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Title: Hester Habersham, Savannah, to Helen Lawrence, Coleraine
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHabersham, Hester/24
SenderHabersham, Hester
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationmiddle-class housewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSavannah, Georgia, USA
DestinationColeraine, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientLawrence, Helen
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD955/12: Deposited by Messrs Martin, King, French & Ingram
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland
Doc. No.9904147
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 13:04:99.
Word Count732
TranscriptMy Dear Hellen [Helen?] Savannah May the 14 1775

I received your agreeable letter a few days ago which made me
quite happy as it informed me of your being well, and my dear
Sally's being quite recovered. How happy it must make her to
have you with her at such a time. My brother is much obliged
to her for the name and says of course he must be a clever
fellow. I suppose he will write to her himself and return her
thanks. You mention you having wrote to me twice since you
heard from me. Your letters never came to hand. Your safest
way to send your letters is to direct them to my uncle Campbell
and he will forward them, as there is a post comes from Charlestown
to this place once a week. It gave me pleasure to hear that my
dear John is so fine a boy. Mr Holms informed me he had seen
him. I think the sooner you send him to London the better as
you may be sure he will be taken care of by his uncles. Do let
me know whether old Mrs Macky is still alive and if she begins
to repent, and what has now become of poor Mr Irwin. I can't
help loving him though he did not use me well. Be very
particular in your next, as I am anxious to hear what has
become of all my friends and acquaintances, and write soon. I
still flatter myself I will one day see you. Thank God that
you, my dear brother Lawrence and the children enjoy so good
health. I sincerely wish you a long continuance of it as it is
the greatest blessing on earth. I have been much troubled
for some months past with a pain in my face and teeth, but I am
now quite recovered and my three children are very healthy.
James and Polly are going to school and Aleck begins to walk.
He is without vanity as fine a little fellow as you would wish
to see. James and I think he resembles your John very much.
My brother Dick and his family is well. He has got a fine
little boy and girl. Willy still remains unmarried. I often
wish old Susay [Susie?] Patrick or Peggy Fergusson [Ferguson?]
was here, as I think either of them would make him a good
wife. His daughter lives with me. She often wishes she could
see her aunts. She desires her love to all her cousins.
Allick [Alex?] and his family are well. My uncle Campbell has
been very ill for some time but is better. My aunt and cousin
were well when I heard from them last. No doubt you will be
uneasy at hearing of the disturbances at Boston. Don't be
alarmed as the people here have very little to do in the matter.
We have here a few Liberty boys but thank God not a majority
which keeps us out of the scrape. There is no telling how
things will end. We had shocking accounts from Boston a few
days ago, but I hope they are without foundation. It was
reported the troops and people had had an engagement in
which many on both sides were killed. I am happy to find
that Captain Gaylard's company was not ordered out as they
are all in a dangerous situation. I shall write to Sally by
this opportunity and will direct to Mr Alexander's care,
as I suppose she is now in Dublin. It makes
me very unhappy that I can't, with any safety, send my dear
little nieces any token of my regard for them. If they lived
in England I [torn] but things so seldom get safe to Ireland
that I am [torn] send anything. I hope I will meet with a good
opportunity. Some time or other give my love to Mrs Alder and
tell her I would have wrote to her now, but have hardly time
to finish this, as the ship is ready to sail. My love to
Mrs Dunlop, Mrs Gault and all my acquaintances. Do let me know
what has become of Jenny Cuppage and all the rest of my
friends. Mr Habersham joyns [joins?] me in love to my dear
Brother and you and am my Dear Hellen [Helen?] your eve
loveing [loving?] and affect [affectionate?] sister
H Habersham [nee Wylly?]

*envelope address:

Miss Hellen [Helen?] Lawrence
In Coleraine