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Title: William Parke, Petersburg, Virginia, to his Wife.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileParke, William/32
SenderParke, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationshop owner
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPetersburg, Virginia, USA
RecipientParke, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1648/17: Copied by Permission of Miss M.Parke, 9 Bridge St., Banbridge, Co. Down. #TYPE EMG William Parke, Petersburg, Virginia to his Wife [Ireland] 8th Oct. 1860.
ArchivePublic Record Office N.Ireland.
Doc. No.8810073
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log19:10:1988 LT created 06:12:1988 pg input 05:01:19
Word Count448
TranscriptPetersburg Oct 8th 1860.
My own dearest wife for some reason or other
I have been sadly dissapointed [disapointed?] in not hearing from you more
than a week, I hope it was from some fault in the mails & not received
by sickness & that I will hear some time this week, but even if I do not
get a letter now, it will be too late for you to get an answer & unless
you state you do not intend starting before the 30th I will hardly send
you another letter. I had one from Mary on Saturday written 18th Sept, it
came by Derry & was not much later than your paper of the 13 which I got
9 days before she did not say she had had any later news of you than what
you mentioned she said she expected to send you some money & you will
have to draw on the kindness of some of your friends to lend you some
more untill [until?] I can send, which will be as soon as I know the
amount. I have very little news since Thursday when I sent my last
the weather has been changeable since from wet to fine & warm to cool &
today a most beautiful warm morning turned to thunderstorms & still warm
[Hervey?] is still sick tho' [though?] improving slowly he has been very
sick [Stom?] was sick all last week but is better & out today all your
friends as far as I know are well, Mrs Munnis presented her husband
with a son & heir on Saturday. John Hops sent me a note today asking me to
engage Mr Miller to Marry him, both the parsons are leaving town & they were afraid they would have to get Munnis' brother-in-law to perform the ceremony for them but Miller will be back in time for the 16th. I hope dearest when you get this that you Tilly and Robert Henry will be ready to come by next steamer and that you will not feel the parting very keenly, it may not be long before we all go back if it be Gods will to so order it, & if otherwise we must submit, be sure & take good care of yourself dear keep
yourself warm and dry I need not tell you to take care of Robert, I know
you will do that even if you neglect yourself give my love to all your dear
family, tell them to write often and now dearest this may be the last
untill [until?] we meet, May God watch over & take care of you by the way
is the prayer of your loving husband.