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Title: Maggie Black, of Chicago, to her sister Susan Hall in Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlack, Maggie/30
SenderBlack, Maggie (n. Hall)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationLoughgall, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientHall, Susan
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD2041/Bundle 13: From the papers of Thimas Hall, Loughgall, County Armagh, Solicitor; purchased from J. A. Gamble, Esquire, 44 Taun Avenue, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310469
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 15:10:1993.
Word Count1041
Transcript342 Winchester Av [Avenue?]
25th June 90 [1890?]

My dear Susan
I believe it is your turn now, but I am not going to
promise you a very long letter as the heat is something
dreadful these days and consequently I am not in the best of
order for writing. The past week it has been so hot I can do
with very little extra clothing. I can assure you the
pespiration [perspiration?] never never dries on me &
for all that I am fatter than when I left home, the children
feel it greatly too. It appears it is warmer this season than
it has been for two or three years. I suppose you will get
used to it "like the man & the hanging!!"
I had a letter from Mrs. Patterson & two papers
from George Lawson on Saturday & a letter from Mrs.
S. Wilson to-day. Tom had a letter from Jack Stevenson too.
Mrs. Wilson told me Sam has got an appointment on the
Commission [the Land Commission?] & that his father
has resigned. Dada should try for the next appointments, are
they not made about August? He could only fail at the worst &
it would be worth an effort - but of course he knows
The children are gone to a surprise party to-night. The
[They?] all assembled in this house (about 20) & then
marched to the house for whom it has been got up. It is such
a funny proceeding. Every one seems to enjoy it very much.
About a week ago, they asked me if they might all meet here,
so of course I said yes. You would be surprised how many
friends the youngsters have already. They don't fret much at
any rate. We had a visit from Willie Sloane & Miss
Burke on Sunday last they spent from about 2 o'clock till
[until?] 7. Miss Burke gave us a very pressing invitation for
Thursday. However we thought it better not to go for a week
or two yet. It is fully 8 miles from where we live &
so many of us travelling at once (she wants us all to go)
costs a good deal, as we must take the train to it &
we do not want to spend a cent we can possibly avoid.
When our dollars become more numerous we shall be able to
go about more I guess!! We spend such pleasant Sundays. We
cook our dinner partly on Saturday evg [evening?] &
can all go to church which begins at half-past 10 o'clock. We
remain for S.S.[Sabbath School?] & are home about
half-past 1 o'cl [o'clock?] then have dinner &
generally go for a walk, if not too hot. Tea about 5 oc
[o'clock?] & spend the time in various ways until

half-past 7 o'c [o'clock?] when we start for church again. We
can walk to it in 15 minutes. We are home again about 9. This
is the way we have spent most of the Sundays since we came!
There are a great many non church goers in the city, however,
too many spend the day in driving "baseball" & other
questionable ways. Still on the other hand there are many
earnest christians. Most of the stores are open, druggists,
saloons etc etc. Street cars are constantly running (they do
not call them tramcars here) you will get the length of the
city for 5 cents & you pay that even if you only go to
the next block.
Lytle was speaking to the gentleman about Tom this
morning & he says he will have an opening for him
either on the 1st or 10th July so I hope he will soon be
earning some money he seems anxious to be doing something.
"Barnum's Show" came to the city yesterday morning &
you may be sure Tom was not far away when it arrived altho'
[although?] it is three miles down to where it is. He saw the
procession & spent most of the day in the locality. He
goes about exploring nearly constantly & knows a good
deal about the ways of things.
I do not think it so strange as I imagined I should. I
would be quite happy if you folk were nearer me, & I
should forget altogether that I was in America, indeed I can
scarcely realize I am sometimes! I am living in hope that
some of you will take a notion & come over here, would
not that be grand!!!
By the time this reaches you I suppose Jessie &
Florrie [Hall?] will be home. They will be in time for the
strawberries! You never saw such miserable wee gooseberries
as they have got here, just for all the world like what used
to grow at the end of Lukes path at the bottom of Eden Hall
hill!!! and 8 cents a quart. There are plenty of raspberries,
blackberries, cherries & peaches plums & everything you could
fancy. Melons & tomatos [tomatoes?] are in too. Such
quantities of things are used! This hot weather people want
something cool.
I daresay when this reaches you Miss Darbyshire will be
with you. If so, give her my kindest regards, & I hope
she will enjoy her visit to "ould Ireland". The young
Andersons are awfully hard on the "Irish" they have no
patience with us, when their Father & Mother &
we are talking over matters that are dear & familiar
to us sometimes they'll rise & leave the room, it's
amusing!! Lytle wishes me to say that "he thinks I treat him
very badly" but I'm sure you won't bilieve [believe?] his
story. I'm better to him than he deserves!!! I'm afraid if

this hot weather continues I'll be melted away! really it is
hard on me. I must bring this to an end or else have to pay
extra & I cannot afford it. I had to pay 20 cents on
Mrs. Wilson's to me & the one Tom got from Jack
Stevenson. I got none from home this week. Don't get lazy!!
With our united & best love to all, hoping all are in
good health (we are all in splendid health notwithstanding
the heat) I am dear Susan
Your fond sister