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Title: Maggie Black, Chicago, USA to Adela [Hall?], Loughgall, Co Armagh.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlack, Maggie/70
SenderBlack, Maggie (n. Hall)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationLoughgall, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientHall, Adela
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2041/13: Purchased from J.A. Gamble Esq., 44 Taunton Ave., Belfast 15.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9403031
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:03:1994.
Word Count1207
TranscriptTo Adela [Hall?]
[Eden Cottage?],
Loughall [Loughgall?],
[County Armagh?],

From: Maggie Black (nee Hall),
342 Winchester Avenue,
October 23 1890

342 Winchester Ave [Avenue?]
23rd October 90 [1890?]

My dear Adela
Your nice long letter received yesterday.
How many old country papers do you think did
we receive by same mail do you think (sic)
only seven so we have enough reading for the
week at any rate!!
I was awfully sorry to hear of poor Mrs
Connor's death you cannot imagine how much
I felt and do feel about it I wonder what
was the cause of her death when you hear let
me know. she was such a big strong girl when
she lived at Eden Cottage So Tommy Hall is
to be married at last. I do hope he will be
wise in the future if not I should pity his
wife let us hope for the best anyhow.
I have often thought of Mary Hall since
I came here she is a very foolish girl to
remain where she is except it be on Uncle
Jerry's account look at Margaret here with
3 dollars a week and a much easier time of
it than poor Mary. there is no doubt of it
folk have to be up much earlier than at
home but then their work is done much
earlier & you can go to bed almost as early
as you like she has to rise at 5 o'c
[o'clock?] where she is now. I was telling
her the last evening she was in that I would
have had [some?] trouble to get her up at
seven in Dungannon. I am up every morning
except sabbath at 10 past five & don't seem
to mind it very much now. I used to go back
to bed & take a "nod" after I got Tom
started but since these gentlemen came I do
not as they go out to breakfast at 1/2 past
6 & are in again a little after 7 so I just
have time to have their rooms settled
before they return. they are out from 9 to
12 and from 2 to 4 or 5 (these latter are
the hours they are at the College) of
course they go to lunch & to dinner. they
are nice quiet young men I have had more to
since they has to get a fire in their room.
we got a stove put up in another room next
theirs this evening which we hope will heat
most of the house. Lytle and Mr Cameron put
it themselves they are not like the stoves
used at home are more of an ornamental kind
and most of the folk do not allow them go
out (sic) all winter night or day. They are
cleaner in a room than of fire __
every one seems to be preparing for cold
weather and getting things in readiness for
Winter. I hope it will be mild. The coal
that are (sic) in the stoves here are quite
different from any we used at home, they
are called hard chestnut coal & are very
small & difficult to light but are more
lasting. they are 6 1/2 dollars per ton.
soft coal, that is the kind used at home
are not so expensive about 3 1/2 or 4 dolls
[dollars?]. I cannot imagine why they keep
up such a heat in the houses, it's no
wonder they feel chilly and have to wrap up
so when they go out of doors. I was at Mrs
Meloys on Friday and I was nearly sick her
room was so awfully warm if I can help it _
The homes are so differently furnished here
and now that the weather has changed they
have got heavy chenille curtains drawn
across the doors and windows and they look
rather cosy. I confess we have not gone in
for any of these extras yet they all mean
dollars!! and they are not so plentiful esp
[especially?] up to the present. the
commonest people here have far more taste
for keeping their houses neat than the same
class at home and they have more inducement
as all these things can be got on time why
you can even buy lace curtains & any other
quality at so much cents per week!! and in
this way many are possessed of nice
articles for home decoration, who could not
have otherwise. it is a temptation too.
Edna is home from school to-day with
toothache she has had it a good deal of
late. Florries's knee is all right again
and Tom is working away as usual. he is as
great a favourite here with any who know
him as he was at home. I hope he will grow
up a good man I think he is taller than his
papa now. seems all legs like a young
colt!! I had a bad cold for three or four
weeks but am better of it. I still got it
renewed after wash day but I escaped this
week Lytle was threatening to get in a woman
to do the washing but that would mean a
dollar & a half and her board and [giving]
it out would be worse. it's very expensive
to get any charwork done here and they are
so saucey & so hard to get. I hope I shall
be able to continue to do it myself once the
the print dresses and white shirts are put
past it won't be so heavy __
We are to have a grand concert here in
our church on Friday week 31st Mrs Wilson
sent me a programme for one in connection
with 1st Dungannon it was to be last
Tuesday. Mrs Kennedy was to appear will she
ever retire from the stage do you think? We
shall be very glad to see T. Cherry when he
comes this length & hope he will be able to
tell us lots of news of you all. None of
you mentioned Miss Derbyshire lately. I
thought matters would have been one way or
other before now. no word of any of you
committing matrimony? is it not time? or
are you waiting for Americans? If you were
once here I think you should like it. I do
I know, altho' [although?] I have pretty
close work and bad pay. I sometimes
threaten to leave if they don't pay me
better. Lytle & Tom tell me I get all they
earn & what do I do with it. I tell them
they only lend it to me for it disappears
somehow very quickly!! there is one
blessing however if we have but little we
have but little we are happy & that's
something to be thankful for. Now this is
a rambling letter with very little in it
but I suppose it's better than none. Has
Mamma begun to get her finery ready yet for
her trip here? I am often wishing the time
were come when I could see some of you it's
a pity the fare is so much out here.
Florrie did not send her photo yet. they
are not very expensive here you can get a
[day?] cabinet for a dollar. now I will
cease for this week & hope you are well not
forgetting Martha. With love to all I am
your loving sister