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Title: J Means, Jersey City U.S.A., to Alexander Mayne, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMeans, J/25
SenderMeans, J
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationreal estate and insurance agent
Sender Religionunknown
OriginJersey City, New Jersey, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientMayne, Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT.2284/1/6: Presented by Dr E R R Green, Manchester University History Department, Manchester 13. #TYPE EMG J Means; Real Estate and Insurance Agent, Jersey City, U.S.A., To His Cousin, Alexander Mayne, Belfast 13th December 1877.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809192
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log28:09:1988 GC created 07:12:1988 pg input 16:01:19
Word Count534
TranscriptDec, 13th, 1817

My Dear cousin
I need not only attempt to form an apology for my gross neglect in not
writing to you before this time, but simply ask that you will not judge me
as feeling unfriendly, for that I do not, and your kind remembrance of me
from time to time forbids that a few days ago I was greatly delighted &
surprised upon receiving a call from your son Sandy, I did not at first know
him, but his features soon became familiar.
I regret very much that we could not have had more of his company but there
was so much and so many to be seen that he had to make the best of the
short pace of time he had. He appeared to enjoy his trip very much. I hope
before this reaches you - you wil have much news from himself in person. I
saw him on board the China last Wednesday morning - Since which time the
weather has been delightful with us - I was glad to hear from S. that you
were enjoying such good health that together with pleasant Surroundings &
associations such as you have goes far toward making life pleasant and when
in connection with this (as no doubt if is with you) there is a looking
forward to a bright and glorious immortality, where all is joy & peace
through an unending eternity then one may say for me to depart and be with
Christ is far better - your life dear friend has been one of activity in the
cause of maker and for all such reward not of merit but of grace is certain
& hence the language of the Apostle - I have fought the good fight I have
finished my course. I have kept the faith and henceforth there is laid up
for me a crown of righteousness may it be yours & mine to wear that
The last three years have made a great change in our family. Four of my sis
ters, Mary Ann, Elenor, Matilda & Eliza have been removed by death. There
is now left out of eleven of a family only Anna and Myself. Anna with her
family are living in Brooklyn across the river from us and is in the enjoy-
ment of good health - my own health has been much better these last few
years for which I feel grateful to a kind providence. Mrs M. is greatly
blessed with health & vigour of body. My boys are both employed, but the
remuneration for services rendered is not as good here as it was some
years ago.
Business in all departments has been for a long time and continues to be
much depressed and I cannot perceive an innactiate prospect of revival.
The President and Congress are not working very harmonicaubly which does
not help matters any. Sandy tells me you have some thoughts of makeing a
visit to the country. I do think you would enjoy it very much & it would
afford me much pleasure to see you more hoping that you are well and that
Sandy is well back, with kindest regards & all the family
from yours truly J. Means