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Title: Eliza Fitzgerald, New York, to Michael Cahill, Quebec
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileFitzgerald, Eliza/9
SenderFitzgerald, Eliza
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationseamstress
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNYC, New York, USA
DestinationQuebec, Canada
RecipientCahill, Michael
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipsister and brother in law
SourceEmigrant letters of The FitzGerald Family, Co.Tipperary, 1829-1907. Copyright reserved by Edwina Goddard, 750 San Fernando St., San Diego, CA92106, U.S.A.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9511087
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 17:11:95.
Word Count670
TranscriptTranscribed by Edwina Goddard

Old Irish Letters

Letter from Eliza Fitzgerald, New York, 18 December 1848 [?]
To Michael Cahill, Quebec, Canada.
Addressed to Mr. Michael Cahill, Care of Messrs
LeMesurier, Quebec, C.E.
Postmarked: New York, 20 Dec, 10cts; PAID; Montreal, L.C., Dec 26, 1848.
Blue paper ,with "Jessop & Brothers" maker's
mark, folded, creased, slight holes on creases, some staining, sealed
with red sealing wax.

New York December 18th

My Dear Michael
Your kind favour of the 11 came safe
to hand this morning.I was most happy to hear of you and my dear
sisters and families being in good health in which state these
few leaves me in thanks to the Giver of all God for his
mercys. And now for your commission. I went to the office of the
Nation and saw Mr Magee. He says he will send you and Mr. Nolan
the paper with the back numbers emmediately [immediately?]
through the Post office. His terms are one Dollar & fifty Cents
each. Payable in advance for six months. He says you can send the
money to me or the Nation office. The paper to Country
subscribers is only 2 fifty in the States but he must pay
postage to the lines for Canada subscribers. He has no agent in
Quebeck [Quebec?]. I think he would like to appoint one. I am glad
you thought of getting it for merits

(Page 2)
the patronage of any honest hearted Irish man. Its a most
excellent paper. It has now a very large circulation. I am sorry
to hear of such dull times in Quebec. They are not much better
here. The people are daily leaving the City for the west and
south and hundreds of emigrants landing on our shore without
money or clothing. The Cholera has made its way here. I believe
its chiefly confined to the Marine hospital. There has been a
great many persons from our neighbourhood came out. The most of
them are gone west. The accounts they bring could not be
worse. Its realy [really?] heart rending to hear of distress and
miseray [misery?] of our country people. I had two letters from my
Mother. She says were it not for the money she got from her
children she would want. I sent her money last August and I shall
send her some more. Now I wrote her an account of my Dear
Brothers Death. She seems quite reconciled. It would be a blessing
if our heavenly Father saw fit to call her to himself.

(Page 3)
I was very sorry to hear that your father is no better. I suppose
there is no hopes of his recovery. Your brother Thomas called to
see me on his way to Philadelphia. He said he would write to me
but he never did. You surely must feel disappointed when Mr. Nolan
went down without a message from me. When I last saw Mr N [Nolan?]
I told him Mrs McBride offered my services to her daughter for a
week to make her childrens clothes which is in another part of
the City. I felt very much disappointed when I heard he was
gone. I wanted very much to send you a copy of my brothers
miniture [miniature?]. John Doyle too said he could not get
from his office before 11 o'clock in the evening. He was at
his place. As for my going to Quebeck [Quebec?] last summer
I could not get one day to go to Albany. I had been in the
City all summer. Miss McBride had the rheumatism in the worst
stage which kept me in constant attendance. My health is good
as I am getting in better spirits. There is a good many of our
neighbors [neighbours?] here which I can see often. Cousin Thomas
Buckley is gone west. He was very comfortable here.
(Page 4, on reverse side of paper, on folded flap.)
I have not space to write half what I had to say. Tell
Mary, Thomas FitzGerald, Darbys son has been here. He is gone to
Pensylvania [Pennsylvania?] to work at 2 L [pounds?] per day. Jer
Maher is gone to Albany. James Lonergan Carpenter from the Glyn is
here. Michael Keating Carpenter. A good many others.

(Page 4,on folded flap)
Peggy Noonan is the same old style. John Doyle and brothers &
sister are very comfortable. Please to give my kind respects to
your father and family, my sister and all the little ones.
Yours affectionately

This letter is in the possession of Edwina
T.Goddard (Mrs.W.R.Goddard).
750 San Fernando Street
San Diego, California 92106.