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Title: William Parke, Petersburg, Va to Mary Parke, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileParke, William/42
SenderParke, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationshop owner
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPetersburg, Virginia, USA
RecipientParke, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1648/4: Copied by Permission of Miss M. Parke, 9 Bridge Street, Banbridge, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9509004
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 13:09:95.
Word Count668
TranscriptPetersburg Monday evening

Dearest, I got back this morning by 4 o'clock, stole into the
house & slept [?] went to Mrs L's breakfast on the table, she said she would be glad to have me there only there were so many. R.D wife & Sisterinlaw [Sister-in-law?] [?] [?] yesterday a whole troop from the country, she went out to day [today?] but asked me to [?] tea I will perhaps go to the latter. I dined at Mrs Farley's, apparently a nice set of people, know [?] [?] [?] [?] saw Lucy passing today, she does not look well & has been sick, the latter did not see any one at the house this morning, heard them moving and talking when I left you & got on deck. I hardly ever saw such hurry & confusion all [one jam?] leading to the gangway, ship officers shouting to people outside not to [break?] down the gangway Ladies, gents, porters & everybody [?] fretting scolding, crushing, & doing every thing [everything?] but what they
wanted - to get in or out - I tried 5 minutes & got 5 steps
found it would not do so got over the side & [?] the gangway & when out found there was not so great need to hurry, would have gone back if there
had not been such confusion, regretted after - I did not when I saw the
vessel move out & the Purser in her who had been on the [Kangaroo?] when I sailed in her called to him to get you a good berth hope he did so he may have forgotten my name [but he knows me?]

went back to the hotell [hotel?], the rascall [rascal?] insisted
on having 100 for your baggage when on [board?] I complained to his
master, he then said he only asked for 75 & had paid the darky I concluded to be satisfied with the latter since when he saw he would [get no more?]

I then went up to Broadway to get John Got things while there
some regiments [of soldiers?] passed down to the Battery garden (where Baby
went to sleep) to receive the [?] & escort them thro' [through?] the City when I got to Dale's office it was nearly vacant [met a?] man going out who
turned back called a clerk & asked how the mistake [occurred?] he said the
number had been changed & that the Purcer [Purser?] had been instructed [to?] make things right on board, so that if he did so your berth was on the other [side?] of the Ladies Cabin & if the Mulatto, I beg her pardon the Creole Lady had taken the under berth I know from her face she made no
difficulty of changing with [you?] or if in the same room being useful to you. I hope to hear that when the [this?] [reaches?] you your health will have improved but I fear that for the sake of [?] any pocket you will have excited yourself too much to get much benefit from the voyage you must not let anything here trouble you so as to [retard?] you in gaining a [stock?] of health I dare say I shall get on very well and your being anxious will do no good: I got A paper of Tilly's with a scrap in it which I would
send you if it were not for some Rank Treason it contains but I suppose I may as well send it as I cannot prevent it now I did not get a letter from Mary you must ask her why Old Dr White is dead I have not yet heard any other news I will write D.V [God Willing?] next week untill [until?] then I remain your
Loving Husband
kiss baby for me love to all
there & at [R?] & Lfield
Yours as ever
Wm [William?]

I will probably send you a rug
for your Mother so say nothing
about it till I write