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Title: Jane Ellen Orr, Portaferry, to John M. Orr, Chicago.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileOrr, Jane Ellen/95
SenderOrr, Jane Ellen
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProb. Protestant
OriginPortaferry, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationChicago, Illinois, USA
RecipientOrr, John M.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by John McCleery, 80 Circular Road, Belfast,BT4 2GD.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9702157
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 10:02:97.
Word Count1300
5 [Circular transit postmark 5 Jan 1847?]

John M. Orr
Messrs George Smith & Co.

Portaferry October 13th 1847

My dear John
A fortnight has not yet elapsed since Dada
wrote you a very long letter. at that time I had no
intention of writing you again before the 1st of next
month, but William McCleery sails in a day or two for
New Orleans, and he requested us to send a letter for
you with him, and he would drop it into the office
there. I am sure it will be a very long time before this
reaches you. We were all disappointed - particularily
Mamma - that there was no letter or paper from you
by the last mail, if there will not be any for us
the next mail, we will be very uneasy. We are anxious
to know whether you have commenced any business or not.
Mamma desires me to say, that any time you do not write,
if you would send us a paper, directed with your own hand,
it would be almost as satisfactory. Any mail that comes
in, if we have no tidings of you, we always fancy
something is the matter, at the very least we will be
expecting a letter every month, now if you please don't
forget to write. So we have got John Dalzell married at
last, & a very nice wife he has got, not well looking
though, but most agreeable. There was a very large party
for her in Dr. Filson's, on this day week. Of course Meg
& I were there, "No show without Punch," but really we
had a most delightful evening, we did not separate until
half past two o'c [o'clock?]. The young gentlemen would
have been very scarce, but had not John and Alexander
McCullough & Mr Sam Cunningham arrived most unexpectedly
from Belfast. I assure you we were all delighted to
see them. We had great dancing. Quadrilles, country
dances, reels, the Spanish dance &c &c. We had some very
funny songs from Sandy McCullough and sentimental ones
from John. now altogether we spent a very pleasant
evening - W. Donnan has built splendid stores where
Molly's old house was, they are so very long that you
can hardly see to the end of them, he has half promised
to give us a dance in them when they are finished. I am
sure I hope he may do so with all my heart, as there
is nothing I enjoy more than a good dance to the
violin. There was a very alarming thing happened here
on Saturday morning. Mr William Campbell of Ballyalton
near Newtownards came to the Inn on Friday morning,
and intended returning by the coach in the morning, when
James Moreland went to awake him in the morning he
answered him and said he would rise, however when the
coach was starting there was no word of him, and James
Moreland went into the room and shook him, he gave a
tremendous groan, he had been seized with apoplexy, for
two days his life was despaired of, but I am happy to
say he is now in the fair way of recovering, and they
hope to be able to remove him tomorrow. Mr Campbell's
illness caused a great sensation in the town. All
the Doctors were in attendance. Captain Pollock of
Glasgow died on Tuesday week of bilious fever, he had
been in a bad state of health during the greater
part of the summer, but for a few weeks previous
to his last attack, his friends thought he was
recovering. however when he was seized with bilious
fever, he only lasted eight days. I am sure you
will be surprised to hear that Mrs Frank Donnan
has got a little daughter, Frank is in no bother about
it, he was all disappointed it was not a son. Have
you much [froth?] about Chicago? I need scarcely ask
you that question - as I am sure you have lots of all
kinds, I only wish I was with you to get share -
Mr McCullough the schoolmaster is leaving next
week, as he is going to College. We had an application
for the school from Mr Pollock who had been in
America for five years we were quite delighted to meet
with anyone that had been there in America. He
told us that the way the Americans pronounced
Chicago was as if it was spelled Shihogo, is that the
case? ,he also told us he thought you would have
to blacken your own boots, as the servants there
would be too proud to do so. well really I should
like exceedingly to see you at that work, I fancy you
would not be very good at it. I had a letter
from Margaret Orr today, she mentioned that Henry
Maxwell is there at present with the Miss Donnans.
he has left the vessel he was in, as she was a
very bad one, I have not heard whether he has
got another or not. James Blow is Captain of the
[Troubadour?] we saw yesterday by the papers that he
had arrived in New York after a passage of 31 days.
I understand he is going to give a regular "blow out"
when he comes home. Mrs Filson had a letter from
her brother Robert about ten days since, he mentioned
that he had been in New York after he had heard of
your arrival there and called at Mr Maxwell's to
enquire about you but they had heard nothing of you
at all. James Warnock had called there too, it is a
great wonder he had not thought of calling at Mr
William Maxwell's knowing that you had letters of
introduction to him. There were no less than three
papers came for you from Mr J. Glass with 2d each
on them, we did not keep them, I wonder does he not
know that you are in America. We are all quite well,
Meggy is growing almost as fat as I am. His Fathers
son William Henry is as great a mischief as ever, he
often wishes that I was away, & that you were home
again. Dada sends you the "Derry Standard" every mail,
he is anxious to know whether you receive it or not.
It is pretty generally reported and believed that
James Johnston is going to be married to [Emily?]
Craig immediately, [certain?] it is that he is very
attentive in that quarter. Did Robert Bowden write
you from Quebec, he sent home some time since for
your address, and he got it. Have you found out Tom
Warnock yet? There were papers from him from Cincinatti
by the last mail, but no letters. I am sure you
will have some difficulty in reading this scrawl. I am
getting tired writing. My pen is none of the best &
my poor ink is far gone in consumption, it is very
pale. I am now going out to walk, perhaps when I
come in and get a cup of tea I may think of something
more to tell you. Well here I am again sitting down to
write, and really I can't see that the nice walk or my
tea have brightened my intellect, as I cannot think of
anything else to tell you. So I must conclude hoping
we may have a very long letter from you by next mail,
telling us that you are making your fortune, And with
kindest love in which I am joined by all here
I remain dear Jack
Your sincerely attached sister
Jane Ellen
How do you come on at mending and darning?
William Henry is most anxious to know whether you have
got your whiskers cut off or not, and if you ever think
of Sarah-Anne. Mamma wants to know if the weather is cold
where you are.