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Title: C. Hutchinson, Philadelphia to Her Mother, Londonderry
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHutchinson, Catherine/20
SenderHutchinson, Catherine A.
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationDerry, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1665/3/5: Presented by Mrs Helen O'Neill, 20 Grange Road, Ballymena, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9012052
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 10:12:1993.
Word Count761
TranscriptPhiladelphia August 13

My dearest Mother it is with a heart full
of sorrow i sit down to answer your letter telling
me of the death of my more than father when i
think of what he done for us all and how kind
and good he was to me oho [oh?] i can never forget
him he got all most [almost?] as hard a death as John
but not as suddent [sudden?] a one than he did among
strangers i hope the lord met him and took up
himself My Dear Mother i now [know?] you must have
a lonley [lonely?] heart but you now [know?] that the lord
never forsook you and i trust he will not forget you
in this your great sorrow and mother dont flie [fly?] in
gods face for his drivings for i often think if
you had John i would now [know?] that you would
not want but his hevinley [heavenly?] father wanted
him first and he had to go dont be afraid
you will never want i trust Willy my poor Child
rote [wrote?] me a very sencibell [sensible?] letter i hope
the lord will give him grace [?] and enebel [enable?] him
to become as good and brave a man as them he was
named after for now one [no-one?] ever new [knew?] his father
but respected him and was sorry to here [hear?]
of his death i am sure i hope daniell [Daniel?] has given
up the thoughts of goin [going?] to sea if you can never
let him under gow [under-go?] the hardships of a sailor any-
thing is better than that thou [though?] i will always
respect one now mather [no matter?] where i see them

Dear Mother you must not think that i have
forgotten you by my not ritting [writing?] before this but
we had been moving and the first night i got
there i got Mrs Clarks letter and i did not care
mutch [much?] how evething [everything?] went after that i
wanted to rite [write?] my selfe [self?] and i could not compose
my mine [mind?] before this though Hugh wanted to rite [write?] to
you but i would not let him doo [do?] it he is
verrey [very?] sorrey [sorry?] to here [hear?] of my fathe
[father's?] death he had the hope that he would see him here
but the disposers of all alowe [allow?] it to be other ways
[otherwise?] i wish you would get willy to rite [write?] me
a gaine [again?] as soon as this goes to han [hand?] and
let me now [know?] how you ar [are?] fixt [fixed?]
and how Mr Hancock setteld [settled?] with you and
what you ar [are?] going to doo [do?] and if you can keep
the boys at school oho [oh?] if you could keep the house
i would be sow [so?] glad then you could doo [do?] some-

thing better i woul [would?] rather that you would let
a room as leave it i will say no more at present i hope
to soon rite [write?] a gain [again?] to Willey [Willy?]
give my love to him and Daniel and i hope th [they?] will be
good boys and mind ther [their?] mother and not bother you like
David don [done?] if he heard of this change i now [know?] he wou
[would?] gow [go?] home give my love to Mrs Hagerty and
Mrs Clark and to all my friends tell Mrs Clark
that Mancey [Nancy?] Smiley is out of town and i don [dont?]
see her Mrs Hurst and Mrs Williamson & Martha
Sends there [their?] love to yo [you?]

Hugh joins Mee [me?] in sending our love to you
and the children in the warmest maner [manner?]
i offen [often?] wish that i was nere [near?] you that i
could have Willey [Willy?] so that he could gow [go?] to
see you but it canot [cannot?] be for i would not
him to leave you as long as you can keep him
and i trust in god that he will enebel [enable?] you to
keep him but as long as i had a mouthful
if i would not let him want nor Daniel
the god nowes [knows?] my mine [mind?] about you and
them now Mother you will rite [write?] to me soon
and let me now [know?] all remain Dear Mother
ever your afectionet [affectionate?]
Dauter [Daughter?] to death

Catherine A Hutchinson

If you hay [have?] anething [anything?] to say
to me put a slip of paper in side [inside?] of your letter