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Title: Andrew Greenlees, Ottawa, Il., to his Brother [Ireland?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGreenlees, Andrew/16
SenderGreenlees, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfoundry worker
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOttawa, Illinois, USA
DestinationMagheramore, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
RecipientGreenlees, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2046/14: Copied by Permission of Aiken McClelland Esq. 3 Beechill Pk. Ave. Saintfield Rd. Belfast 8. #TYPE EMG Andrew Greenlees, Ottawa, [Illinois?] to his Brother: June 1864.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.8911034
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log13:11:1989 LT created 03:07:1990 CD input 10:07:19
Word Count936
TranscriptOttawa June 15th /64
Sabbath, Midnight,

Dear Brother
I recived [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
[tonight?] 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 and Charles also have the measles and has them pretty tough
though I am in hopes 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 lying in bed this warm weather) keeps us 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 the want of sleep is very wearing, oh how our hearts yearn over the little ones in their sikness [sickness?], what a beautiful thought, like as a Father pitieth his children so the Lord pitieth them that fearth [feareth?] I think it would have conveyed the meaning in stronger terms
to have been rendered mother, we know from experience a Mothers love
knoweth no bounds Johnny's fever is [somewhat?] abated the doctor
was here a few hours ago he thinks his symptoms are more favourable and that the disease is at least checked three days ago he had no hope of his
recovery poor child he is very patient not a word of discontent has crossed
his lips since he was taken, all afflictions at present seemeth not
joyous but grievous but Oh that they may work out for us a far more
[dw?]elling and eternal weight of Glory that we may look more at the things
which are not seen which are eternal since we moved to the City we enjoy privileges we have preaching in the morning at half past ten sunday school fifteen minutes past twelve, we have a fine school of 12 scholars, preaching [again?] in the evening at half past seven thus you see the 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 coole [cool?] 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 f[oundr?]y I did not mention it at that time
as I intended leaving the shop in the spring, for my old [floor?] 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 then 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 Sammy Brown has so far recovered as to be with is [his?] reagment [regiment?] I have not had any news from the east lately the last uncle McDowall was on a visit at
beckmantown in your last you speak heartless and unfeelingly of my countrys
suc[eeding?] in crushing this gigantic rebellion that I almost am ashamed of you what not to care whether one of the best Governments that the world was ever blessed with be able to sustain itself or not for all our faults the workings of our Government and free institutions are the purest and best in existence at this day and I challenge you to put your [fingers?] on the history of any motions since the days of [Adam?] that has equalled the
growth 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 peculiar institution of
theirs slowly, why not the west secede from the east on the most frivelous
[frivolous?] pretense why not have thirty four seperate [separate?]
distinct nationallities [nationalities?] instead of one 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
congestion of the brain, we have watched through many weary night
scarcely daring to hope for his living to morning but bles[sed?] God, the
child lives and we have great hopes of his final recov[ery?] weeping
endureth for a night but joy cometh in the morn[ing?]
mary & John are nearly well farewell And[rew?]
since writing this down I have learned that Sammy is still in the hospital
unfit for active service And. [Andrew?] Greenlees