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Title: William Porter, [Illinois?], to [Name?], [Ireland?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePorter, William/22
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.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9011011
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by B.W. 19:01:1993
Word Count570

you should sell for you could do as well I
think elsewhere there was ever since I mind some
dificulty [difficulty?] in it either a dry season the death
of Cattle or something to balance the good always
I have nothing very particular to write we are having
delightful weather and had all spring we got our
crop in better this season than ever before I ploughed
all season myself what I was not able to do this 4
years before I could plau [plough?] 3 acres a day but you
will think that is a story but no our plaus [ploughs?] turn
14 to 16 inches at a time with 3 horses or mules walking as
hard as you can walk not creeping along for fear of
a rock or stone there is more hear [here?] and then again I
can plou [plough?] all day and never take the plou [plough?]
out of land so as to see the print for I will begin right in
the centre of 40 acres and plau [plough?] all the time no
tracks or whites [?] nor [-------?] all in one flat square
thus so you see a man can do quite a piece himself they do
farm 80 acres to a man here but I have a little
english boy 14 years old but he never seen a cow or
a farm to [until?] he came here from London but he is very
good round things now I pay him 8 dollars a month
about 35 S [shillings?] of your money all he could get in
London was 2 S [shillings?] a week see that.
Joseph my son is gone off since February no
one [no-one?] knows where he was boarding with his Sister
Sarah and her husband and was a conductor on the
street Railroad cars and doing quite well &
one evening he got ready after super and Sarah
asked him where he was going and he said he
was coming to see me but he did not nor do
any of us know where he went or what has come of
him and I am very anxious about him for th[torn]
is so many people meets with foul play here tha[torn]
only God knows what comes of them the girls is n[torn]
and doing very well Mary Ann is Married again [torn]
a Master builder and tho [they?] are both doing first [torn]
is keeping a boarding house and has 17 or 20 boarders all
the time and gets from 6 to 8 dollars a week for each
one She pays 900 dollars a year rent & 2 girls 4
a week wages so you see She pays large sums so she must
get large pay Sarah & Husband boards with her Sarah
has got a young daughter I have not seen it yet
although it is 3 months old we are well ourselves here &
I hope this will find you all in [------?] & Mullaghar well
is aunt Sloan alive yet she must be a very old woman
now I would like to see Mother & her I was dreaming of Mother
last night I thought I seen her but did not know her she was
smarter than I expected I thought
yours sincerely William Porter
P.S.Brother Joseph and his family is well Sarah is married to
a Mr Thompson a Blacksmith.