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Title: James McClelland, U.S.A, to Mrs. Matilda Irwin, Co. Derry
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMcClelland, James/61
SenderMcClelland, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionEpiscopalian
OriginBoston, Mass., USA
DestinationCo. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientIrwin, Matilda
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1712/8: Presented by Mrs. T.J. Dysart, Killyblight, Dungiven.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9409343
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 26:09:1994.
Word Count744
Transcript[In a short note in the same envelope, circa 1964, states
that it was sent to; Mrs Matilda Irwin, Rallagh,
[Derrychrigin?] Post Office, Co Londonderry; by her
brother who emigrated circa 1870]

35 Dorr St.

April 8/92. [April 8th, 1892?]

Dear Matilda,
I received
your letter a few days ago,
and as it has been a very rare
occurrence to see one of your
letters lately, of course I was
surprised as well as much
pleased to get it, I suspect
in this case I am as much
indebted to Thomas having
got married as to any other
cause of course I am sorry
you have lost his valuable
help in the house, and on the
farm, without doubt you
will miss him very much
for he will not be likely to
live with you again, but
you must expect such
changes which are both right
and natural, he is old enough
to judge for himself, and if
he has chosen a partner who
will make him happy you
have more reason to feel thankful
than sorrowful on this occasion;
I am well aware that
mothers as a rule do not
think there are any girls
born good enough for their sons
but altho [although?] you did not give
me many Particulars
about the wife he has chosen
I should judge from what
you did say that he had the
best of the bargain, if they
are to start a Shop in Limavady
I suppose she will have to furnish
the funds for I do not
imagine he has much money
and if she adds to that
youth and good looks she
ought to make him a good
wife, at least I hope she will.
I was hoping out of your
large family you might be
able to give one of the boys some
Profession such as a Clergyman
or Doctor or a lawyer, and
have spoken of it many times
in my letters. I thought perhaps
that Alexander might
"fill the bill" but I remember
now that he is older than Willie
and as none of you have responded
in any way to my
remarks on the subject, and
as he is behind Willie in
choosing what business he
would like to follow, I fear
he is not so bright as some
of the others and in that case
would not be adopted to
a profession. I still believe
however that the smartest
of your boys should have himself
a Profession, in order not only
to do well himself but also to
assist the others in rising to a
better position in life, many
families much poorer than
yours have exerted themselves
to do that, and have succeeded
very well,I fear now that Alexander...
[line stained]
...that all progress in this direction
will be entirely stopped. I am
sorry to hear that you have been
having very stormey [stormy?] weather in
Ireland lately I hope it may
improve in seasons to give you
a chance to get in your crops,
I was also very sorry to hear
that Mr. & Mrs. McClellan had
been sick also the Rev. Mr. Scott,
Mrs. Ross & Mrs. McFarland
trust they may all have recovered
before this time
your venerable Bishop Alexander
of Derry & Raphoe is here in
Boston at Present I had the
pleasure of hearing him preach
last Sunday in Trinity Church
I wonder he was not afraid to
cross the Atlantic at his advanced
age. I am very glad
to hear that your health is
restored again. I hope you
take good care of it now
for you cannot expect to be able to work as hard
now as when you were younger. I think
Mary Ann and Lizzie are very lazy or they
might write to me occasionally of course it
would be a pleasure for me to hear from them.
I do not approve of Maggie leaving school
so soon to go with James as Monitress [sic] you
do not half value a good education in
Ireland, If she leaves School now she
may never have another chance of educating,
herself, and of course she is not half
so far advanced in her studies as she
ought to be when she gives up school the
small salary she could earn would not
it seems to me compensate her for the
loss of her education, now is the time to
think this over. Please remember
me to Bessie, Willie, to all the members
of your own Family, and to all friends.
hoping you will write to me more frequently
now that you have got started again
I remain your loving brother
James McClellan
P.S. all friends here are well and send