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Title: Rev. John Orr, Portaferry, to John M. Orr, Chicago, U. States.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileOrr, Revd John/91
SenderRev. John Orr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationclergyman
Sender ReligionProtestant
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.9702159
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 10:02:97.
Word Count493
TranscriptPortaferry, January 11th 1848.

My Dear John,

I was no little annoyed when I
went to the Post Office on 31st Dec. and found
that I was too late to overtake the American
Mail as the Packet was to sail from Liverpool
on the 1st instead of the 3rd of the month as formerly.
The Whig contributed to confirm in me my mistake
as the day before I read that the mail was made
up on the 3rd of the month. The days of sailing
now are every alternate Saturday for the
months of Jan & Feb & March and after that
every Saturday for Boston & New York alternately
and they leave America on the corresponding days
I felt cosiderably on your account as you
will neither get letter nor newspaper by that
Mail and may imagine that something
is wrong at home which we are unwilling
to communicate. I am happy to say
we are all in our usual health. We
were all disappointed in not receiving
from you by the last Mail either letter
or Newspaper - I was expecting an
acknowledgement of my letter of the
30th October.
Though we are in our usual health here yet
influenza has been very prevalent, scarcely a
family escaping. There was tremendous
coughing in the Meeting House last Sabbath
and not more than two thirds of the usual
congn [congregation?] Mrs Welch has had it but is
recovering Dr. Chermside and Mr & Mrs Bowden etc,
etc Mrs Moreland opposite this house, died rather
suddenly last week. She was going about
as usual on Monday and died on Thursday
morning. A sad occurrence took place
at the shore on New Year's night - Charles
McVea of Dissy who lived for a time in
James Moreland's and some others went
to Blind Andy's, the Fiddler, to dance.
McVea was drunk, or nearly so and quarreled
with the fiddler about a tune - a scuffle
ensued and the fiddler stabbed him
twice with a pen knife in the lower
part of the belly. He died in about 30
hours after. The fiddler has been com-
mitted to gaol, to be tried at the assizes.
I am sorry to say that Mrs Henderson's
son John has turned out very badly
he is to be tried at the assizes for stealing
a horse. It appears that he went to some
Scotchman near Castlewellan, acquainted
with his Father, to borrow a horse as he said
his Mother was just dying; the man had not
one himself but borrowed one for him
and instead of returning him, he sold
horse, saddle and bridle and [-erted?] the
cash. So much for teaching boys by
example, to drink and gamble.
Margaret had a letter from Mary McCleery
from Belfast yesterday; they have been
all ill of Influenza and Mrs McCleery in
bed, and had been so for a week.
Hoping that the next mail may bring
us a letter from you, containing
good news.

I am
Dear John,
Your affectionate Father

John Orr.