisburn, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
|Rev. Andrew Craig
|T 1475/2 p.120-121: Copied by Permission of Miss A. McKisack, 9 Mount Pleasant, Belfast.
|The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
|Document added by JM 01:11:1993.
|Blandford, July 24th. 1814.
I embrace with pleasure another opportunity of
writing to my beloved Father, to tell him we are in good
health and spirits, and ready to set off this week for the
North, there to lay in a store of health for the Winter. I
promise myself much pleaure from our jaunt. In a letter I
wrote to Margaret in the beginning of June I gave her a
description of the route we should take.
The weather this summer has not been so warm as the last,
in the early part of the year we had a great deal of wet and
cold, and at present everything is burned up for want of rain,
at the same time the heat is not half so oppressive as I
have felt it, I have not had a return of the ague these many
months, and I begin to hope it has taken its departure altogether.
I am very anxious to hear from home again, I want an
account of my dear Margaret's wedding, which I suppose has
taken place long before this time. I can hardly believe she
is no longer an inmate of Strawberry Hill, I am sure you must
feel the want of her society very much, but she is so very near
you I should think you would see each other every day, and I
know my dear Rachel is a very delightful companion. Tell her
the last letter she wrote to me gratified me extremely, and
I will write a long letter to her when I return, and tell her
about our journey. An arrival from England is most anxiously
looked for by every one just now. Peace is expected and I believe
most truly hoped for by the people of this country,
they are quite tired of war, and now that John Bull has it in
his power to injure us so much I believe the most violent
would like to be on friendly terms with him again.
William is almost certain we shall have peace soon, I
sincerely hope we may, for then we shall return to dear
Ireland next summer. Oh, my dear Father, it is impossible
to express the heartfelt pleasure I feel at the idea of so
soon seing my beloved friends again. I sometimes think it
will be too great happiness for me to see realised, but I shall
hope for the best. I shall see the Olivers, as we purpose
spending some time in Baltimore with Mr. Brown's family.
Agnes Freeland will go as far as Georgetown with us, on a
visit to some of her friends who live there, I am sure she
would be a great favourite with you, she is so lively and
pleasing. I shall feel great regret at parting with her, and
many more of my acquaintance, for whom I feel a great regard,
but the thoughts of the dear friends I shall meet on the
other side of the Atlantic will soon banish sorrow from my
It is a long time since I had a letter from my dear
James, I hope he is well and happy, tell him to write to me
soon. We expect James Cumming out in the Fall, and by him I
hope to receive letters from all my friends.
Many is the time I wish for some of the fine gooseberries
you have at home now, we had a few here which were ripe six
weeks ago, but they are not so good as those in Ireland.
I wish I could send you a few water melons which are beginning
to ripen, I think you would like them very much. I hope,
my dear Father, you will set a plentiful crop of potatoes
next year, and have a good store of oatmeal when I return,
we have no meal here. I like the Indian meal very much now,
it is very different from what I remember seeing at one time
in Ireland, I will take some home with me and show you how we
make cakes of it here. William joins me in the kindest love
to you, my dear Sisters and brother, and wishing every happiness
this world can bestow, I am your most affectionate.
Rev. A. [Andrew?] Craig. Lisburn, Co. Antrim,