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Title: William Parke, Virginia to Mary Parke, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileParke, William/25
SenderParke, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationshop owner
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPetersburg, Virginia, USA
RecipientParke, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1648/8: Copied by Permission of Miss M. Parke, 9 Bridge Street, Banbridge, Co. Down
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9509005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 13:09:95.
Word Count1481
TranscriptJuly 26th 1860

My dearest Mary
I got yours of the 2nd
on Friday 20th I was looking out so anxiously
for it you can hardly imagine what
pleasure it gave me before I got the
Cork paper (2 days [previous?]) I was quite [alarmed?]
about your silence and would have telegraphed
if I could, to learn what was the matter
it must have been negligence in the person
to whom you gave the paper as two [steamers?]
left there before it did, and I think both
of them Mail steamers. I am quite puzzled to
know how American Mails are handled now
in Ireland it seems they come by 4 [different?]
routes your letter came by Derry the [?]
Derry & Galway Steamer Carry the Mails
alternately and they have two steamers
from Cork every week so that makes
3 American mails each week but how
they are regulated I cannot say
I am in the dark on this side too
My Darling Wife it gives me almost as
much pleasure to hear you are enjoying
your friends as if I were there myself
If I had been with you I don't think
you would have gone the whole distance
in one day, it was too great a risque [risk?]
but God be praised He gave you strength
to bear the fatigue when you found
it so late I wonder you did not stop
in Armagh but I suppose you could not
do it so near [home?], it would be [no rest?]
it was enough to frighten the wits out of
some of them to be waked up and find two
such queer folk in the [house?]. I know
dear Wife you had grown thin & oldlooking
some months before you left and that
was why I was so willing you should
go back to your native air to get [recovered?]
I did not mind your taking Son so much
you know I could not have kept him
I cannot say I missed him much, indeed I
took you both being away quite cooly
untill [until?] I expected to hear from you
and now since I have heard you are
both doing so well I mean to enjoy
myself like any batchelor [bachelor?] and who
knows but I may forget that I have
a Wife & wean [wee one?] unless you kick my
memory jogged pretty often but perhaps
you will not give me time to forget
you know some persons told you before
you went that you would be more
anxious to come back than to go so
just say when you want to come
and how and I will either send
you a ticket or the money, (by the by
tho [though?] I mentioned it in the last papers
I gave you only 6£ when going so that
you could not have lost any do
you get 2 papers a week? I send 2 every
week except once when I sent a letter a
week after you left. I hope you get
them all as there was some contraband
in each, & if you got them all your [question?]
would be answered. I have been boarding
at Mrs Farley's since I got back and I
set the house from the 1st July at the same
rent I pay. I occupy part of John Glenn's room
I sold some of the furniture as I mentioned
tho [though?] perhaps too low but I had no room
for them & moving about damages so much
by watching auctions we will be able to get
better ones as cheap when we want them
when the weather gets a little cooler
I must begin to look about for a
house on the outskirts of the city
I get along pretty comfortably in the
store, take things quietly & don't fuss
myself about them. Bob [Robert?] had an
altercation with his Uncle a few days
since about his extravagance he got
very mad offered to sell any thing [anything?] he had
at half price to raise money & swore he
would not be here on Monday, but when
it came he was "thar" as large as life
& quiet as a mouse. You must have had
a poor time of it on sea with your limited
room but as you had a berth it would
be useless to write to the agents about
the want of comfort any person trying
the 2 Cabin of the Cunard Line will find
the accommodation worse in every respect
I saw a good many of your friends dearest
since I got your letter and they all seem
to be very glad to hear of your improvement
particulary Mrs [McClery?] & family, [aunt?] Lucy
& Mrs Gardiner also Mrs Lynch, [?] [?] they all
desire as much love sent as can be
contained in a letter. Lucy says she
misses you very much so does Mrs Gardiner
Lizzie is still delicate tho' [though?] able to go
out Kate is well, Alice midling [middling?] they
do not like their neighbours, Hariet [Harriet?]
has got over her fits & is nearly as well
as usual. Cousin Lizzie brought home
Hugh Caperton's corpse from some of
his friends in the Mountains yesterday
he wrote her 10 days since to send some
clothes to him as he was going to ride
with a cousin through some of the
Middle States. the next letter was
from a Dr [Doctor?] for her to hurry up as
he had a bad fever & was raving
about her. I have not heard whether
she saw him alive or no this has
been a very sickly [season?] all through
"Little Brother" is tolerable, his bowels trouble
him, he cannot attempt to walk yet.
I fancy I can see Robert running about the
grass plot in front has he found his way
under the gooseberry bushes yet? You
recollect the conditions on which I
would consent to his staying with
his Grandma's you did not mention
whither [whether?] there was any prospect of its
accomplishment don't fail to tell me
dear if there is any prospect of any thing [anything?]
"falling in your lap" this year what
sort of an answer did you give to
Mary's challange? I suppose you
will have seen her before you get
this, how soon does she expect it?
what does [Amy?] think of Matrimony now
her reasons for hastening the catastrophy
were very cogent and so like her
that I was quite [convinced?] reading her
letter. I hope she never will have
any cause to regret the step she
has taken, give her & her other half
[?] [best wishes?] [?] their continued happiness
I wonder what sort of a conscience Tilly
has, she begins by thanking me for sending
you, and in the next breath says she means
to keep you now that she has you, dare
say she will plead possession being
nine points of the law, she says I
may come if I want you but what would
she do with me if she had me there
I would only have to turn round & come
back as I have not made my fortune yet
but I hope there is a good time coming
I fear you will have a famine of turnip
if nothing else there this year as your
father had some planted when youngest
there there were some apprehensions of
short crops of oats & wheat some
time since but I have not seen so
much in late accounts our harvest
has been a very abundant one except
in some of the Southern States where
the corn & nearly every green thing has
been burned up for want of rain
we are having refreshing showers
nearly every day weather pleasant about 90
The Great Eastener's expected at Norfolk
on Sunday, but I shall not see her unless
she stays longer than next morning as
it is said she will. I don't know
dear if I have omitted any thing [anything?] you
would care to hear if I have you
must remind me of it now let me
beg of you dearest to set your mind
quite at rest about me. I shall
do very well while I hear such
good accounts from you untill [until?] your
visit terminates when I will enjoy you
& son all the more from having been
without you you know I am no
stranger here and ought to be able
the take care of myself now.
give my love to your Father Mother
Tilly the boys & all friends, kiss son
for me & let me hear from you
often, tell Robert to write me
I would be glad to hear from any
of them that think enough of me
to spend time writing. May God
preserve you dearest Wife untill [until?]
you come back in health & renewed
strength to your affectionate & loving
Husband Wm [William?] Parke