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Title: Theophilus Potts, Mexico, to Meg Potts, Dromore.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FilePotts, Theophilus/6
SenderPotts, Theo
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcivil engineer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAgiabampo, Sonora, Mexico
DestinationDromore, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientPotts, Meg
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/3561/A/1/12: Deposited by Dr. E.R. Green.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9806852
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:06:98.
Word Count1243
TranscriptT. [Theophilus ?] Potts, C. R. V. & P. R. R..
Agiabampo, Sonoro
Feby 22. 1907

Dear Sis. [Sister ?] Meg,

I guess it is last time writing; but I am sure
you would like to hear from me; I have no idea of
how I am going to mail this letter; but I may have a
chance to get it out; I do not know anything of where I
am at present; except that I am very close to the sea coast
on the western shore of Mexico; I expect to go out
close to the above named town or whatever it is.
I am in the Sierra Madras Mountains; this is a most
wonderful locality; I would like to tell you all about it;
but if I live to get this job finished; I purpose [propose ?]
writing a book, or an article for the press, and I will
see that you have a copy.
It is a pity that you do not read much history of
uncivilized countries; but if you did, you would think
that it was fiction; however the work that I am going to
write, will be backed up by proofs, that will leave
no room for doubt; I have maps of places of great interest
historical and otherwise; I have also astronomical bearings of
every place; and the location of permanent Mgjirens
Have ever you read of the cliff dwellers, perhaps you
have, I have been lucky enough, to run across some of their
dwellings, it is an established fact, that they lived hundreds
of years before the days of Columbus; I was up on the headwaters
of the Yaqui making a reconnaissance, when I found the
old dwelling; the river at this place flows through a canyon
2000 feet deep; the walls of the canyon is one plumb; and at
its lower end is divided in two, there is a slice of volcanic
rock, sitting on edge like a slate, I sat astride on it, if I
had have fell to either side, I would have fell 2000 ft; to the
waters below; at the north end of the canyon, there is a small
strip of putankey running up at an angle of 600, up this
incline the cliff dweller had cut steps; I walked up it, to the
top or summit; at this point, there is a square loophole
cut in the rock, apparentely [apparently ?] where the sentry,
had stayed; for here, I found several flint arrow heads; the
dwelling proper is constructed on a small plateau; the
building is of stone and some kind of granuling, it is four
story high, and consists of 86 rooms of various sizes; the
doors are all high enough to clear a mans head; who would be
7 ft : tall; in front of the house, is a second house,
apparentely [apparently ?] used as a softre house; in it
there is a bin, made of some kind of cement; it is large
enough to hold 400 bushels of corn there is also a very
large oyor ( a vessel used to hold water) made of the same
kind of cement; the roof of the house resembles a dome,
and is so constructed, that the stones are self binding,
no rafters are used. the whole place is in a good state of
preservation; and presents a very interesting spectacle;
both because of its quaint constructure, and its picturesque
location. I am pretty sure that never a white man was here
before; and I am going back, because I might as well try to
locate a church in Heaven, as try to locate a railroad through
these mountains.
Since I have been in this locality; I have had lots of
trouble with scorpions; they are very plenty here; and they
are the most dangerous kind; when they sting you, they
paralise [paralyse?] the part stung; I saw a native get
stung in the back of the hand; he lost power of his two
middle fingers; I have had them in my blanket twice; but
did not get stung, they never were so plenty, any place,
that I have been before; there are lots of leopards & tiger
in these hills; they are very pretty; the whole country is
full of Coyotes (Jackal), they are very cowardly, but will
not run away, they walk.
I have never heard from Issac [Isaac?]; I have wrote him
lots of times, but I can never hear from him; I dont know if
ever he wrote me or not, but I never got his letters; I had
one letter from Mrs. Herron; two from Stella Mant; and four
from A.J. Huston; this is all the mail I have got from the
States; I get Co. [company?] mail from Curral Mex. I wrote
Martha, and gave her my address as Panajoa, I am 357
kilometers from Novojoa now, and does not expect to ever be
there again; I also gave my address at home, as Alamos; I
am twice as far from Alamos; but I have a good chance to get
a letter from there; because it is a point on a definite
location; I will have the location made to the Fuerte River
by the first of may, that is all the far I promised to go,
so I have no idea of where I may be after then. I am not
tired of the country, and I may continue on location. I hope
this finds you very well; I would love to have a letter from
you; I miss your lovely letters very much; I very often think
of you, also of home, there is never a night, when I am pulling
out my blanket, that I do not think of the times, that we used
to cruelly, make Mother walk down to fix our bed; I have no bed
to fix, now, nor no one to fix it for me; but the life suits me
very well; I am delighted with my experience; and hopes to end
successfully. I do not know of any way in which you could write
to me, except to send a note to some one in the States; I do
not know where I will be by the time you get this, (if ever
you get it); say by the way; would you kindly write a concise
letter to me, and address it to - T. [Theophilus ?] Potts,
be sure and spell my name c/o E. A. McFarland C. E.,
with two ts; if you neatly Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
address an envelope, as above, and put a 2«d. stamp on
it; I will get it all right.
I hope everybody at home is very well; it is now nearly
four months since I heard anything about home, if you
get this letter, will you please tell them that you
heard from me, and that I am very well; I hope Martha
got my letter all right; tell her that I was asking for her;
I hope she is getting [a] along fine.
I dont know when I will be home; I would like ever so
much to go. but never can gather up enough of money; hard
luck, isnt it; well I have no kick coming; I am a first
class civil Engineer, and that is as rich as I ever hoped
to be.
I will close, trusting to hear from you. Good Bye Once
Again My Dearest Wee pet Your Loving Bro [Brother ?]
Theo [Theophilus ?] Potts.