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Title: Maggie Black, Chicago, to her father Thomas Hall
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlack, Maggie/54
SenderBlack, Maggie (n. Hall)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationLoughgall, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientHall, Thomas Sr
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2041/Bundle 13: From the papers of Thomas Hall, Loughall, County Armagh, solicitor; purchased from J.A. Gamble, Esquire, 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310523
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 15:10:1993.
Word Count747
Transcript342 Winchester Av [Avenue?]
18th Sept. [September?] 90 [1890?]

My dear Dada
Once more my weekly letter is due and I must give
you the benefit this time! Tom had a letter from "Uncle Tom"
yesterday and we were delighted to see it. We look out so
very anxiously for home news and are dreadfully disappionted
when overdue. I had also a good long one from Rev.
[Reverend?] Mrs.Wilson, she gave me all the recent Dungannon
news. From all accounts the "wee man" (Johnnie Anderson) and
his fast [first?] wife will go a little quieter in future.
Mrs Wilson says Dickson & as he has dissolved partnership & as
he had his account at the bank overdrawn he only gets £500 to
start life afresh!! So you see what ambition leads to sometimes.
I fancy they won't receive much sympathy from the Dungannon
folk. I had a "Courier" from Mrs Sam Wilson, so my friends
have not forgotten me this week. Lytle was looking over the
price of produce in Co [County?] Tyrone and he was glad to
see that potatoes were not famine prices, every one seems to
talk about the threatened potatoe [potato?] famine in Ireland
just now, some say the scare is got up for political purposes.
We are now paying 25 cents per peck. They are not like the
good dry "champions". My two men are hard at work every day.
Trade is beginning to brighten a little better with Lytle. He
is occasionally picking up new customers, who after a little
will add to his commission. The people here use such
quantities of fruit in the warm season that tinned goods &
other groceries are not so much in demand. Melons are from 5
cents up to 25, grapes from 5 cents per lb up, and other fruits
equally reasonable & they use them at every meal almost. Pears
and apples are dearer here than in the old country, 5 cents for
two apples! it seems the crop is smaller this season, blackberries,
cranberries, blaeberries [blueberries?] are all plentiful &
used largely.
Florrie & Edna like going to school, but we find it
hard to get them started with books etc. I had to
get one for Florrie this week which cost a dollar & 85 cents,
and now she wants a German one which will cost a dollar or
more, and Edna has got promoted to a higher grade & the books
she got at starting will be useless, as [at?] least some of
them. However I think I can get them exchanged at the store
without losing very much. All school books are expensive here,
but then there are no fees.
I just wish you could see the school buildings. They
are splendid and so very numerous through the city, but I am

still in hope that you shall one day! The weather is much
cooler these past weeks and we find it much pleasanter. Some
evenings it gets quite chilly but folk seem to provide for the
sudden change with warm wraps. In the mornings you will see
ladies dressed in white and in the evening perhaps in dark
woolen [woollen?] dresses. White is very popular here with old
& young - and ladies older than Mamma wear bangs, (or monkey
fringe!!). Nearly every lady has her "forelock" cut.
I have written Mrs. Keenan & enclosed a letter to John
for her to deliver. I want to try and get into communication
with him.
I was sorry to hear of poor James Baxter's death. That
family did not come to very much after all.
Mr Anderson is still away in Michigan. I don't know
how he has been doing since he left. I think he does not stick
to anything long enough to make it pay. He thinks he should
make $100 a week at the start, & that is not usually done.
Mr. Broomfield called to see us the other evg.
[evening?]. it is pleasant to have a chat with an old country
I suppose you will be quieter now that Miss Darbyshire
has gome home. I mean you won't have so many friends coming. I
hope Mamma, yourself & all the others are quite well our
health has been good since we came except a cold I have for
the last week & it will soon be better I hope. Remember us to
all the friends (they are too numerous to mention) & accept
our united love.
I am dear Dada
your fond daughter