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Title: [William Porter?], Chebanse, [U.S.A.?] to his brother Robert
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePorter, William/23
SenderPorter, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginChebanse, Illinois, N.Ireland
DestinationCo. Armagh? N.Ireland
RecipientPorter, Robert L.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1152/3/29: Presented by Mr Charles Best, Mullaghglass, Bessbrook, Co Armagh, Ireland.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9401038
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 23:02:1994.
Word Count1144
TranscriptChebanse Nov 13 1865

Dear Brother Robert
I am almost ashamed to write to you it
is so long since I should have wrote but one
thing after another stile [still?] hindred [hindered?]
me I would have wrote about the middle of September
but [about?] that time we were all taken sick with fever
and ague and we had to get sarah jane down
from Chicago to take care of us for not one of the
three could come out of bed to do the first thing
I was lying for 4 weeks and then I got up and
thought I was quite well and sarah went back
to Chicago but I got ill again and then Joseph
got able to go round and attend to us and the
things about the place but in a few days he
gave out and was worse than ever all this time
mother was in bed quite bad and we could
get no person to come to help us so I recovered once
more to be able to go round and for 2 weeks I
was cook housekeeper etc etc and cattle horses &
hogs to mind so I was pretty busy I would have
a shake of ague every day and it is only this last
week that it has quit me it is the meanest of sickness
that ever I had and I have had my share but every
person almost had it this year the reason was
we had a very wet summer and a great deal
of water lay in the shoughs and stagnated
but now we are having the finest of weather
this day is like summer and it has been sometime so
I thought I would have went to Ireland
this fall but being so long sick it has kept
me from getting my work arranged so that I
could leave in fact for 8 weeks we have not
done the first thing we were not done making
hay when we took bad and I had to sell some
stock on that acct [account?] all my crops is in the
ground yet but potatoes and we had none
this year to speake [speak?] of as the [they?] almost all rotted
but it is all corn and that will not take
any damage only it code [could?] be cold work
husking or gathering it and there is none to
home but the wife and myself for as soon as
Joseph got able he went to Chicago and
says he will not farm any more I am
badly off for help and you could not get
man or boy at any price for every one
has more to do for themselves than they can
get done and how am I to get my corn
husked I cannot tell it would take one
man about 4 months to do it so yo [you?] see it
is a serious job and as men is now a [would?]
cost 200 dollars to do it so I guess I will
have to put off my visit at present
I had note from Thos [Thomas?] Brown inclosed [enclosed?] in one
to Jas [James?] Duffy stating that you were all well and
that my mothers health was better than
usual I was thinking I would have seen her
once more but God only knows whether or
not for supposing there was nothing to hinder
me from leaving home but my own health it
is doubtful whether I should leave home
to risk a voyage there and back for my
health is poor indeed and this last sickness
has left me pretty frail
I will send you a newspaper or two with
this that will let you know how things is rating
here I got two from Thos [Thomas?] Brown
I have not much news to write Josephs folks
is well but Jane & Sarah was sick too
It is probable if Joseph stays in Chicago
that I will either sell or rent the farm
go back to Chicago too for I could not work
it to make pay to here all the work
would eat up all that it would produce
I like to live on it but none of the rest does
we had Mary down and her husband and Sarah
Jane down in August a month him and
some others shooting chickens a bird something
like your partridge only larger the season
commences the 15th of August and a good
shot can make from 6 to 12 dollars per
day shooting Mary anne was sick after going
home but is now quite well we are all
now well and I hope this will find you
all the same both in dysart and
Mullaglass [Mullaghglass?] I would like you to write
me a long letter with the news of the whole
neighbourhood round and what changes has
taken place since I left and who is dead
and who is taking there place especially about
the Todds & Crawfords family and about
aunt Sloan how she is and how she
stands it
and all the Banfield folks and aunt
Kennedy and all my friends you can think
of and Robert McDowell do you ever hear
anything about him I suppose he is a country
squire by this time
I thought to have eaten my christmas dinner
with you all and then I would have seen
and known all that I desire you to write about
but I must forego this pleasure for the
present perhaps some other time I may
but although we are far seperated [separated?] there
is not a day but I think of you all
and we may never see each other in the
face yet I hope we will all meet in that
place where there is no more seperation [separation?]
and where we shall be one in the Lord
Mr Joseph is here he wishes me to say that
you never think worth while to write a letter
to him I asked him if there was anything that
he wished me to write and he said that
he would wish Mother to write him a few
lines he is doing very well now and saving
money he is working at his trade and Jane is
is [sic?] working with a family and has 100 dollars
a year Sarah was in [Glenneys?] but she is at
home now he has bought another lot in Chebanse
now he has 3 the [they?] live better than ever the [they?]
done since the [they?] were married Sometimes I wish
you were here and then again I think you would
never be as well fixed here as there it [its?] true we have
not the trouble to meet payment here like there but
still there is not the comforts nor association here as
there although I would not go back there to live