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Title: Robert J. Alexander, California to David Alexander, Co. Armagh.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileAlexander, Robert J/21
SenderAlexander, Robert J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCalifornia, USA
DestinationCo. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientAlexander, David
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2461/2/1: Photocopied by Courtesy of John Boyd Esq.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007045
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 03:09:1993.
Word Count726
Sonoma [--?]
September 11th 1879
Dear Brother David B
Your welcome letter of
July 28th was duly received and would have
been answered before now only I was waiting
to hear from Thomas G. I got a letter from
him yesterday also one from Selina they
are very much in favour of going out to
Australia. Selina's tone in her last letter is
quite changed I suppose that letter that came
from David giving such a good account
of Australia has changed her mind as she did
not like the idea according to the previous
letter I had from her. I hope they will
be able to get the place sold to some one
for I am satisfied they will be much
better in Australia than by remaining in
Ireland and they are just about the right age
to go too. I hope you will be able to sell
your own place and buy Larrycormick
[Torn] made up your mind to stay
[Torn] [in Ireland?] I am of the opinion that Co. Derry
will be better for you and I further think
that it is better to sell Deu[c?]horra place than
to borrow money on it. You have already
seen what slow progress is made in
paying off debt. You say if there was time you
would ask me to loan some money on
your place. I don't want to loan any, but
if you sell and buy Larrycormick at whatever
price you and [-?] G can agree upon let
me know how you are fixed after straightening
things out as far as you can and I will
let you know then what I will do. I would
rather make a present than a loan and as
I told you before I have not forgotten your
almost fatherly care of the family while we
were all young. You would then be near
Mary Ann and Hugh.
After I got your letter I wrote Tho. [Thomas?] G. telling
him if he prefered to stay in Ireland what
I would do, but there is not time for an
answer to that yet and even if he should accept
the offer I made after a [Torn]
in Australia would be better [Torn]
You say that you are still of the opinion
that if some of your plans had been
carried out at the time you got married
it would have been better for all. Well
people look at things from different stand
points. for my own part I would never
think of bringing my wife (if I had one)
into the same house to live with my sisters
and brothers and mother no matter how good
a disposition there may he all around
it is almost impossible to prevent trouble
from springing up. I had no hard feelings
against you for marrying why should I. but
I did think it was best you should have a
choice of your own. and when I heard mother
and the balance of the family were going to
Australia, not liking the idea of an old lady
starting out there and not being as well fixed
then as now myself I sent her a cablegram
not to go and told her that I would see
the girls provided for. I gave [100 pounds?]
to Mary Ann and if Selina should get married
I intend to do as well by her if not better. I
also have sent 50 pounds to pay expences &c [etc?]
to Hugh after Mothers death and sent some
preseats [presents?] to the girls, I don't make any
brag of these thing but am only glad that I
was able to do it and to carry out my part
of what I promised It was very kind of you
to and Selina to stop with you should you
buy Larrycormick but I think she will go to
Australia and as I am going myself
in a few months (should nothing turn up to
prevent me) I will see that she is cared for
I am very sorry, to hear of times being so hard
in Ireland and England and hope they will
soon improve, but am surprise [surprised?] that there
should be so much superstition in you, to make
you think the hard times are a judgement
sent by God. It is all the effect of natural causes
Even prayer wont alter it
your affet. [affectionate?] brother
R. J. [Alexander?]