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Title: J. Gamble, San Francisco, to "Dear Mother, "Co Down.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGamble, James/33
SenderGamble, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationworks on a farm
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSan Francisco, California, USA
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/3305/1/17: Deposited by Dr. K.A. Miller
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9806314
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:06:98.
Word Count422
Transcriptsanfrancisco [san francisco?] California

november the 24th 1872

Dear mother I recieved [received?] your letter it was
sent to me from auburn I was glad to hear that you got
the money I came here about 2 months ago to this city
I am not doing much of any thing yet I am glad to hear
that you are still to the fore I had my likness taken
since I came here I will send it to you this time it
is a small one I may send you a larger one some time
I wrote a letter to my son about 3 weeks ago I let him
know that if he had any intention of coming to this
country that I would try and help him some I do not
know what is best for me to do I see times is very
poor in ireland this season on the account of the
failure of crops dear mother if you need any money
any time I will send you some I need say no more to
you this time I hope god will be with you I remain
your loving son
James Gamble. dear friends patrick abel thomas
and sarah this county california is a fine warm
county and pretty hethey [healthy?] there is a good
deal of farming going on in the valleys there is
some places so dry the [they?] have to cut ditches
and fetch water to iregegate [irrigate?] it but in
oregon it rains more the country is more damper and
colder in winter than here the state of oregon and
washington territory is very good farming countries a
man can get land to buy pretty reasonable or rent or
work on shares or any way. there is some coming from
the atlantic states here and some going back some does
well in one place and some does better in another it
would take more money to come here to the pacific
coast than to the atlantic states the passage alone
from new york here is fifty dollars and to go to
oregon fifteen more and to washington a little more
it takes the train about seven days to come from
new york here passengers has to pay for there [their?]
board on the train besides if any of you comes here or
where I may be I would like well to see you I am
thankful to sarah for the present I need say no more
this I remain your affectionate friend James Gamble
address James Gamble united states hotel sanfrancisco
[san francisco?] california