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Title: Andrew Porter, Cortwright, New York, to Robert Porter, Newry, Co.Down.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePorter, Andrew/16
SenderPorter, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarm labourer
Sender ReligionProb. Protestant
OriginCortwright, New York, USA
DestinationNewry, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientPorter, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1152/3/10: Presented by Charles Best, Mullaghglass, Bessbrook, Co.Armagh.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9503133
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 21:03:1995.
Word Count702
TranscriptTo: [Robert porter?]
[Co. Down?]

From: Andrew Porter
Cortwright [?],
New York State,

Cortwright [?] July 3 1855

Dear Brother
I now sit down to adres [address?] these few
lines hoping the [they?] will find you all as well as the
[they?] leave us in at preasent [present?] thanks be to God
for his mercies top us unworthy creaturs [creatures?] I
received your letter of the 25 Febuary [February?] on the 2 of
April which made us sorry to hear of my father and Mother's
illness and I hope you wil [will?] excuse me for not writing
sone [sooner?] but I sent a letter to William Alexander McNeilly as
he was going west and would go through ther [there?] and I
still expected a letter from him but he eith [either?] dos
[does?] not think worth while writing or he has not got any of
my letter as i [I?] have sent 3 of them but I spose [suppose?]
he is like the rest of my friends dos [does?] not
think me worthy of one but thank God I can live without
hearing from them you are all the one ever I got a letter from
now my mother wants to now [know?] ho [who?] took care of Jane
when she was ill we were in Aunt Gibsons at that time but she
got up the three days and she never was better than since but
she says when we got rich that she will go haam [home?]
again you may tell hir [her?] that sarah Ann and mary Margaret
are both well and little Sarah can talk plane [plain?] and the
young one has got blue eyes and she is like her as two eggs we
[calls?] him that is uncle Andrew and we are within 2 short
miles of it our sacrament was on the 2 sabath [Sabbath?] of
June and we were admited [admitted?] into the felowship
[fellowship?] of the gosple [gospel?] with all the prilileges
of the church. now you say you had 6 week frost there but if
you were hear [here?] [as?] comen [common?] for the snow
comenced [commenced?] the 14 of November and you will wonder
what we be doing that time and so you may say for it very
often frose [froze?] the water in the inside of the house into
a solad [solid?] ice but we get our fireing [firing?] then for
all year and you think chiping [chipping?] fir is great work but
if you were to chop one day hear [here?] you would not mention it
for ichoped [I chopped?] about 100 chord last winter now a cord
is 8 feet long and 4 feet high and that was all twenty inches
long and about 3 inches square for the sto [torn] and i [I?]
may say that was all for my aunt so I think she was verey [very?]
well payed [paid?] as she never gave me thanky [thanks?] for it
Now I am going to tell you my imploy [employ?] now as iam [I am?]
quit working for nothing and in place I left [lift?] up
40 rod of stone wall for William McNeilly at 2s [shillings?] a
rod now and is 5 1/2 yards and it was 3 feet in the
bottim [bottom?] and 4 1/2 high I left [lift?] up from 5 to 6
rod every day so you may count my wages and i [I?] wint [went?]
to a man of the name of John McCelleand i [I?] left [lift?]
up to 37 rod for him at [-?]s/3d per rod in 8 days and i [I?]
am offered 10s per day for haying and i [I?] want a 11s
so you see how wages is hear [here?] and i [I?] may also tell
you that I have 200 Dollars at in trist [interest?] at 7 per
cent as i [I?]thought bitter [better?] to have a little fire
to warm us as a large one to burn for a litle [little?] while
and we are as happy as the days long as we peace and
plenty thant God write as son [soon?] as possible and direct
to cortwritght [?] senter [center?] for A.P. [Andrew Porter?] now
[no?] more at presant [present?] but remains your A.P.
[Andrew Porter?] excuse my hand as the [they?] are sore