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Title: Hannah B. Longstreet, Augusta to Isabella Allen.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileLongstreet, Hannah B/14
SenderLongstreet, Hannah B
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationmiddle-class housewife
Sender ReligionCatholic
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
Destinationprob. Belfast, N.Ireland
RecipientAllen, Isabella
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1558/1/2/240: Presented by F. D. Campbell Allen Esq, London Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9804172
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:04:98.
Word Count982
TranscriptAugusta June 11 [18?]/73

My dear Friend,
After so many months of silence, I
should have many enquires to make and much to tell,
but the monotony of a winter spent in the sick room,
leaves me only questions after your welfare to put,
and very little to say about myself at least. I hope
the winter has passed without making inroads on Mr
Allen's health. His close confinement to business must
have kept you anxious and must have been a trial of his
strength. Now that warm weather & long days have come,
we in this country feel that the year's hard work is over.
I dont know if it is so with you. Bank men, I presume know
little of rest at any season. But I know warm weather brings
gladness to you. We have seldom looked so anxiously for
summer as we do now. The winter has been very severe and even
the long days of June now upon us, are strangely cool. The
unmelted snows of the north must be the cause. None of our
friends have yet cared to leave Town and I think it not
likely Uncle Campbell will remain here all summer. This,
however, would not be his choice. He has been failing in
health since the middle of February. Something of an apoplectic
attack was felt at that time. It was slight, but has been
followed by another more severe and in fear greatly there
may be still another to be met. His bodily strength is
his mind impaired and he spends nearly all his time on the
couch, but his mind is perfectly clear and he is insatiable
in his desire for reading. One or another of us, has always
a book on hand and he takes a good many papers. He has been
quite interested in the winding up of the Tichborne case
and now the Modoe Indians are rousing all his sympathy.
If he could save "Capt [Captain?] Jack" by taking up
arms himself, I think he would do it. The negroes, and all
the oppressed find a true friend in him. He is rewarded by
having kind servants in his household, while in almost every
southern house the reverse is felt. He has "considered the
poor" always & has his blessing now. My Aunt Smith has
passed the winter nursing me at the cottage. My lungs
gave me trouble & I was confined to the house till a few
weeks past. I am now able to come to Town and spend the
month of June with Uncle Campbell and my Aunt has gone to
visit her son; who is planting cotton near Savannah. Oswald
has a family of half grown children and is himself a stout
man of forty years old. Emma is detained in Town by a family
of sick children. She has never had much care before with
them. They have measles, and have by wholesale.
Does Mr Allen remember Dr Joseph Eve, who attended him
when he had his hand hurt by the lid of the chest. The
Doctor and his wife have joined Dr Paul Eve & family &
gone to Europe for health. Uncle Campbell sent you an
Augusta paper, in which this was mentioned, though I
tried to convince him it would do little to bring
about a meeting between the travellers and your family.
It is not likely they will go to Ireland, but if they
should, they will doubtless find Mr Allen, as we shall
send them his address. The party is made up of two Doctors,
their wives, five grown children and one grandchild and, I
should think, would be almost as unmanageable as that of
the Shah of Persia. The two doctors have overworked
themselves and are going for rest. Do you think they will
find it? Have you any thought of going to Vienna or of
sending your young people? Expositions have had their
day, with you I doubt, but I would bespeak your
attendance on our "Centennial" in Philadelphia, for which
we are making great perparations. If the breach of brotherly
love between the North & South could be healed at that
celebration, we might look forward to it with pleasing
expectations, but alas the bitterness is very great yet. Our
troubles in New Orleans & other western states show how hard
it is for brothers to bury the hatchet. A generation must die
You asked me how the freed people serve us now. We have our
troubles, but from what I gather of like trials in other
countries, we are probably no worse of than other people. The
color'd [coloured?] people improve their opportunities of
getting instruction. Their schools are full and parents are
making sacrifices of comfort by doing all the work for the
present. The young people meantime are not learning to
work & so it will take another generation to get matters
settled. These young people call themselves ladies & gentlemen
and of course it does them good to pass the houses of their
old owners, books in hand, and to catch a glimpse of our
white children sweeping the floors & sometimes browning
over a stove. The tables are turned, but it was time for us to
work. We no longer fret over our lot. Matters are brightening
for all. We are alarmed this morning by news of cholera in the
West. It seems to have originated in New Orleans & is spreading
up the Mississippi. There is a report of its having reached
Washington City. So far there has been no case in Augusta.
I hope you will not follow my example, but send a quick
reply. Uncle Campbell and Mrs Gittnan send their kind
remembrances to Mr Allen & yourself, and Emma joining me
in love to you both and to the children.
Remember us to your Cousins Campbell when you meet them.
Very sincerely yours
H. B. Longstreet.