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Title: Emily Atthill, Fermanagh to Anne and Isabel [Weir?], USA
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileAtthill, Emily/43
SenderAtthill, Emily
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationschoolmistress
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCo. Fermanagh, N.Ireland
RecipientWeir, Isabella
Recipient Genderfemale
Relationshipformer teacher
SourceCopyright Retained by Mrs Linda Weir, Tirmacspird, Lack,Co.Fermanagh, BT93 0SA
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9906070
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 15:06:99.
Word Count950
TranscriptArdvarney House

17th Feb. 1886.

Dear Anne and Isabel
You must not think
that I have forgotten my
old pupils because I have
not written since I got Isabels
last letter. I have often thought
of you both, and the other
day desired cards to be
sent to you both making
you members of the
Bible and Prayer Union
to which I belong. You must
tell me if you get them safely
I think there is a branch
office in the United States
where another year you will
be able to write for them
if you keep the papers sent
to you which gives all
information. There are monthly
notes or papers issued of
which you will get a specimen
copy, they are sometimes a
help in studying our chapters
as they give the leading subject
They cost 1/- in the year
if you like to take them
you could write to the address
on your card and enclose
1/- & ask them to be sent
to you giving your address
when writing clearly. Your
cards I paid for when writing
for my own, as you have
to renew them every year.
The way I do at the end of
the year I ask for a new
card and give my name
and address, also old number
on card and enclose 1 penny
stamp for postage and card
I have not been able to be
down lately to see your
Father and Mother, as the
weather has been very severe
we had snow for a month
at least on the ground and
a good deal of rain and frost
between altogether a severe
winter, but it is now nearly
over. It looks more like
spring, and people are ploughing
already. I have been busy
in our garden, among my
flowers. I took your last
letter to read to your people
They were all well there
I sometimes see Jane in church
Mrs. Bratten lost a daughter since
you left one of the youner ones
old Mr. Law of Cairn is dead
and old James Morrow of the
church. Old Frank Evans of
Lack was buried on Monday
I daresay you knew who he
was. Mrs Knox of Ederney is
very poorly at present. She
had a little one last year at
the time she was very ill. it
died and she has not been
strong since. I daresay you
heard of Mrs Irvines death
Anne Knox, Mary Jane Knox's
Sister who was in class with
you. For her friends her
death was sad for herself
she was resigned to go and
to her it was gain. You
remember what St Paul says
"To me to live is Christ and to
die is gain." That ought to be
our motto. to be like our Lord
and master to follow Him &
to think death gain as it
will bring us into the presence
of one who is our Life.
I forget whether I told you
of the Elections in my last
letter. They were in November
and we have elected for
Fermanagh two Roman Catholics
Parnalite [Parnellite?] members both.
It is a great pity it should be so
Mr Gladstone is Prime Minister
again & is promising Home Rule
which most protestants now see
will be in the end Rome Rule
as the Priests are now openly
stirring up the people all over
Ireland and God only knows
how things will turn out
but we must trust Him
They can go no further than
he permits. Sometime ago
we heard that there had
been lotteries at the Chapels
about and most of the gentlemens
and decent farmers places
were sold to different Roman
Catholics. They had tickets
from 2/6 to œ10. Then the
purchasers drew according
to what they paid & the value
of the places. [Some?] Maguire I
hear has drawn our place. The
ticket is to enable them to have
the place when the right time
comes as they say. When I suppose
they drive us Protestants out
of Ireland. They pretend in their
speeches that they do not want
to do so, but this looks as if they
did intend to do it. Where ever we
look there seems to be troubles
in London last week there were
great riots. windows broken
shops entered by mobs of people
& they stole & pitched the things
about the streets. My Sisters
are all away at present except
Miss Dora. Miss Ada is at [Bellei--?]
with Miss Porter. Miss Agnes still
in France. Miss Winnie & Miss Matilda
in London. Miss Atthill in Dublin
our church was very nice this
Xmas. I hope you both had
a very Happy Xmas, though you
were so far away from home
Your last letter interested me
very much, and I hope I
will soon get another like
it, as it was a pleasure to
me. All my old scholars are
gone and I have now a
class of much smaller ones
Your sister Jane got a prize
and has gone into Mr. Williamsons
class as also have Sarah Bratten
and Mary Anne Creighton
Will you tell me if Iron Mountain
is anywhere near where you or
Anne live? As I have a cousin
living near that place a lady
with four little daughters who went
out last year. Anne must
write to me and tell me
how she is getting on and
I would like to know that
you were both happy and
well. You must be lonely
now being away from each
other. We must remember
that all things work together
for good to those that love
the Lord. Now with very
kindest remembrances to
you both. Ever your
sincere friend and old teacher
Emily Atthill