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Title: Margaret Orr, Portaferry, to John M. Orr, [Chicago?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileOrr, Margaret/99
SenderOrr, Margaret
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
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.9702155
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 10:02:97.
Word Count477
Transcript[This letter is attached to and crosswritten
on the letter from Jane Ellen Orr to John M. Orr
dated 27:11:1847?]

November 29
My dear John
We often wonder if Chicago is colder than
it is here. You must tell us in your next letter as we
would all like very much to know. I left school in
November Miss Fetherstone intends leaving Portaferry
at February and going to live in Belfast. Her brother,
she says, will not allow her to keep school any longer.
Mrs Thomas Gelston is on the look out for another
husband. She says she cannot [do?] [any?] longer without
someone to protect her. James McComb and she see all
the [Jacksons?]. All Jane Ellen's friends are advising
her to go to America on speculation. Do you think she
could make any thing by it. I hear young ladies are very
scarce in [America?] [stained] [stained] [stained].
Miss [stained] of Strangford has got married to old
Captain Hopkins, who I suppose you know is old enough
to be her [stained] father. Jane Ellen spent her
Halloween in [Corbally?]. She burned a [sprig?] of
nuts for you, but you were too far away to send the
ashes to. We have never got the Farina sold yet there
it remains up in the loft and we are all tired looking
at it. Micky McMullan has got a young brother who has
two nephews both older than himself. He is all the go
now that [Simon?] Watson of Tullynacree is going
to be married to the youngest of the Miss Lawsons-
We are lifting potatoes yet our own were not rotten
but very soft. However we got [five?] hundred of
elegant ones from Mrs Bowden [stained] Uncle Malcolms
are going this year. But the crop in general is much
better than it was last winter. Miss Margaret Warnock
is home from Scotland, her health is improving. She
says if you do as well as she wishes you you will be
very fortunate indeed. All your friends here [stained]
always making [stained] enquiries about you and send
their kind love, regards, [stained] respects and
what not. Mrs Walsh, Mrs Donnan, and Mrs McKibbin
especially. Miss Harrison has left Mrs Maxwell's and
Charlotte has gone to a boarding school in Belfast.
Are you pleased with your lodgings, do you get everything
comfortable. Tell us all the news about it in your next.
My mother wishes to know if you could get a small sketch
of Chicago to send to us as we would all like to see the
picture of the place where you have taken up your abode.
Do you think it would be a good idea for Margaretta Bowden
to go out next Chicago. I think there is little prospects
of her succeeding here. I hear Jane Ellen is soon to be
married but I don't believe it. I must now conclude
this elegant epistle to good [byes?] [for?] [the?]
[present?] & I [remain?] [----?] your attached sister