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Title: William Porter, Chebanse to Robert Porter, Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePorter, William/19
SenderPorter, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginChebanse, Illinois, N.Ireland
DestinationCo. Armagh? N.Ireland
RecipientPorter, Robert L.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1152/3/29: Presented by Mr Charles Best, Mullaghglass, Bessbrook, County Armagh, Ireland.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9011007
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by B.W. 03:12:1993
Word Count1113
TranscriptTo: Robt [Robert?] L. Porter
[Desert, County Down, Ireland?]

Chebanse March 25 1872

Robt [Robert?] L. Porter

Dear Brother
I received your note
last week and I now hast [haste?] to write you a few lines
in answer to your enquiries I got your paper with
the discription [description?] of Nebraska in it it is just
like all discriptions [descriptions?] of the kind on paper
some truth in it but it is only the fair side of the
picture for undoubtedly the state has advantages
but all the states of the Union have advantages
and disadvantages so has that but when it comes
down to actual life viz the best place for you
or the likes of you coming out from an old settled
country where everything is fixed and settled for 100s
of years then I say the poor House at home is better
than a Homested [Homestead?] in a new Country like Nebraska
you think if you had a homested [homestead?] of 160 acres of
land such as Mr Lane describes you would be all right
but I say you would be all rong [wrong?] for like here in the
first place you would have to go outside civilisation
to get it far from society and there you would have
to begin and make everything but the land first a house
then teams wagons plows [ploughs?] cultivators &c &c well I
have been calculating and you would want abut [about?] 300£
to start with on it and with less you could begin among
the comunity [community?] of older states and have churches
schools roads & railroad at Hand and it would not
be so great a change all at once and more over
let me tell you that neither you nor your wife
could stand it for when I read your letter and
comes to think your affairs troubles me more than
my own although I have lost this year Here and
in Chicago 4000 dollars or 800£ and still I am
not concerned about it for we still have 250 dollars
a year of income and 40 acres of land well stocked
I have all this years crop yet and half of last years
oats yet and the children is all fixed by themselves

so you see we are better here by a good deal than
you speak of me going and taking up a farm
for you but that I could not do for the reason first
I have a place and 2nd I would have to go and live for
5 years on it before I could acquire title to leave or
sell next you wish to know how far it is from
New York it it is about 1500 miles and the fare
about 50 dollars or 10£ for Each Adult it is
about 500 miles from here and the fare from New York
here is 25 dollars you also state that you have
a mind to take 20£ and come out here yourself
but I say once for all not to do it for you
would not get here untill [until?] you would be homesick
and everything would displace you so you would
go home more fool than you left a poorer man I
say again as I often wrote you never come to this
country while you are undecided whether it would
suit you better than Ireland for no body prospers
Here that thinks he could do better at home
when you make up your mind to leave Ireland
Do it for good and all and bring
your Wife and family along and
if you dont [don't?] stay where you
are for no man suckseeds [succeeds?] here
unless he is broke out there or
has nothing coming for you will
find dificulties [difficulties?] here as well
as there but not the same kind
the rod of the landlord is not
still holding over you [your?] head
and what you acquire is your
[-]wn [own?] in real estate to the amt [amount?]
of 2000 dollars and no one can
touch it now I see you are in
a bad fix and the longer the
worse for you but you can do
nothing in my Mothers day so
you will have to wait Gods
time it is all for the best although
we cannot see it at the time
for many things that has befell
myself looked gloomy at
the time that came out all
right at last so it will
with you for I dont [don't?] know
what you think but I do
that we have a certain race

to run and we must do it
although we may think we
will do as we will we must
so as we can
Ann said she wrote to you
but I will tell you how she is at
present she is better now than
when Joseph was alive for she
has 2000 dollars and Interest and
a house to live in free the
garden will almost gave [sic] her
enough to keep her potatoes &
other things she has 2 cows and
can keep pigs so her and the
boy Jamie is safe enough but
Sarahs Mary is not much &
she has them most of the time
to keep about my own Children
Mary Ann is married to a man
nearly as old as me a Widower
with one Child a young woman
he is a house builder and a
good man and a safe match
Sarah Jane is married to a
young man of good ability &
and a printer to trade but
since the fire Joseph & him
is in partnership dealing in
iron and is doeing [doing?] very well
so we are all doeing [doing?] the best
we can I myself and Wife is
all alone and keeps no one only
now and then to help once &
again at plowing [ploughing?] or Hauling
manure or the like we had no
one all winter although I had
14 head of cattle and 4 mules
to attend which would require
a couple of Houres [hours?] night and
morning to feed with hay and
corn we have had a long winter
we have not done the first thing
yet in farming the frost and snow
continues to fall yet this day it
is raning [raining?] a little the first for a
long time we will have to pick

right in when the frost leaves it
is different from what I see in the
paper you sent of plowing [ploughing?] matching
in february I will now close
hoping this may find you all well
and I hope to hear from some
of you again soon this is all
I think of at present
I remain your affectionate
Brother in your trouble
William Porter