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Title: E. Johnston, New York to Mrs Nelson, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileJohnston, E/15
SenderJohnston, E.
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientNelson, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2284/1/7: Presented by Dr. E. R. R. Green, Manchester University, Manchester 13, England.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8903130
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 21:10:1993.
Word Count628
TranscriptMrs Nelson
13 [Cromwell?] Road
The Plains
Belfast Ireland
[?] 30th March 1875

My dearest Ellen I received your
very welcome letter, for which I feel
very much obliged I recd [received?] a letter
also from Mary Anne & I wrote to one of
you since but I cannot remember which
of you I wrote to did either of you receive
a letter from me I think it was Mary
for she wrote me first I hope you will
excuse me for not writing sooner I
think you will when I tell you the reason
I have been from home for about a month
I hope this will reach you Please write or
drop me a Npaper [newspaper?] I would like to hear if
Mary Anns [Anne?] recd [received?] her letter from me I have
just been reading your letter over & I have
shed some tears over it oh dear Ellen how
many things it bring to memory of
long ago when I think of the severe pain
she suffered it is enough to make a [stranger?]
feel oh my dear dear sister the last
& the best of Mothers & best of Wives
that ever lived well all her suffering are
over now all tears are wiped away she is
with her saviour & she is reaping her
reward so we should, no sorrow as if we
had no hope it will do us good it was
a well spent life hers she walked in the
paths of righetousness [righteousness?] yesterday was
Easter Monday oh dear when I think of
how many Easters I have pleasantly
spent amongst you, believe if I had
not lost all the money I had I would
have made you all a visit before this
time oh how I have longed to see all
your dear faces & all the dear little ones
but that is over now I often take spells
of [home?] sickness still I have a right to
be thankful to God he is all my trusts
I was striving to live so that I may
meet those that gone before to [heaven?]
those thats to follow I am very comfortably
fixed now I have very nice room
well furnished & all my wants are well
supplied thank God for all his goodness

& mercies to me your Mary & family
are all well I heard from her lately
but I have not seen her since about the
first of January Uncle John is still in
the land of the living & has pretty good
health his sons are getting along very well
they are very Industrous [Industrious?] young Men &
makes a good living William the oldest one
is Married about a year ago she is a nice
little woman his wife she has a young son
lately I think perhaps we will be moving
next month but I will write a let you know
my address if we do I am going to write
to Matilda & she will let friends know
we have had a very severe winter here
there has been a great many people frozed [frozen?]
to death I am here 16 years on 17 July and
I never saw such cold weather the trams
were all east & west snowed up for days
no business doing no letters I hope we will
never see such another I hope all dear
friends are well poor Isabell she had
her own trouble loosing [losing?] such a fine Girl
please give my kind love to all dear friends
I heard from some one that Letitia Stavely
had been sick I hope Anna & she is well
and Matilda & her family I hope you will
excuse this scroll [scrawl?] I cannot see so well as I
used to hoping to hear from you again
at your own convenience.
Remain dear Ellen
Your very Affectionate Aunt
E Johnson