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Title: Andrew Richey, U.S.A., to "My very Dear Father & Mother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRichey, Andrew/53
SenderRichey, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationkeeps a store with his brother
Sender Religionunknown
OriginClinton, Mississippi, USA
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceD/3561/A/6/1/11: Deposited by Dr E.R. Green
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9806849
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:06:98.
Word Count1294
TranscriptClinton Mississippi Oct. 29th 1835

My very Dear Father & Mother
After a very long & on my part a painful
silence I once more address myself to my long neglected
duty & nothing could in the slightest degree justify me
unless the plea of my ill health. Many many times have I
taken up my pen to write you a letter during the past two
years & then I would conclude that as my health was so
delicate that I would wait until I could say that I was
quite well & as Brother Jas. [James?] had wrote several
times I thought that would satisfy your minds some time
longer till I should be quite well. I know you may think
this a poor excuse for my long silence but I assure you
that I thought it better not to write during my illness
for I thought it would give you more uneasiness to
know that I was sick than even not to hear from me for
some time. Though I knew I must suffer in your estimation
as being unfilial & unbrotherly & as having forgot you
all: but my dear parents you may rest assured that I can
safely say, that one week may I might safely say one day
has hardly passed without my mind reverting back to the
scenes of my childhood & youth. In fact when I was at home
at my parents fireside I have long since found that the word
home comprehends a great deal - in fact all that is worth
living for is in that word & I never yet have
found all that "sweet home" contains since I left you all.
I recvd. [received ?] Sister Amelia's letter of the 20th
March last it was a source of great satisfaction to me it
contained a thousand little things that were highly
interesting. In fact it caused me to shed tears I can hardly
say of joy or sorrow it reminded me so much of home. I
thought I just saw you all even the very trees & shrubs
were brought up before me. Amelia must be grown a fine
large girl long since, how time tears on since she was
winding pirns for me when I was weaving. Those are happy
recollections but their like is past forever. To speak
something of my illness I must go back to one month
after the date of my last letter which was in May 1833,
I think, while I lived in Nashville. I was taken with
the cholera about a month after I wrote. I had two or
three attacks of it but as I used prompt means I
soon got it checked but my recovery was very slow & I left
the city & went out 2 miles into the country to establish my
health & to use mineral water. I stopt [stoped?] at the house
of an old Methodist & I believe his family were the happiest
folks that I have ever seen. His wife & almost all his family
were lately converted & the [they?] appear to live as it were
in heaven & their pianoforte which formerly was played to
all sorts of profane melody was now attuned to hymns of praise.
A great many preachers stopt [stoped?] at the house & amongst
the rest a Mr. Shephard an Irishman from near Portadown, I think
he said he served his time with Thos. [Thomas?] Shillington of
Portadown. He at least had lived with him & he knew a good many
of our relations. I do not know whther you recollect anything
of him or not, I think I have heard my mother mention the name.
He gave me a great deal of satisfaction for though total
strangers he knew a great many people that were known to me
& we felt at once that we were friends. I staid [stayed?] at
that place some time and I thought I had got strong enough to
ride to Hopkinsville Ky. [Kentucky?] to Brother James' but
my dreams of increasing health & strength were soon blasted.
I took sick my the way & commenced discharging blood through
my bowels & before I could get it stoped [stopped?] I was
at the brink of the grave. I had to stop at a tavern by the
way & send for Brother Jas. [James?] who came my the next
stage & attended to me for 8 or ten days. When I got
sufficiently strong to sit up he sent for his carriage & I
rode to Hopkinsville where I recvd. [received?] every
attention from Sister Eliza. I was for more than thirteen
weeks that I had no passage through my bowels except by
physic or injections. I had a dreadful time of it no
person can tell what I suffered & after I got partly
recovered the strength of my digestive organs & my bowels
were some impaired that I was unable to digest or pass
off the most simple food. When I got able to
ride I kept going about for change of air agreeable to the
advice of my physicians. I visited various watering places
for health & at times my thoughts were strongly bent on home.
I spent nearly twelve months out of business but as I had
been economical my money still held out & I knew if it did
not I still could draw on my brother but thank God I did not
require it. I was threatened at one time with inflammation of
the bowels but I got that checked & my disease settled into
what is called dyspepsia or indigestion & in fact my
stomach had never yet acquired its usual healthy tone
but thank God I am comparatively well. I suppose Jas [James?]
wrote you that we had moved to this State in May 1834. It
is a fine State for making money but it is also in most
places sickly & in fact I should have been afraid to risk
it had it not been that my health was at that time so bad
that I thought I could not be much worsted & I have been
agreeably disappointed for my health has been greatly
benefited by the change to a southern climate. Brother
James offered me an interest in his store last
February which I embraced. He gives me the one third
of the profits for my part. I had one or two offers of the
same kind from some of my acquaintances who were acquaint
[acquainted?] with my business qualities previous to Jas.
[James?] proposal so notstanding my long sickness which
drained my purse I have still a fair chance of making some
money. I think we will sell thirty thousand dollars worth
of goods this year but the [they?] are mostly on credit and
it requires a good while to collect but we have fine profits
upwards of 100 per cent. I am glad to hear you have sold the
Broomhedge land so well & got cash for it. I am in hopes your
circumstances will now be more easy. Br. [Brother?] J. [James?]
recd. [recieved ?] two letters some time since one from
Sister Dinah & one from Jane. You have now got a goodly
collection of grand children if they were all gathered around
you. My dear parents I am still in hopes to see you yet if we
are all spared a short time longer. I hope you will excuse
my long silence in consequence of my illness. Thank God my
health is now pretty good but I find my constitution a good
deal impaired [blank] I must address a few lines to Sister
Amelia so farewell & blessing.
ever your truly affectionate
Andrew Richey [Ritchie?]