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Title: John Hall, Pennsylvania, to Moses Hall, Loughall, Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHall, John L/56
SenderHall, John L.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationnight school teacher
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMcDonald, Pennsylvania, USA
DestinationLoughall, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientHall, Moses
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2041/13: Purchased From J.A Hall Esq., 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast 15.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310522
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 15:10:1993.
Word Count800
TranscriptTo: Moses Hall,
[County Armagh?]

Mc Donald
Washington Co [County?]
Pa [Pennsylvania?]
8th Nov [November?] 1889

My Dear Moses
I received your very welcome letter this morning
with enclosed Photo which seems to me to be a very good
likeness of you with the exception of the "[j?]ib" which
does look a degree or so out of latitude, but otherwise is
very well taken. I would have sent you more long ago but to
tell you the truth it was pure poverty kept me from getting
my photo taken and when I had the money I had not clothes fit
to go in; but things do seem to grow a little brighter now
although I am not earning much. Lytle wrote for me to go to
him the other day; but not knowing when he was going to send
for me I had a deputation of employees from a new coal pit
opened about three miles out in the country from here who
wanted me to go out there three evenings a week and teach
Night School so I promised them I would go which I did and
of course will have to continue it till the end of the month
at any rate, so I thought when I was "in the business" I
might as well start another here. I have not many pupils in
either place yet but they are still coming and will probably
will have two good schools before long. Of course I mean to
get to Chicago as soon as I can make it __ This is my night
at school out in the country and it is raining to beat __ but
must tackle it and you could sail in the mud If the Smiddys
were here they would have some work to do on the roads __ you
wouldn't be able to see "February's" dunny hat above the ruts
nor would you see a stone on the road for miles__nothing but
mud! mud!!! mud!!! and then more mud and then you have a
Township road in America; but hope to soon bid them all good
bye and do better in a place where there is some chance of doing
well__a chance which I never had here.
You say you have decided to come out here__well I need
not tell you I would be glad to see you once more but would
have you consider well before you come out for I tell you once
and for all that a man coming to this country without capital
can only earn a salary tha same as he can in the old country
and counter hands are not very well paid here and it doesn't
make any difference who you are. Now remember I am not saying
this to discourage you but to give you food for reflection__

you know if you had no money coming here all you could
do would be to take a situation and work all the time and all
your life and not be worth anything in the end, besides you
are away from friends in a strange country which has
very few pleasures and a great many disadvantages which you
never think of until you have experienced them. I know for my
part I would rather live and work hard for £1 a week than earn
£5 a week here at my ease __ of course if you have made your
mind to come out you can please yourself but I am not one to
blow up things the way people here do every day when writing
home misleading accounts of everything but I tell you that it
is at home that life is worth the living and when you leave
Ireland you leave a great lot that you do not get repaid for
here; but yet if a person could save some money there are a
great many channels to invest in this country.
I had a letter from Susan a few days ago which gave me all the
news around home.
I get the Belfast News Letter pretty regularly from you.
Did you get the paper I sent to you? I am sending one with
this letter.
It is a great pity Father did not get re-appointed on the
Land Commission, but I suppose there is still a chance of him
getting there again.
I intend to make for Chicago as soon as I can get clothes fit
to appear in for my wardrobe being run down very low in every
direction it is pretty hard for me to renew it; but will let
you know when I intend leaving here.
All the Keenan folks are well and I am going up now to show
them your photo.
This is all I can think of __Write soon again and when I get
to Chicago might have more encouragment for you.
Your affectionate brother