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Title: Andrew Greenlees, Grand Rapids, USA to 'Dear Brother'
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGreenlees, Andrew/23
SenderGreenlees, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginGrand Rapids, Michigan, 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.9902224
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:02:99.
Word Count856
TranscriptGrand Rapids Sept 9th / 61

Dear Brother
it is a very wet day so that
I cant get outdoors to do any thing I will
therefore embrace the opportunity of writing
to you the date of your last I have forgot
but recollect recieving [receiving?] a letter
from you some time within the last three years
I also recieved [received?] a letter from Father
a few days ago in which he tells me you are all
well this also leaves us well as usual.
but the world seems to be buffeting
me hard and pressing me sore on every side
harvesting and threshing are now about over
and leaves us nothing but a bill of expense
for (net profit) the rust all but destroyed
our wheat, and men being scarce wages are
pretty high so that the expense more than
[------?] the whole of what the grain is worth
after it is threshed Markets are very depressed
trade is dull; in short we feel the effects of
the war [torn] every channel of buisness
[business?], but we must hopefully and
[p---tely?] wait untill [until?] the end comes
and hope it will be peace as a nation we are
in or [torn] descending in to the valley of
humiliations [torn] old John Bunyan remarks few
can carry themselves with good grace while
descending in to this valley but many are sorely
knocked and bruised while descending yet when
down the air is healthy and invigorating and sweet
herbs and flowers grow there that grow no where
else, let us hope and pray that this valley
may prove a real lasting bessing [blessing?] unto
us as a nation, that we may come out of it as
gold that hath been tried in the furnace
seven times that at least we may be purged
of our great national evil thus the
bonds of the oppressed may be broken
speedily and suerly[surely?]:- Concerning the war
I know not that I can tell you any news
the papers no doubt keep you posted in regard
to our movements so far as the [they?] can some fairly
representing us, and others I am sorry to say
misrepresenting every statement and fact that comes
within there [their?] reach, (the London times)
and all that follow in its wake seem bound
to misrepresent us to the public all that they
possibly can. [Russel?] correspondent of the London
Times makes more thats a dozen, to I had almost said
blunders, lies in his account of the battle of bulls
run, in order to vilify our troops he is in the
interest of the slave ograchy [slav(e)ocracy?] of
the south and is in no sense strictly netural
[neutral?] as he pretends and if I were president
instead of A Lincoln I would either hang him or
banish him from this country in the inside of
forty-eight hours Martial law is proclaimed
throughout Missouri we have some tories here
amongst us I would not be surprised if Martial
law would be proclaimed in this state inside of
three months it is supposed that we are on the
eve of a great battle the rebel armys flag flouts us
the [-----?] within sight of Washington
the pickets of the two armys [armies?] are daily
skirmishing and we look hourly for a general engagement
you have probably already heard of the masterly
maneouver [manoeuvre?] of General [Butler?] in
North Carolina or rather on the coast of North C.
[North Carolina?] the world will learn in time that
this great Republic is not a mere myth, but is
able and willing to defend itself against all
foes whether foreign or domestic.
I had a letter from Samuel Sample
a few days ago he has been rather sickly
all summer John & Hugh and family
are well they did not call as the [they?] went
past so I missed the opportunity of seeing
them and hearing plenty of news from the
home of my youth, the memory of which will
always be dear
I have now written you a long letter but
before closing I would ask for this country
an interest in your prayers, as in the days
of David so now the conspiracy is strong
and there are many [Shimies?] to mock at
our calamity, yet our cause is just
and will ultimately triumph let us therefore
pray for the speedy overthrow of slavery
for this is none other than a war between
liberty and slavery between right and
wrong, matters are drifting slowly but
suerly [surely?] in the right direction General
[Fremont?] in Missisouri [Missouri?] has issued his
proclamation declaring all the slaves of
the rebels free men this is one step in
the right direction let us hope that
the other Generals in their several
commands will do like wise, they may
never have another opportunity of constitiontionaly
[constitutionally?] doing so, at present they have
in all probability they will be drafting
men for the war this winter should this
lot at any time fall upon me I am ready
to go and defend my countrys rights
against all agressors but enough for the
present in bonds of love your Brother Andrew