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Title: Mary Blair, Georgia, to Mrs Jane Allen, Belfast
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBlair, Mary Ann/34
SenderBlair, Mary Ann
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginGeorgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientAllen, Jane
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1558/1/7/11: Presented by the late F.D. Campbell Allen Esq., 15 London Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9803626
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:03:98.
Word Count766
Transcript Upatioe, 25 September 1847

My Dear Aunt
You must pardon me for not writing you
more frequently I assure you it tis neither want of
affection or gratitude that keeps me from writing you
oftener as I have nothing of consequence to write you
I put off from day to day I hope when you receive this
your health will be much recurited, this year (so
far) is the first not to call in a Doctor I trust in
God it will continue so, Mary and Ann was going to
school the [they?] had a long distance to walk Mary
had to leave off going on account of her headache
which she is subject to when the weather gets
hot, William had been going to school was obliged to
quit and assist a neighbour with his Crop who had been
a friend to him in his sickness last fall, Charles had
been living with a man by the name of William since
the early part of last year he gives him three Dollars
a month I Chlothe [Clothe?] and wash for him he
generally comes home every Saturday evening about the
time we look for him coming home Ann Jane
C. [Campbell?] will steal off she will stay a
considerable time if he do not come home she is
greatly disappointed the [they?] love each other very
dearly he says when ever he begins to make a little
money he will Educate Ann. Isabella is Williams
favourite, William Campbell informs me your little
Grandaughter is a sweet interesting child I know she
must be a little pet, I almost know so far as this
world is concerned you have every thing to make you
comfortable a good son and amiable daughter what would
I give to see you all Willy sends his love to you I
presume you would not know him he is a great tall
slim boy Charles scarcely grows any you will think it
strange when I inform you that I have not been to
Church in four years I mean a Presbyterian Church I
take my family and go occasionally to the Baptist and
Methodist the latter is the most prevailing sect of
Christians, we have got no Unitarians in this part of
the Country I often think its a pity we had not
Doctor Cooke here he would suit a great many people
particularly the Primitive Baptist the [they?] don't
think anything of riding ten or twelve miles of a
Sabbath morning to Church were [where?] I reside its
thinly settled what four neighbours are is good and
very industrious the women spins and weaves all there
[their?] on [own?] Clothing and those that dont [don't?]
do so makes Cotton when the [they?] sell it the [they?]
will purchase what the [they?] require untill [until?]
the next Cotton Crop comes the [they?] will think nothing
of buying fifty Dollars worth of dressing for there
[their?] family these are what the [they?] call poor
people here some of them may have got one or two
negroes, it makes me feel bad that I cannot be so smart
as them to do my children justice I could be all the
time employed sowing as I have no Negroe [Negro?] I am
obliged to get along the best way I can,if mother ever
visits you remember me to her I think the [they?]
might have sent me some little remembrance of poor
Father I would thank William J. C. [Campbell?] in his
next letter to inform me who wears Brother Johns Watch
or if it was sold I expect mother was highly pleased
with James choice I would like to know if the [they?]
all live together what the younger part of the family
are doing I want to here [hear?] of them all doing well
your goodness together with William J. C. [Campbell?] since
poor Williams death has been far more than I ever expected
I wish it was in my power to send you something in return
all I can do is sending you my blessing which I do from
my heart, I pray that the Almighty may bless William J.
C. [Campbell?] in all his endeavours both in this life
and the life to come, I trust the next letter I receive
will bring me the good news that you are much strengthened
by your visit to the Spa, except my best wishes for your
health and happiness if we never should meet in this world
again I trust we will meet in the world to come is the
pervent prayer of your affectionate niece
Mary Ann Blair