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Title: William Graham, Watertown NY. to James McBride, Co Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGraham, William/55
SenderGraham, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginWatertown, NY, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientMcBride, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2613/15: Copied By Permission of Mrs Emily McLister, Mosside Cottage, Dunmurry, County Antrim. #TYPE EMG William Graham, Watertown, [Jefferson County?], [New York?], [U.S.A.?], to His Brother-in-Law, James McBride, Mosside, Dunmurry, Near Lisburn, Irela
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007109
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log30:07:1990 JM created 04:10:1990 CD input 05:10:19
Word Count905
TranscriptTo:- Mr James McBride
Mosside Dunmurray near
No[vember?] 15 1848
From:- Wattertown Oct[ober?] 21 /[18?]48

Dear James,
I received your letter of the 3 of Oct[obe?]r
and are [our?] thanks be to God for it we are all well, and we
were all vexed about Sister Betty's death. The account
you sent us of John Bleak has proved true to the letter
we used him as friendly as we could and kept him
and family for above a week and all I could do to
get them into work, which I succeeded in doing I
am sorry to say was ill repaid when he got his family
in to work he go[t?] into the old system he used to
be at home going about telling what he was and what
he had and final[l?]y commented on Charlotte because she
advised James to get a trade which he thought would not
answer him as he likes I see to have all the[y?] can earn
to himself. I did not care nor her either for ourselves but
our feelings were hurt to hear that my Father in law
you and the rest of the connection all got a pick from
him. Nothing made us so well pleased I may say as
to hear that he was telling evey place that the[y?] had 300 pounds
out with him and owned two mills so you may be sure he
made no poor mouth here. You may believed we were
greatly surprised when we heard the people talking of
him as a very rich man, but some of them are beginning
till [to?] see the difference already and I think are [ere?] long there
will more of them see it. we were both greatly astonished at hearing on
yesterday from a Letter that Edward Philips received that
he had wrote to Henry Mussen that you should have
written to us for to try and stop him from coming
here, the cause of that being as I think on account of what
occurred one Day between Charlotte and him. She was up
at Edwards one Day he lived in a part of the House
when he commenced abusing her and all belonging to her
in fact, She told him that if she had known him so well
as she might have done with her will he should never
have been here but I need not talk about ourselves he has
been I believe even worse against Edward Phillips for
what cause I do not know but there is one thing it may
all come his way yet he may want a friend and if he
does he may go amongst them that he has choosed [chosen?] and
look for one which will not be easily got. George is quite
and if possible far more than a Yankee you would know
scarcely a word he speaks Catherine has got Married
to my Brother James it was a very pleasant wedding
as far as I know there was her Father and the Priest
and I believe George & Jane but no other person not even
Edward or Margaret, for all lived in the one house. I was
home with Edward this night and was surprised to hear
that it was over however I wish them Luck. John
is got rather above work he got a very good job at the door
with him but he thought it to[o?] hard and quit it. But
to have done with him I believe he has done all in his
power to disturb and to harm all belonging to the family
but thank God there is none I think regards him.
We were both well pleased to hear that Your Father
and family are all with as we heard from Edwards
Letter, and are vexed to hear of the failure in the
Potato Crop which I hope is not so bad as we hear
of it the Crop of Potatoes here are safer than then
the[y?] have been these some years there is only a few
odd ones touched with the disease all kinds of food
is very cheap Wheat is sold here @ 4 shillings per bushel
Indian Corn @ St[erling?] 8 per bushel Potatoes @ [St?] [?] per
bushel Oats @ St[erling?] [?] per bushel Beef by the quarter you will
get for [?] cents per lb Butter 8 cents per pound Cheesse [Cheese?] is
sold @ 7 cents per lb Pork prime at 1 guinea per hundred weight
We had a fall of snow on the 17th and 18th of this month
but the weather is now fine. We are all well at Present
Jane is grown quite a young woman she is as tall as
her Mother and send her love to you all Robert is
also grown very fast and is very good scholar for his
time Charlotte wishes to be remembered to her Sisters Sally
and John Forsyth and is much Oblidged [Obliged?] to them for the
Present they sent to her, also to Margaret Breastwait
and Mrs McClughan and tell them she is much
Oblidged [Obliged?] to them. Jane & Robert returns their compliments
to their Cousins for the presents sent to them and hopes
they will have an opportunity of sending something from
America in return Edward Philips and Margaret are both
well and wish to be remembered to you all Give our best
wishes to your Father & Esther also to Patrick Logan & Mary
and all enquiring friends I remain Your affectionate
Brother in law, W[illia?]m Graham