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Title: Wm. McElderry, Virginia to Brother [T McElderry, Ballymoney?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMcElderry, William/30
SenderMcElderry, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmill supervisor
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginLynchburg, Virginia, USA
DestinationBallymoney, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientMcElderry, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2414/17: Copied by Permisssion of Dr Helen Megaw, c/o 66 Malone Road, Belfast 9. #TYPE EMG Wm. [William?] McElderry, Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.A., to His Brother, [Thomas McElderry?], [Ballymoney?], [County Antrim?], [Ireland?], 16 October 1854.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007077
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log27:07:1990 TSFS#CREATE created 30:10:1990 GC input
Word Count960
TranscriptLynchburg 16th Oct 1854
Dear Bertha
I am sure you will be looking out for this letter long
before I Commenced to write but the truth is I hurried to write some time
ago but had nothing to fill up the letter with and I hope you will not
think it is neglect in me for not writing sooner
I know I will surprise you when I tell you this since you heard from
me I have changed my situation I was well placed with the place that I was
in but did not like the way I was treated and Robert advised me to quit if
the [they?] would not change there [their?] way of getting on and on that
account I left and since that I have been told that I was doing right to leave even the priest that lives here agrees with me He is the first priest that ever I was acquainted with and I find him to be a friendly man you would perhaps like to know how I got acquainted it was in the store he often came came in to Mr Hutch and me would all gather round him he used to tell Mr Hurt that this this was his class.
I was some time left before it was knowing (and doing that time stayed with Robert) and as soon as Mr Langhome knew that I was left he sent for me and I commenced work with him. His business is a miller he has the only flour mill that is in this place it makes about 200 Lbs. every
day and all the work that I have to do is not much just going about suing
[seeing?] the work done and attending to the shipping of the flour as it is
all sent to Richmond and sold there I have no doubt but you may see some of
our flour with you it is bound City Mills and if you do any of it you may
depend on it for being no1 When I came to see W Langhome he told me that he had been observing me for some time and always found me attentive to my work and he said that M Hurst spoke very Highley of me I do not regret having left the other place I have more salery and less work I am as white now as I was when I was in Coleraine I was the green grocer then but I am a miller now M Matthews has returned from the Springs this some time there is no
change on him that I can see he looks as well as ever he done he always
stays above the store with Robert and in the Bank with Mr Peters and
paying attention to what is going on He works some himself but he is as
anxious to see business done as ever he was He will stay here untill [until?] sometime in november and there he leaves for Baltimore I have not heard the particular day he leaves but he could have told you that when he came for the day and the day of the month that he intends leaving
I am glad you have received the likeness safe I want to know [which?] you thought of the pictures but you were all silent on that subject I told Robert when I received Elizabeths letter that she said I was the best like but he did not agree with her on that and when he read it he told me he knew I was not right for she said nothing about them he thinks that when you write you might use more paper and not write cross it again he said he could make nothing out of the last at all so when you write be sure and have it all right for he is going on to be an old Bachelor
I received a letter this morning from Thomas Nevin dated 21st
Sept [September?] he informs me that you are all well and also of the Death of Uncle James little Daughter I was sorry to hear of it Thomas is anxious to here [hear?] from me and to know if there is any word of Robert or I getting married I should like to hear if there is any word of some of his friends on that road and I think before he would begin to enquire he ought to let me know what is going on at home
Robert is doing a good business They have got home there Fall – goods and I believe they are doing a large trade this season Mr Peters is always staying in the Bank and Mr Stephen and Robert attends to the store
I suppose the young men that went home from this has left to come back again before this I have not heard any word from him since I received the last letter from home
I think that my not writing is no excuse for you not writing at home
there are so many of you there that it would not be hard for to write time
out David Boyds letter is long of getting this length I thought to have
gotten one from him before this but I know it is always before me.
Let my Mother Know that I am on the look out for a wife but have not
one yet I would like to have her here to pick out one for me but I will have that to do for myself
We are both well here and hope that you all are enjoying the same
Your affectionate
P S Brother
I [r---ved?] the guard W [William?] McElderry
for which I am obliged
to you Excuse this
W M'E [William McElderry?]