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Title: J and A Redford New Jersey to Brother and Sister Co. Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRedford, James/9
SenderReford, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew Jersey, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceT3038/B/12: Presented by W. Redford, Whitehead, Co. Antrim
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9411015
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 04:11:1994.
Word Count608
TranscriptBloomfield May 6th 1868

Dear Brother & Sister
I rec'd [received?] your letter since [some?] time ago and
calculated to answer it but the pressure of business
kept me from it If business had @ been good I
would have time but as all business is so dull
it requires every nerve to be taxed to keep going.
I do not know what we are coming to in this
country all things is past all comprehension you would
scarcely believe it when I tell you potatoes is
12/6 british beef 18 to 20d per lb [pound?] flour œ2/10 for
100 [--?] and 6d per qt [quarter?] for Milk Servant girls
where they @ can get a place are getting œ2:10
per month. God only knows what things are coming
to it Seems that the people here are going
crazy in all things When you write me again
and I hope that it will not be long that you
write give me full details of how many children
Susanna Frs, & [L----?] has, I hope that you
are all well we are all pretty well with the
exception of Nancy. She is dreadfully troubled with
rheumatism Anny is in Florida Joseph lives in
Bloomfield goes to New York every day at 6 1/2 O'Clock
am, gets home at 7 o'Clock pm go at 6 1/2 leaves New
York 5 oc [o'clock?] gets home at 6 oc [o'clock] PM
We have had 20 weeks of snow this
winter and in our Section of country no one has any [?]
in circulation we have dollar bills and
$20 50 & 100 and their actual value is 60
cents in place of 100 cts [cents] for change we have
50 cent 25 & 10c and 5 cent [S-----?] [p-----?]
of paper money this is what makes business
so dull the Farmers are the only ones that
are getting along as they get such exorbitant
prices for all kinds of produce, I got an
offer for my place of $2000 and I sold
it, it cost more when I bought it when [-------?]
was out her $135. I had 2 acres house and
board, I will live in it till the first of next
Aug [August?] 1869 rent free and has no wages to pay
I am going to buy @ place and build
@ new house the house that we sold is old
and if I make as much on the one that
I buy as the one I sold I will be contented
the land that I saw about buying is Indian
hill about 200 yds [yards?] South of my old place
Lucas knows where it is,
I must tell you some of our
domestic afairs [affairs?] I expect Sarah will be
married before this reaches you She weds
a young man of the name of Horace Dodd
he has all his furniture bought he is a
carpenter by trade industrious sober
and @ noble workman he is 23 years of
age he was in the war volunteered when
17 years of age and came home
without a scratch Lucas knows who
his father Mr. Dodd who keeps the
boot and Shoe store and post office
as you go to the Presbyterian Church
from where we live we must conclude
as we have nothing more to tell you that
would interest you as you do not know
the place, it is [---?] so wish me as I
can remember all old scenes in Antrim
therefore write and let me know of
all changes, May the Lord bless and
preserve you in health and hapiness [happiness?]
Your affectionate
Brother & Sister
Jas A & A Reford
May 10th
My birthday was yesterday