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Title: William Parke, Petersburg to Mary Parke, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileParke, William/23
SenderParke, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationshop owner
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPetersburg, Virginia, USA
RecipientParke, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1648/6: Copied by Permission of Miss M. Parke, 9 Bridge Street, Banbridge, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9403177
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 14:03:1994.
Word Count389
TranscriptJuly 19th 60 [1860?].
I got your paper yesterday Dearest and was very
glad indeed to find you had got so far safe I cannot
account for its being detained a week in Cork, the City
of Balt. [Baltimore?] brought it. I expect a letter tomorrow by the
Africa, hope I will not have to wait as long for it
If you have given a particular statement of your want
of accommodations I will try & make the Agent refund
part of the money obtained on false pretenses, tho' [though?]
that will be a poor compensation for your discomfort
I was getting so anxious at your apparent silence that
I would have telegraphed if I could, but God be
praised He has preserved you [I hope?] to see your
loved & loving friends in health & peace, I don't know
whether I will write next time or no but if I don't
will send a paper, the mails leave Cork every
Sunday & Thursday to meet them you should
post on Tuesday & Friday. I don't mean you should
do it every time, but just when you feel like it
If your native air do as much for you as the sulphur
water has done for me, you will soon be strong
again, I feel very much better than I did when
you left tho' [though?] no fatter (wt. 140 lbs) I can't say I don't
miss you but don't let that interfere with your comfort
try to forget that by anticipating our reunion, there
is no use in looking at the gloomy side of things it will
not mend the matter. I wonder why I did not get a
paper or letter from Tilly she must have heard somehow
that you were going or she would not let two whole
weeks pass without sending. I have not had anything
from Mary since her letter. I owe Alex a paper, which
I will try & pay next mail, all you friends here are
regular in there [their?] enquiries about you. all pretty well,
kiss Robert for me, I will be pretty deep in debt but
hope I will be able to redeem. love to all friends
anticipating a long letter full of good news of
self & family I remain your loving Husband
I fear you travelled too far from Cork without rest.