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Title: Andrew [Greenlees?] [Ottawa?], [USA?] to "Dear Brother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGreenlees, Andrew/12(3)
SenderGreenlees, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOttawa, Illinois, USA
DestinationMagheramore, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
RecipientGreenlees, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD3561/A/26: The Papers of Prof. E.R.R. Green Deposited by Dr. P.R. Green.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9902052
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 10:02:99.
Word Count1246
TranscriptOttawa June 5th 64
Sabbath, Midnight,

Dear Brother
I received a letter from
Father last night which
reminds me that I owe
you one and as it will
tend to keep me awake I will
write to night or rather this
morning. our children are
all sick, Johnny was taken
down with the measles about
two weeks ago he had them
very severe, and was getting
over them when he caught
a slight cold which
brought him down with
lung fever from which
he has not recovered at this
writing. Mary & Charles
also have the measles and
has them pretty tough though
I am in hope that the worst
is past with them. yet I
assure you that three sick
children all at once and all
wanting Father or mother to
hold them, for their little
backs get sore, laying in bed
this warm weather.
keeps us very busy night
and day tending to their wants
we are both pretty well worn out
for we have not had our
regular rest for two weeks
and you know this want of sleep
is very wearing. oh how
our hearts yearn over the little
ones in their sickness what
a beautiful thought like as
a Father pitieth his children
so the Lord pitieth them that
fear him I think it would have
conveyed the meaning in stronger
terms to have been rendered,
Mother, we know from experience a
Mother's love knoweth no bounds
Johnny's fever is somewhat
abated the Doctor was here
a few hours ago he thinks
his symptons are more favourable
and that the disease is at last
checked three days ago he had
no hope of his recovery
Poor chid he is very
patient not a word of
discontent has crossed his lips
since he was taken s [sick?] :
all afflictions at present
seemeth not joyous but grievous
but Oh that they may work
out for us a far more [----ing?]
and eternal weight of Glory
thus we may look more at the
things which are not seen which
are eternal.
Since we moved to the city
we enjoy more priviliges
we have preaching in the morning
at half past ten Sunday school at
fifteen minutes past twelve
we have a fine school of
120 scholars. preaching often
in the evening at half past
seven. thus you see that
most of the day is occupied
I will not close my letter
at present I must give
some medicine to the children
then perhaps I can snatch
an hours sleep towards the [could?]
of the morning, as they will
rest better then
as regards myself my health
is good if I had only four
hours good sleep I would
feel all right
when I last wrote to Father
I was at my trade in the foundry
I did not mention it at that
time as I intended leaving
the shop in the spring for my old
[f----?] on the farm but finding
that so far it agrees with my health
I remained, though I do not
intend working at it permanently
yet I shall this season and perhaps
another unless I should feel
my health giving way thus I
would quit immediately
my wages are good equalling
ten shillings british money per day
Cousin John Semple made
us a visit last winter or rather
spring we were very pleased
to see him he is indeed a
good man Cousin Jimmy
Brown has so far recovered
as to be with his regiment
I have not had any news from
the east lately the last uncle
McDowell was on a visit
at beckmantown
in your last you speak so
heartless and unfeelingly of
my countrys succeedind
[succeeding?] in crushing
this gigantic rebellion that I
almost am ashamed of you, in that
not to care whether one of the
best Governments that the
world was ever blessed with
be able to sustain itself
or not for with all our faults
the workings of our Government
and free institutions are the pure
and best in existence at this day
and I challenge you to put your
finger on the history of any
nation since the days of Adam
that has equalled the growths
of the united states
in all channels of industry
but again, establish the right of
secession and where will the
thing end give the south
the right to secede from the
north because the people in
their might were beginning to
put their feet upon the neck
of that [----tius?] institution
of theirs, slavery, why not the
west secede from the east
on the most frivilous pretense
why not have thirty four seperate
and distinct nationalities instead
of our consolidated government
let the right of secession be
an established fact and our
whole country becomes a chaos
petty feuds and never ending
civil wars would be the result
I can only give one reason
why we should differ so much
about this grand contest
that is this we look at it
through different glasses
you are a Briton I am
american to the backbone
June 25th
I have waited to see what
the issue would be with little
Charlie he has been very sick
the measles struck in producing
lung fever terminating in congest
of the brain we have watched
through many weary nights
scarcely daring to hope for his
living to morning but bless
God the child lives and we
have great hopes of his final
rec [recovery?] weeping endureth
for a night but joy cometh in the
morning Mary & John are nearly well
farewell And [Andrew?]
Since writing the above I have
learned that Jimmy is still in the
hospital unfit for active service
And [Andrew?] Gr [Greenlees?]

is dead I sympathize with Robert & Jane
deeply she was a sweet child she used
when I lived east to be a great pet of mine
but she has been transplanted to the
world beyond at the early age of twelve
years, Cousin Elizabeth Moore or [Mrs Madden?]
by her Husbands name is also dead some
three months ago. Also Elizabeth Moore Roberts
only surviving girl has also been called
from time to eternity all these
providences admonishing us to be also
ready for the great change when it
shall come and may God bless
you and prosper you in the work of
the ministry and crown your [labors?]
with abundant success is the prayer
[of?] your loving Brother Andrew
P.S. I owe Father a letter
I will write when convenient
good bye
And [Andrew?]

our friends here are about as usual
I saw Aunt Greenleeses folks to meeting
yesterday they are well we had an
epispocalian [episcopalian?]
preach for us yesterday and for one I liked
him very much he preached a fine
discourse on the education and training
of children from the words
train up a child in the way when
he is young and when he is old he will
not depart from it the house was
crowded more perhaps with an itching
curiosity, to hear and see the novelty of
the epispocal [episcopal?] service than
to be benefited by the ministrations of
the gospel let us hope and pray that the
seed sown may yet yield an abundant harvest
for indeed family government in this west
country is rather lax a great deal more
so than in the eastern states
I had a letter from Cousin [-----?]
Rea (Johns oldest daughter) they are well
& Roberts only child [T--rasa?] Jane