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Title: Mrs Maggie Black to her sister Adela in Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlack, Maggie/27
SenderBlack, Maggie (n. Hall)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationLoughgall, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientHall, Adela
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD2041/BUNDLE 13: From the papers of Thomas Hall, Loughhgall, County Armagh, Solicitors; purchased from J. A. Gamble Esquire, 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310613
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C McK., 20:10:199
Word Count1275
Transcript18 June 1890

342 Winchester Av. [Avenue?]

18th June 90 [1890?]

My dear Adela
Your very welcome letter yesterday. We are so glad
to get word from the "old country". Mrs. D. Wilson has sent
me the Witness every week since I came & sometimes the
"British Weekly" it is very kind of her. We were glad to find
you all quite well & that Annie had been able to undertake
the journey to England. I hope the change will do her good.
When Tom is there he should take the opportunity of seeing
his mother-in-law!!
You appear to be making great improvements. Did you carry
out my idea about making the large room into a spare bedroom?
You said you had got a new carpet for the spare room but I do
not know which you mean. I am sure the house will look very
nice for the Summer. Had you room for the piano in the
dining room when the side-board and other furniture went in?
I fancy it would crowd it a good deal - I feel interested in
all these things. I thought I should have liked to see them
all arranged before I left, it was rather a funny idea! I am
sure Jessie & Florrie [Hall?] will enjoy their holidays
do they still have the hamper sent them?
Florrie [Black?] had a letter from George Lawson by same mail
as yours to me. He told her of his having been to Eden
Cottage. If Joe is so persistent I think Alice must marry
him to get rid of him!!
It was very sad indeed about Mrs Irwin Scotch st. [street?].
George mentioned it in his letter. I was pleased to find
Dada had been to see Mrs S. Wilson she was a great friend to
me at all times. I wrote as well as Mrs Parson Wilson some
weeks ago. Indeed I should like to write a great many
friends, but you would wonder how the time slips past, when I
wash, iron, bake and do everything else that's to be done in
the house. Then it's so hot some days I do not feel any
energy for much. You would be amused if you saw the cut of
us some times. When Lytle comes in & we have had dinner or
supper over, it's about 7 o'c [o'clock?]. We betake
ourselves out to the porch & sit there in our stocking
soles, he with his coat and vest off & I with as much of
a jacket as will cover me!! It's quite the rule here for the men’

to throw off their coats as soon as they enter their house. Why
Mr Anderson came over here about a week ago (up the street
of course) with no coat on just his pants & vest. One
could not do so in Belfast or Dungannon without being talked of.
I washed yesterday & had nothing but my chemise &
skirt on & even so was almost parboiled! but it was nice
& cool about 8 o'clo [o'clock?] at night. It is cooler
here where we live than down town as there are some open spaces
about the suburbs.
We have an advertisement in to-days News about our rooms. I
wish we had them let, as we can do without them & what
they would make would help to reduce the rent, which has to be
paid monthly & beforehand. Tom has not got into work yet.
He is getting tired going about . Mr. Rodgers (the gentleman
who has a position in prospect for him) has been East for
some weeks but is to be home this week sometime. He is the
superintendent of our S.S. [Sabbeth School?]. If Tom were
once earning something & our rooms rented I would feel
easier. I have been so accustomed to doing something towards
keeping house, I fancy I am losing time.
I was at the Ladies Missionary Meeting on Friday in our
church. It is held once a month. The members meet about 11
o'clock & sew or do work of some kind or other until 1
o'clock when there is lunch served after which the lady
president gives a report of work done in the city amongst the
waifs etc etc & missions abroad. Mrs. Meloy read a paper
on mission work amongst women in Egypt. We then dispersed to
our homes about 4 0'clock. It was very pleasant & is a
good way to get acquainted with the people. They are all so kind
to us & such hearty people as they are, not afraid to be
seen talking to you or paying you a little attention! I have
had a good many visitors calg [calling?]. I am about
commencing to return some. A good many of the business class
call after 7 or 8 o'clock in the evg [evening?] & it seems
so homely.
They one & all seems so anxious lest we should be home-sick
or lonely.
Mr. James Anderson is at present in this city from
Pittsburgh. He, Mr & Mrs. David [Anderson?] paid us a
visit last Monday night. The Andersons are the only people whom
I have met from Ireland Yet. Willie Sloan & Miss Burke sent
word they were coming to see us, but have not got our length

I did call to pay Mrs Trimble her account, but she was out
or laid up the man said. So I promised to call the day
before I left town. You know it was late when we got in from
Eden Cottage & I had so much to do & was so worried
I never thought of her. Besides I had no idea that some of the
accounts which I did pay were so large until I came to settle
them. I am sure for some time I cannot send it to her, as
with getting furnished & settled here, we will be pretty
hard pressed for a little. We paid partly for the furniture at
the time we got it and the balance to be paid inside the
year. I am just making things go as far as I can & having
no extras in food or anything else until I see my way to afford
more but I am not afraid for the future, if we were once
right started, & I have no doubt but that will be all right.
Now I am sure you think I am still filling my letters about
myself & family, but you see I have not much else to write
Oh I hope you had nothing to pay on my letters? I had 10
cents to pay on yours & it had been opened into the bargain.
I have not been able to get thinner paper yet. I intend to
have them weighed in future.
I have not seen Margaret for a week. There are two married
sons, doctors, of the lady she is with on a visit, so I
expect she has more to do these days. She says she would not
like to live in Ireland again. Except Florrie, any one whom
I have met since I came says the same. Of course they would
like to go on a visit, but not to live. I won't give you my
mind on the matter just yet!!
Now I must close hoping all are continuing well & doing well
as we Americans get the credit of saying!! With much love to
Dada Mama & all the others I am dear Adela

your loving sister

P.S. I have just taken my batch out of the oven five loaves.
I bake every alternate day.