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Title: Rev. John Orr, Portaferry, to John M. Orr, [Chicago?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileOrr, Revd John/96(2)
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 2 GD.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9702060
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 31:01:97.
Word Count395
TranscriptPortaferry 31 May 1848

My dear John,
I have looked over Margaret's letter, and I
think she has nicely filled the budget and left me
very little to say. At the time Jane Ellen and she
were in Belfast, your grandmother had another severe
attack but recovered from it pretty well. I have
heard since that she is rather delicate, but she is
now in her 87th year. I saw Mr Warnock this morning
in the shop. He looks wonderfully well, but he was
regretting that James had not recovered so well as he
expected. I think he does not agree too well with the
constant confinement in the shop. James was telling me
the other evening that his father was the stoutest one
of the family and could drink more punch than he could
now do. I think I mentioned in my last that Andw. [Andrew?]
McDonnell was still living. He is living yet and
Dr. Filson is beginning to think that he may [stained]
[stained] [stained] I am happy to say he has reasonably
well. Much better than for some years previously. He has
renewed his strength and appearance. The [Rokralass?]
are now sadly down in spirits about Mitchell's conviction
though Smith O'Brien & Meagher escaped from their juries
not being unanimous. I intend sending you a Banner or
the Whig of yesterday giving an account of the trial,
whichever I can procure. I see at the conclusion of
Margaret's letter, one or two requests for intelligence
which I intended making myself - which I hope you will
give. Poor Thomas Maxwell! He was only home five days when
he died. But the letters and testimonials which he brought
from the clergyman whose Church he attended in New York were
most gratifying and consolatory, and showed that his hope
was fixed on a true foundation. He was out of bed and
had his clothes on a good part of Saturday & died at
3 o'clock on the Sabbath morning. It is a heavy stroke on
his Father. This day last year I wrote to you the first
letter since you left home - Since that time God has
afflicted us - sustained [stained] [---ained?] us -us loved
the sick to heal, and I trust has blessed [stained] make us
thankful. May he greatly bless you
Your Father John Orr

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