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Title: Margaret Orr, Portaferry, to John M. Orr, [Chicago?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileOrr, Margaret/97
SenderOrr, Margaret
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPortaferry, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientOrr, John M
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright retained by John McCleery, 80 Circular Road, Belfast,BT4 2GD.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9702150
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 10:02:97.
Word Count1011
TranscriptPortaferry May 31st 1848

My Dear John
Your last welcome letter arrived
safe on the 18th of this month. We were very glad to hear
that you were quite well. I hope you continue so. We
are thinking great long to taste your ham. I am sure it
is very nice. Jane Ellen and I returned from Belfast
on Tuesday the 16th. we had a most delightful time. We
saw a great many of your old friends Miss Gowan and
Robert McCullough are to be down in Dr. Filson's this
summer. Did Tom Warnock go to Chicago If he is
with you tell him that Jane Ellen and Miss Jessie
had a long conversation one evening about him &
old times. We were up at Dunadry for two days
Miss L McCleery, Mary Shaw and Franklin are all quite
well and desired to be remembered to you. The children
are come down to their fathers for the summer.
I suppose Dada told you in his last that poor
Tom Maxwell was coming home on account of
his health. He got to Portaferry on the 16th March.
I am sorry to say only lived till the next Sunday after.
Mr William and Mr Edwin Blow have dissolved
partnerships. There is a sad scattering among
Mr William's sons. William went to sea with his brother
James while we were in town; and Alexander is either
gone or going away very soon to the Brazils and whenever
Henry has served his time he is going after him - Miss
Blow and the rest are quite well. We are going to have
a great wedding here. I am sure you would never guess
who it is. Two old friends of yours - To keep you no longer
in suspense, Margaretta Bowden and Doctor Tom are
going to get buckled together on Thursday the 8th of June.
Jane Ellen is to be one the bridesmaids. there are to be
six Miss Allen Miss McKibbin The Misses [IGuener?] Sarah
Anne Bowden & Jane Ellen. I think that two thirds of the town
will be in the meeting house on that day. Jane Ellen will
write & give you a description of it. They are to be
married about 12 o'clock, there is to be a lunch afterwards.
George Bowden is home from Glasgow with an M.D. stuck
to his name It is said that he and Miss Allen are
to be married after sometime. Maria McCleery [William's wife?]
was over. Last Wednesday we were over in Mr McCleery's for tea
and of course you and Tom Warnock were on the carpet.
Maria is leaving Mr [Mackies?] at August I think. They
are expecting letters from William from Trieste every day.
I suppose you saw by the papers sent you an account of the
disturbance in Dublin. Three of the principal leaders Mr
Mitchell Mr Meagher & Mr Smith O'Brien were tried for sedition.
The jury could not agree about the two latter but Mr
Mitchell is transported for fourteen years. He is the
son of a Unitarian clergyman from Newry. Mary Ann Seed it
is said, is going to be married to a Mr Walmsley of Mourne
in a month or two. I believe it is quite true. We came
down from Dunadry in the train with Uncle Matthew His
young daughter must be a most extraordinary wain. It
can do things (by all accounts) that would be wonderful
in a common child twice the age. It must be a prodigy
sure enough. Miss Margaret Warnock is better, she and
Mamma and your three sisters are turned gooseberry
sellers. We sold 16 quarts yesterday out of Mr Gelston's
old garden where the schoolhouse is to be built; the
bushes are loaded and we thought we might as well make
a few shillings to help to raise the money for building.
Uncle William bid me tell you that you promised to send
a newspaper to him now & again but he supposed you have
forgotten. Margaret Orr is quite well, Miss Pollock is
got quite frail. I think she will not be long alive.
Margaret desired to be remembered to you. Will you be
able to get bathing in Chicago. I suppose the weather
is warm there by this time. The last month has been
very fine & warm here. They [the?] farmers about this
have a great many potatoes planted. They look very
well for so far. I hope they will not be blighted
this year. We are rising [raising?] very nice ones every day
I believe we got them from Mr James Warnock. Do you
get any? Isabella Filson is quite well & looks well.
Mary is still at Miss Morris's school in Ardglass.
All the rest of your friends in Portaferry are well.
Dr. Tom will be once more off the list of beaux.
John McCleery will soon be the only one. I saw
Robert very often in Belfast and met James & Hamilton
once or twice. They are all alive & thriving. Among
other weddings I believe Isabella Dalzell of Glasgow
is to be married in time but I forget who it is too
[Surely to the Rev. Malcolm Orr, brother of the Rev.
John Orr, the writer's father (Taken From Transcript)?]
Now I think my dear John I have given you a true and full
account of what is going on in the green isle. Mamma was
rather disappointed that you did not say more about your
business in your last letter. She is very anxious to hear
how you are succeeding and if according to your expectations.
She wishes to know if you attend public worship every Sabbath.
We thought it rather strange that you did not say whether Tom
Warnock went to Chicago or not as he mentioned in his letters
home that he intended to go. If he is with you give
him the love of all here. Mrs Walsh Mrs Donnan & Mrs
McKibbin and all your friends unite with us in love
to you.
Fare well for the present Your attached sister