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Title: Hester Habersham, Georgia, to H. Lawrence, Coleraine
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHabersham, Hester/6
SenderHabersham, Hester
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationmiddle-class housewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginGeorgia, USA
DestinationColeraine, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientLawrence, Helen
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD955/13: Deposited by Messrs Martin, King, Trench & Ingram
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9904038
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:99.
Word Count609
Transcript[badly damaged letter]

I take this opportunity of writing to you by Mr. Kay,
who is returning to his friends in Belfast. I
received your agreeable letter of the 8 December
which I assure you is the first I have had from
you these eighteen months though I have wrote
to you by many opportunities. If my dear Helen
knew the pleasure it gives me to hear from her I am
sure she would write often. I am happy to hear you
are safely recovered and am much obliged to you for
giving me another young nephew and must now inform
you I have returned you the compliment by giving you
a niece. I was, thank God, safely delivered the
fourth of this month of a fine little girl, who I
intend calling Mary after her grandmama Habersham,
who was by all accounts an amiable woman I should
have called it after you and my dear mother but think
every compliment in my power to pay my dear
Mr. Habersham too small a return for his goodness to
me. My little James is a lovely boy and is great
company to me, as he runs about and says everything
he hears. I had a letter some time ago from my
brother Gaylard when he informs me he has got full
pay. I am happy to hear it, as it will enable them
to live very comfortably. I suppose by this time
my dear Sally has got another little one. My dear
sister, I would have wrote to Mr. Campbell to have
known the reason your legacy was not remitted to
you, but they are at present in heavy trouble as they
have lost their only daughter about two month ago.
She died in childbed. I will write soon and let you
know. I beg you will write to me soon as I can't
well understand by your letter whether old Mr. Mackey
has left my dear little John anything or not, as
there is wrote on the outside of your letter that
he has left him five thousand pounds and two hundred
a year during his life, but as it does not look like
your writing, I can't be certain whether it is really
so or not. As for Mr.Irwin's behaviour to the child
I am not the least surprised as it was much the same
to myself. I should be glad to know what situation
they are in for I still can't help but having a great
friendship for both him and her. I wrote to her a
little after I came here, but never had any answer.
I am sorry to hear of poor Molly Given's death. She
was a worthy girl. I suppose Charlot takes great
[?slate] on herself. Poor Nancy is likely to die an
old maid. Let me know all the news by the first
opportunity and how Jenny Allen does. I suppose
she is turned quite an old woman and can't spare
time to write to her old friends. I would write to
her now, but cannot at present undertake so much, as
my eyes are not strong enough. My brothers are all
well and Dick's wife will soon make you an aunt. He
is happily married as she is a sweet tempered woman.
Allick [Alex?] is quite affronted at you for not writing
to him. When you write you had better send your letters
to both Maky's care, as Mr G[?] is seldom in London
and the letter lies at his house. I would have wrote
to my dear brother Lawrence by this opportunity but
think it is the same which I write to you....