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Title: Robert Fullerton to his cousin [Mr Ross?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileFullerton, Robert/10
SenderFullerton, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginS. Carolina, USA
RecipientMr. Ross?
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1951: Presented by W. S. Ferguson Esq., Mile End, Caw, County Londonderry.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310310
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 12:10:1993.
Word Count1614
TranscriptLetter from Robert Fullerton, Oconee [Ocomee?] County near
Westminster, South Carolina, U.S.A., to his cousin [surname
Ross?] in Ireland [Armoy?].

State of South Carolina, Oconee [Ocomee?] County,
Near Westminster April 23rd 1879.

Dear Cousin, I once more take the opportunity to inform you
that I am yet in existence and although not enjoying very
good health at present, and feeling rather weak and feeble,
yet not more so than is reasonable to expect of one of my
age, and I am thankful to God that it is as well with me even
as it is. I hope to receive a letter from you soon, and to hear
that yourself, Mrs. Ross and all your family and all of our
surviving relatives are enjoying good health and prosperity.
Dear Cousin if you could know the anxiety I feel, and the
indescribable pleasure it gives me to receive a letter from
you and to hear from the land of my birth and my childhood
home, you surely would write to me oftener. Now I beg you not
to think that I censure you with carelessness and
forgetfulness of me. On the contrary I feel indebted to you
for the pleasure I have so often derived from your kindness
in writing to me, and sending me newspapers that I appreciate
so highly on account of their coming from the land of my
home, and informing me of the state of affairs in the Old
Emerald Isle. Owing to the troubled and confused state of
affairs in America, I am aware that through the newspapers
you can learn the condition of things here, as correctly as I
could write to you. Therefore, there is very little I can
write from here that would be of interest to you. And when
things are quiet in Ireland, there is seldom any thing
appears in our papers concerning Ireland at all. Consequently
I have no means whatsoever to obtain any information how
things are going on, only from a private source, and I have
no other friend or relation across the Atlantic to apply to
for that information only yourself. And I do most earnestly
entreat you to write to me at least once a year or oftener if
you don't become tired. I have in by gone years boasted to
you (and justly too) as living under the best government in
the world, but now I have to sorrowfully acknowledge that it
is one of the most corrupt on the inhabited globe. It took
about a century from the revolutionary war of 1776 to built [build?]
up the United States and its Government to what it was at the
breaking out of the last war; and it will require at least
another century to restore it to its former purity and
prosperity. One thing is certain, that as long as the present
horde of tyrannical Radil [Republican?] roguish thieves retain the

control of the government, and get honest just men in their
stead, no change for the better. And as long as the British
negroes are permitted to vote they are kept blinded by the
lies of the corrupt gang now in power, that if they cease to
vote for them and keep them in office, they (the negroes)
will forthwith again be put into slavery. And they so
ignorant and so suspicious All men in christendom could not
get them to believe anything to the contrary Hence it is
obvious the gloomy prospect of any change for the better
soon. The Americans heretofor [heretofore?] were in the habit
of crying out against the opressive taxation laid on the
people of the United Kingdom of Ireland England and Scotland,
and the ignorant class ready to cry out I would not live
under a King &c.. I often said there is no government so pure
as that of a limited monarchy. But only the well informed
know the difference. I now ask such which nation is oppressed
by taxation? and which is preferable to live under a King or
under a government a good number of its members composed of
negroes, the descendents of cannibals
Dear Cousin, as I have already said, the pleasure it is to me
to receive a letter if only once a year; I can feel but can't
express. It is pleasant to me, Yea endearing to even read
their names of the towns and villages once so familiar to me,
and the remembrance of them so vivid in my recollection. It
will be a solace to me and will help to dispell [dispel?]
many lonely hours and melancholy musings as often as I can
receive a letter from you, I can't hope for, nor promise
myself that pleasure many times more, as I have already
passed my three score years and ten, the usual number of days
allotted to man, but it is not allowed for us to know how
long, or what awaits us in the dark future. It is only given
to us to know our bounden duty to endeavour to prepare to be
in readiness to answer that awful solemn summons when it
comes, and I hope and trust we will be able to keep out
[our?] lamps trimmed, and our oil burning so as to be in
readiness to meet the Bridegroom when he comes. I wish to
know if Nathanial is yet at home, or if he has returned to
America, and if so, how long he staid [stayed?] when he went
to see you before he returned? Please let me know about the
Railroad that you informed was in contemplation of being
built from Ballymoney to Ballycastle, if the road has been
laid out, how near Father's old place does it run, have they
commenced work on it, and how is the work progressing &c.. I
presume they burn coal in the engines for fuel, that I also
wish to know.
I am desirous to know how you make out now about
fuel to burn in your dwellings? I have thought that by this

time the peat bogs must have become nearly if not altogether
exhausted, and that perhaps in some places at least, they had
become under the necessity of burning coal, I wish to know
how it is in that particular? I wish to know if the little
town of Armoy has grown in magnitude, and what part of the
town you live in? I well remember the appearance of the place
and have a distinct recollection of the locality of the
houses of most of the inhabitants when we left there. There
was Alex. [Alexander?] Sinclair where I was many times sent
out for tobacco, tea and sugar &c then lower down Street the
house that Harry McCauley occupied, and sold whiskey ale &c..
Then down towards the bridge the two story [storey?] State
[slate?] roofed house then occupied by Anthony Griffen. Then
towards the upper end of town, the house where Alexander
Morrow lived, and several others. And Drumrory hill is as
plain to my view (mentally) as if I had seen it on yesterday.
I wish to know if stoves are used now in Ireland, In this
country fireplaces are nearly abandoned and stoves chiefly
used instead. They are a great saving of fuel where that is
scarce, but that is no object here, but they are a great
about cooking, and produce great warmth in cold weather, when
needed. I am desirous to know if the rot and disease that was
so injurious to the potato crop some years ago, has been much
hurtful of late years, let me know how the potato crop and
the oat and grain crop was last year., if provisions are
plentiful now and at moderate prices. Let me know if all your
sisters are living or how many. It is gratifying to me to
know that Protestantism is still rising in the ascendancy
above Popery. I was overjoyed on reading the statement
contained in the Belfast news you sent me last year, of the
universal and grand display made by the Orangemen, aided and
graced with the addresses of many of the most prominent and
most influential men of the Land. Long may their royal orange
Flag triumphantly wave undisturbed over the heads of true
Protestant Orangemen.
The general health throughout this country at present is very
good, Provisions of every kind are plentiful and cheap. But
very little money in circulation, It is about as much as the
farmers can do to raise a sufficiency to pay the enormous
taxes brought on by the last war. Dear Cousin as I have
nothing to write to you that can be interesting to you, I
expect you will become tired in answering them, if you will
condescend to do so. I entreat you to exercise patience and
write me a good long letter as almost any thing that comes
written from Ireland that you might deem not worth while to
mention, would be gratifying and interesting to me. Although
I have wrote nothing that can be much interesting to you and

yet some blank paper, I can't think of any thing more worth
scribbling down, therefore I will stop for the present,
hoping to hear from you soon. Please give my love and kind
respects to Mrs. Ross and to all of your family that are
within your reach to do so likewise to each and every of your
sisters. It is evident now, that the few of us that remain,
sepereted [separated?] by the broad Atlantic never can meet
on earth, But I ardently hope and trust that through our
faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, we will meet and
rest in the shadows of the blest, to part no more. I request
you to accept my earnest wishes for your prosperity and
happiness, and believe me to remain affectionately
Your Cousin Robert Fullerton