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Title: James Gamble, Oregon, U.S.A., to "Dear Mother," Co. Down.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGamble, James/19
SenderGamble, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationminer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOregon, USA
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/3305/1/14: Deposited by Dr. K. A. Miller.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9806319
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:06:98.
Word Count577
TranscriptAuburn Baker county state of Oregon december
the 28th 1871

Dear mother
I recieved [received?] your letter last
summer and I was very glad to hear that you were well
I was working helping to cut a ditch at the time about
ninety miles from this place and your letter was sent
to me so I got back to auburn about 2 weeks ago I was
working by the month at the rate of fifty dollars a
month and board but I didnt get paid to next spring or
summer I would have wrote sooner than this but I was
waiting thinking that I might get some mony [money?]
to send to you but I am sorry that I cannot send you
any this winter I will send you some just as soon as
I can get it
this ditch that I mentioned is a pretty large one
it is 2 feet deep six feet wide on the bottom and
eight feet on the top it was cut for carying
[carrying?] water from a large stream for mining
purposes it is pretty near a hundred miles long I got
a letter from malcom [malcolm ?] it was wrote in July
it was laying in the post office to I came here the
[they?] are all well he has seven children alive and
one dead and William and family are well thats to the
fore he lost one of his sons it seems that he followed
the sea he got shipwrecked he did not mention when nor
where but he was in the hospital six months and at the
end of that time he died his name was Robert one of
Williams daughters got married last summer to a doctor
his name is rose. dear mother you mentioned about me
coming home but I think I will stay here for some time
yet the distance is not so far as I thought it was by
rail the [they?] can go to new york in a few days I am
going to write a letter to Malcom [Malcolm ?] soon I
was glad to hear that your eyes are some better and I
was glad to hear from patrick catherwood abel and thomas
and sarah and not forgetting sally ann I send my love and
respects to them all and to all my friends and
acquaintance about magherascouse
dear mother you mentiond [mentioned?] that you were
going to send me something in remembrance of you I
would like you would times is pretty dull in the mines
now there is not much doing I will be idle for about 3
months there is about a foot deep of snow on the
ground here now and farther up on the mountains there
is more
dear mother I hope you will not want for any thing
to such times as I can assist you I need say no more
this time I remain your loving son

James Gamble direct as before
James Gamble
auburn baker
county state of
oregon america

it is very likely that Abel would need considerable
money when he has to pay his wife a yearly salary
of what you mentioned but he may have got
accustomed to it now and it may not make much
impression upon him. abel never mentioned in any of
the letters that he sent me but that you were living
with him I have just got a letter from my son Before
this is closed he said he was over seeing you