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Title: W.K. Harshaw, Paterson NJ, to John Harshaw, Ringclare, Co Down
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHarshaw, W. K/16
SenderHarshaw, W.K.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPaterson, New Jersey, USA
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientHarshaw, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1505/1: Copied by Permission of Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra Manor, County Down #TYPE EMG [W.K. Harshaw?], Paterson, N.J. [New Jersey?], 20 March 1894, to "Master John," [Harshaw?], [Ringclare?], [County Down?].
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9005212
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log22:05:1990 JMR created 22:08:1991 SQ input 00:00:1
Word Count902
TranscriptTo: "Master John, " [Ringclare, County Down?]
From: [W.K.Harshaw?] Paterson N.J. [New Jersey?]

March 20th 1894

Master John
I was very glad to receive your letter
a short time ago, and to have such a full feast of neigh
borhood [neighbourhood?] news as it contained. I spoke of so many
people and places that I was well accquainted with that it
was almost equal to a vist to them, and certainly had
the effect of bringing them all distinctly to me
with the old home feeling. You report but few deaths,
so the whole impression of your record is pleasant,
and enjoyable. Hence I have read and re-read
your letter several times and always with renewed
interest and satisfaction. I have only been getting
Donaghmore news second handed [hand?] and occasionally
from Robert, but it has an improved zest when getting
it fresh and direct as you have served it this time.
you give us the moving cause of your writting [writing?] at
this time your having had a communication from Fred.
and the request of Jane and Archy in that connection
that I should dissuade Mrs Marshal from going
out to Australia in search of Fred. I read your mess
age [message?] to Mrs Marshal and allowed her to derive
her own meaning of whatever meaning was in the communica
tion. [communication?] She disclaimed all thought or wish
or intention of ever going back to Australia, and seems to have a-
bandoned [abandoned?] all thought of ever seeing Fred again.
You write: "he (either Archy or Fred.) was afraid Mrs Mar-
shall [Marshall?] might take the notion of going to Melbourne
to find Fred. and keep him from getting into any
situation." I can't understand this. was there any
impression that Mrs. Marshall tried or would try to
prevent Fred. getting employment? This would be most
singular if true, or if it had any particle of truth,
for in all explanations and references I have heard
from Mrs Marshall I gathered that she was most
solicitous to get Fred. into employment, and her great
disappointment was that he had not succeeded in
that respect. Mrs Marshall has been acting as
"companion" to a lady here in paterson, who had got
into bad health, or rather whose mind had got slight
imbalance in connection with the death of her only son
suddenly about 27 years ago. Not crazy, but a little
flighty and notionate, and whimsical, making it des-
irable [desirable?] to have a companion with her all the
time. The people were wealthy so that Mrs Marshal's time
was the life of a lady comparatively. I sent Jane a pa
per [paper?] a few weeks ago with a lengthy obituary notice
of the death of this lady from a sudden stroke of
apoplexy. Since then Mrs Marshall has been out
of employment, and has availed herself of the leisure
to vist some Fourtowns friends in Albany - about
150 miles off. I think Mrs Marshall discharged
the duties of the position she held admirably, and
to the complete satisfaction of the family. I had a
paper from her yesterday with a marked advertise-
ment [advertisement?] in it showing that she is trying for
a similar situation in Albany, although her object is to
return here in a few weeks unless an opening should pre-
sent [present?] in Albany while she is there.
James Young and Joe Duff are the sick ones
with you and when you speak of their feeble and failing
health it makes me greatly long to see them again. But
every name you mention excites this desire intensely in
me - The Bradfords, Joesph Young, William Kidd, your
Jennie, Bradford and the new accession to your house
hold, the Fourtowns, Shinn, Mountmellicks, Mill-
town [Milltown?] people - all, how I would like to see them
again. These glimpses of coming Spring, as well as your
letter, makes me think of the white roads amd the
hawthornes of Ireland. It is sad to hear of the difficulties
and the great lack of means that seem to rest on every-
thing [everything?] connected with the Milltown, as if a
blight had been send on everything concerned with it.<JUST
the place above and beyond all places on earth where
it might have been supposed that the reverse of
this would have prevailed, for there we know the en-
joyments [enjoyments?] of life had been planted in rich abundance,
the generosities of existence practised, and there we
know the honored [honoured?] and the sainted lived and moved
and had their being. The whole place was consecra
ted [consecrated?] [by?] pleasant memories. But, somehow, the shad-
ows [shadows?] rest upon it, and hard and hopeless lines seem
alone to pertain to it. I am sorry to confess an heir-
ship to some of the same unfavorable [unfavourable?] fate, else the
will of my heart would have been "to build again the
waste of places of Judea", and to "rescue and raise
again" the burdens of the Milltown surroundings.
How many have I seen with, what I considered
far less ability, and much less application and effort
reaching the position of doing all that they pleased
from a money standpoint. But with me this advan
tage [advantage?] seems to have been denied me, and I so willing
-so anxious to use it openhandedly, in the circle
nearest me. How sad to learn the great gulf
that so often exists between our wishes and their ac-
[here the letter fragment ends]