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Title: W. Murphy, Pennsylvania, to Hugh Donnan, Saintfield, Co. Down
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMurphy, William/35
SenderMurphy, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationshop assistant, delivery boy
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAllegheny, Penn., USA
DestinationSaintfield, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientDonnan, Hugh
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2795/5/2/5: Presented by Andrew Wilson,Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9501252
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 23:01:1995.
Word Count610
TranscriptFor Mr Hugh Donnan
In Care of Mr Andrew Wilson
Saintfield Co.Down Ireland

Postmark: Saintfield MY 74
U.S.A. MY 4 74

Allegheny November 28th 1873
Mr Hugh Donnan

Dear Sir
We received your letter dated
October 25th on november the 20th and
we are glad to hear that you are all
well and that the clontnagooland [clontanagullion?]
people are doing so clever we are sure
that Margaretjane feels happy that her
friend Mrs Poole has not Died of
consumption as she was afraid that
the Poor Girl was not going to live
long I am sorry to hear that
[W.?] Prestleys mills was burned for the
want of oil for he made use of
A good deal of oiling during
the time he made the mony [money?] that
bought them we have had some
great failures here during the last
to [two?] months A good many of the
Banks in new yourk [new york?] and some
here have failed and a good many
of the public works have closed
On that account and has thron [thrown?]
hundreds out of work but it is
expected that the [they?] will be all
right again but I am glad it
has not made any change
with our firm we are turning out
the truckers and [caindes?] as strong
as ever and we have started
A new store on Liberty St pittsburg
We are getting on much the same
as usual and making money
fast since times has came a little
And horses have lowered very
much if the journey was not so
long I would fetch you a cargo
you could make money on
I could buy any amount of
horses at five and six Pounds and
that would sell in Saintfield at
from 25 to 30 Pounds each America
is not as stedy [steady?] as Ireland it is
up today and down tomorrow
We had James Smith with us today
and he is stoped [stopped?] work and says he
wil [will?] work no more here when he comes
to see you he will not give the yanky
ladies A good name he says that
if a Hollyway tail would light
on her snout [B P] it would get
its feet cut and if the [grecien?] [ben?]
was taken of her rump and the [fals?]
[bals?] of her legs and [-als?] breasts & hair
& teeth never speak of paint and [whitin?]
she would not be biger [bigger?] neither
the weather is really cold and frosty
now it would do you good were
you here now to see the country
men coming in & wagon of hay only
weighing about 15 hundred with the
too [two?] front horses covered with mud
that yo [you?] could not tell what
couler [colour?] he was it would put the
notion of farming out of your
head in America.
Ask James
Mehafy [Mehaffy?] if he got
a letter from me
some time ago

Provisions are generaly [generally?] prety [pretty?] high here
potatos from 8 to 10 shillings [pr Cwt?]
flour the same as with you beef
3 to 5 pence A Pound Clothing very
high a suit of mens Clothes from
8 to 10 Pounds and womans the
same in porportion [proportion?] a woman pays
from 1 to 2 pounds for making
a gonin [going?] house rent very high
we pay 35 shillings per month
and them who wish to live up to the
fashon [fashion?] can go through all the [they?] earn
but them that do without the fashion
can mak [make?] money plenty We are all
in the enjoyment of good health
at present thank be to God for it
and hope thies [these?] few lines will find you
in the same Pleas [Please?] write some as we are glad
to hear from you so no more at present.
Yours respectfully
W. Murphy