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Title: Hannah B. Longstreet, Augusta, to Isabella Allen.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileLongstreet, Hannah B/5
SenderLongstreet, Hannah B
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationmiddle-class housewife
Sender ReligionCatholic
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
Destinationprob. Belfast, N.Ireland
RecipientAllen, Isabella
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1558/1/2/212: Presented by F. D. Campbell Allen Esq, London Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9804171
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:04:98.
Word Count881
TranscriptAugusta March 21 [18?]/68

My dear Friend,
It is not surprising you
are "vexed with Hannah Longstreet" whose short
comings have reached a point where only silent
indignation is deserved, but one look at your
kindly face and your message of remembrance, give
a welcome in advance, to a letter at last". Those
photographs are as true as life, even Bella's, with
with which you found fault and yours I was glad to
see without a cap, for over here you are only known
as very young and over there you should not think of
caps, for ten years yet. Aunt & Uncle Campell, Emma &
I feel as if we had almost had a visit from you. Emma
sent her children yesterday to be taken to send to you,
but Mother like, she thinks justice has not been done them.
After parting with you in October my Uncle's health
became weak and all the way to Augusta, I was in constant
dread of a serious change for the worse. On landing
in New York, he was obliged to go to bed and remain there
ten days. He was then too much exhausted to travel by land,
so we were obliged to venture on the water again in a
small coasting Steamer. We encountered stormy weather, but
met with nothing more serious than a long voyage and a
rough way. Charleston was a welcome sight to us and home
more cheering still. I think when Uncle found himself
in his own large bed, he quietly resolved to be
satisfied with it for the rest of his life. He
continued for several weeks very feeble, but after
remaining in bed three without rising, a sudden change
for the better, showed that Ireland was in him still and
he is now comparitively [comparatively?] well. We found
Aunt & Uncle Campbell in good health and spirits. They
are soon to make a change to their mountain house, where
they now find more to interest them than in town.
Uncle Campbell reads incessantly during the winter, but
in summer looks after a small farm and is benefitted by the
open air. We tell him he is allowing politics to take very
strong hold of him in his old age. He has no patience with
the persistent rebellion in the hearts of the Southeners. He
thinks the only way to peace, is in quiet submission to our
Masters. He invites the Yankee teachers to take tea with him,
visits the negro schools, commends the wise proceedings of
the "coloured and un coloured Convention" and takes only
loyal newspapers. He is certainly the most consistent man
in Augusta. True to his principles through the war he feels
now, he may crow over us a little & compel us to take
his views, but we claim the privilege of making wry faces
and protesting a long time, before we swallow our bitter
pills. We have a Fenian Father Ryan in the Catholic church,
who is using his influence to advance Catholicism by
advocating the side of the appressed South. He is very
eloquent and a great favorite [favourite?] with the
people generally.
On St Patricks day, the "banner of green" was followed
by a long procession and quite a political address was
given by the Rev. Father. We have been shocked today,
by the death of one of our best citizens, Mr.
Slarnes (whom Mr Allen probably remembers). His little
son, a lad of eight years old, caught hold of a gun
which his Father held carelessly. The gun went off
and caused instant death. A widow and three sons are
left. You have probably seen in the newspapers how
hard it now is to support a family at the South. Though
there is much suffering along the Coast, (reaching in one
instance to death from starvation in a family with
whom we were personally acquainted) there is in the
South, a gradual improvement in the condition of the
masses. I cannot but think, if the family above
named had made known there [their?] dreadful
condition, there would have been no need to let two
children die, but they had been amongst the proudest &
wealthiest of the land once, and they would not beg. Relief
is sent from the North very freely and of course our
suffering people take it, with a few rare exceptions. On
the hundred islands which line our coast, remote families
suffer dreadfully. A cousin of mine told me that the first
cow which was brought to John's Island since the war, was
received this winter with the wildest joy. He added that ten
dollars would not have been enough to get him a pint of milk.
In this county, and throughout the interior of Georgia,
no one need starve who works, but every one must work to
live. Our busy lives are no disadvantage to the rising
generation. Children will not see their Parents work and
remain idle, and since nothing is more unfashionable than
to croak, you would say that with all our political
disabilities, we are still a very happy people. My
Uncle unites with me in kindest remembrances to Mr Allen
and yourself. Our kind regards to Mr Campbell & Sisters
and with love to the children, beleive [believe?] me
dear Mrs Allen
Yours very affectionably
H. B. Longstreet.