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Title: Maggie Black, Chicago to Thomas Hall, Armagh.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlack, Maggie/68
SenderBlack, Maggie (n. Hall)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationLoughgall, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientHall, Thomas Sr
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 2041/13: Purchased from J. A. Gamble Esq., 44 Taunton Avenue, Belfast 15
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9311002
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C McK., 02:11:199
Word Count1031
TranscriptTo: Thomas Hall,
Eden Cottage,
Loughall [Loughgall?],
County Armagh,

From: Maggie Black (nee Hall),
342 Winchester Avenue,

342 Winchester Av [Avenue?]
Chicago, 16th Oct 1890

My Dear Dada
Please excuse the note paper but I am quite out this
morning and as it is raining heavily I do not care to go for
Well we were glad to get your letter on Tuesday morg
[morning?] not five minutes before the postman came I said to
Florrie I wonder if grandpa is never going to write me when
Edna came with the letter she said "speak of angles [angels?]
and you will hear their wings" but if that were true we should
have a letter or see some of you every day at some time or
other we are talking about you or the others -- we so often
talk & speculate about Mama & you coming to see us & just at
breakfast this morg [morning?] we were planning how you & she
could best avoid being as tired as we were coming from New
York. We have decided it will be for you (sic) only to travel
by daylight & rest at night & so break the long railway
journey!! I suppose you have not these matters arranged for
yourselves yet but you see we are not so slow!! We are glad to
know that gaunt famine is not staring you in the face as
regards potatos [potatoes?] 3 [d?] per st [stone?] does not
look like famine prices, you never heard such a cry out as
there is here about poor Ireland & its woes we are so often
asked about many things concerning it they seem to know
nothing except this papers (sic) & too often the reports given
cannot be relied on I often wish I had you to refer some of
the folk to for an answer they seem to be in sympathy with the
Irish people but have no great love for British rule they
consider it such an extravagant thing to keep up the Queen
Royal family and her court--
I hope you shall be able to dispose of all your stock of
cattle to advantage. If we have to pay for potatoes &

vegetables we can get meat from 8 cents per lbs up
indeed we got some corned beef as low as 5 cents so putting
one thing against another we can live cheap enough as regards
food. I got some tea yesterday at 16 cents per lb!
Lytle brought me a sample to try from Mr Peterson's and I find
it as good as what I have been paying 40 & 50 cents for of
course it is at cost price to Mr Peterson his profit and his
customers has to be added before it would come my way were I
to buy it at any of the stores --
after a little we mean to get our flour oatmeal tea & some
other groceries direct from the
[next page of letter missing]
to have him [and?] he was anxious to hear our mind on the
matter he wanted to keep Tom as he says he is an awfully good
boy!! we at once decided to let him remain where he is. he will
get a rapid promotion and be better looked after than any other
we know in the city at present besides Mr Rodgers is a
christian man & member of our church superintendent of S.S.
[Sabbath School?] &c and we prefer having Tom
under his influence Tom wants to stay with him too it is very
satisfactory to find he is giving his employer satisfaction &
I know you will be pleased to hear this report of him I hope he
will not disappoint any of our hopes in a large city like this
it is no easy matter for young people to escape the snares &
temptation that are every step almost. God's grace however
gives strength and protection & I trust he shall have that to
shield him--
we all need it as well as he! Now I have written such a lot &
still seem not satisfied not having written myself last week I
fancy it's a long time & so much I want to say Och I wish I
could get talking instead of writing! Florrie's knee is better
she is at school this week. I am better of my cold too. I was
very poorly all last week & was getting low spirited but feel
all right these days. We shall soon have to prepare for winter
we must put a stove in the room the gentlemen are in. it is all
stoves they use here we have only one grate in our house a
great many of the houses are heated by furnaces in basement
(sic) of house the hot air passes thro' [through?] gratings in
the floors and causes such a nice comforrtable warmth all thro'
[through?] this is not heated in this way so we shall have to
get one or two stoves. it will make it expensive for this
winter but it seems they cannot be done without. if you saw all
he men here on a wet day with their "rubbers" on as they call
those gutta-percha overshoes we used to wear in winter they
have everything to suit the seasons & strong gloves on

teamsters & milkmen are well protected from the weather. all
wear such light shoes
Mr Anderson is away since last week travelling in Michigan Mrs
A [Anderson?] was over on Friday he & she are very friendly
with us but we do not impose ourselves on them much we try to
do as much as possible for ourselves. The Dobsons never called
on me. I think it rather strange Lytle sometimes sees Mr Dobson
but we do want for friends even tho' [though?] they do not call
I really must stop except I send a regular "newspaper". Thanks
for "News Letter" we were glad to get it. I hope all are well
tell the girls that any bits of gossip are thankfully received
by us from the old country. please give our united love to all
and we hope all are well & are doing well like us Americans!!
I am dear Dada your loving daughter