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Title: Hannah B. Longstreet, Augusta, to William J. Allen.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileLongstreet, Hannah B/26
SenderLongstreet, Hannah B
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationmiddle-class housewife
Sender ReligionCatholic
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
Destinationprob. Belfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD/1558/1/2/209: Presented by F. D. Campbell Allen Esq, London Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9804175
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:04:98.
Word Count377
TranscriptAugusta Nov 28. [18?]/66

My dear Friend,
Mr. Bones desires me to send
a line to you as he is feeling too unwell to write.
It is to tell you of a barrel of apples lately shipped,
in Steamer Edinburgh, to your address, and one to Mr
Campbell. We have just received from the same house,
(New York) a lot of apples in such bad condition, that
we fear you have been equally unfortunate. I hope,
however, the bad barrels were sent to us, who are only
"Southerners". Strange, how we still patronize & abuse
our Northern brothers; but that is only because Ireland
isn't a little nearer. Please say to Bella, I was much
gratified by her affectionate letter and the peep she
gave me at the family circle in Fannoran. When we were
with you seven years ago, we had little reason to hope
you would become so stout. I used to think a winter in
Georgia would be necessary to build up Mrs Allen and yourself.
Now I should like you to come because you are strong
enough to stand it. How strange it must look to see you
with tall daughters & a great boy. Bella thinks I
must have forgotten Janey & Andrew James "because they
were so little," but I have a very vivid recollection
of the little bodies, as they perched themselves on the
kitchen table, to watch the progress of the Georgia
biscuit. Do they remember the afternoon when Mama
could not go on to some wedding, but must need turn
back to see what we were all after. The enclosed "Caste"
is for Janey, with a georgia biscuit on the plate. The
picture was taken to gratify our old servant Mitchel,
who wished himself & "Master" taken together; but he
was too modest to appear in any other relation, than
that of a devoted slave. He says, freedom came too late
for him. It is well my poor Uncle has such a friend to consider
& relieve his many wants. Uncle Campbell doubtless keeps
you advised of all Augusta news. He and Aunt are in excellent
health. I can say the same of Emma & her three stout
children. Uncle joins me in kindest remembrances to Mrs
Allen, the children & yourself.
Truly yours
H. B. Longstreet