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Title: Andrew Robb, Pittsburgh to Mrs Jane Murdock.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRobb, Andrew/5
SenderRobb, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHogtown, Florida, USA
DestinationPittsburgh, Penn., USA
RecipientMurdock, Jane
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1454/5/2: Copied by Permission of Dr. J. C. Robb Esq., MBE, MD, MCH, Cambourne Park, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9006030
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:10:1993.
Word Count1251
TranscriptTo: Mrs John Murdock [Jane Robb Murdock?]
Care of Rob--t [Robert?] Dalzell & Co----- [Company?]
Pittsburgh Pa [Pennsylvania?]
Hogtown March 1846

My Dear Sister Your letter of 16th Feb----y [February?] was handed to me
by a neighbour who had been at the Post office a few '
days ago, ----ansville [Neumansville?] is the capital of this County &
fifteen miles from this place, it is also fifteen miles, to me [?]
their [there?] are post offices at both place but none nearer -
we have, and are still getting a large increase to our population
around here and must have a post office nearer. I have
been looking out for some competent person who would be
willing to take care of it, and have found one that will do.
I shall write by this mail to Mr David Levy [Euby?] our
United States Senator at Washington on the subdject [subject?], but when
you write direct as before. Hogtown is as near as possible in the center
of the county, it is not a town , but in all respects a country Plantation
although the county court- [courts?] were held here before the war, and
in all probability the- [they?] will be held somewhere about here again, as
the present county capital is on one edge, and no way central
making it very inconvenient to a large portion of the people
to have to ride so far to court, and to do any other bussiness [business?]
that the- [they?] may have with the land, to other offices, this place took
its name I believe from an old Indian chief who lived here & who happened
to have a large stock of hogs when the white men first began to settle the
County the place goes by the name ever since. I had an Irishman named
Conway living with me here once, he said its proper name was
Ballynamuck, Bally in Irish signified signified Town and muck
signified Hog. I think such an exchange of names
would be what our crackers here would call a poor trade if
it changes its name at all it must be to something less
barbarous -- I rec----d [received?] a letter from Mr [Small?] at the same
time I got yours I knew the [?] & writing of both, and opened his first
believing it of little consequence, he informed me of Uncles
death, and also that Margaret & Peter, were his Executors
and that Eliza now Mrs P---- [Peers?] came in for an equal share
of his property, except that which he got by marriage
amounting he supposed to some $23000 -- this amount
however must be mere guess work with Small he cannot
have any means of knowing the exact amount, neither will
it be known until the property is sold, in order to give
me an idea of the present position of the Leather Trade he
said there were not ten of the old swampers at the funeral
although all were there that were acquainted with him
I have writen a long letter to Margaret Bryson, and what you
daughter of David (B--- [Born?] 1776)
would probably call an affectionate one, if she answers it
our correspondence will be renewed, it would have been

better perhaps if I had not broken it off but I do not think she
blames me much, if any, on that account, for she knows better
than any one else my motive for doing so, if I could divest
myself of a certain degree of coldness and large supply of stubborn
Pride that seems to be in my nature, I would be glad, I
can trace much of my trouble through life to this cause. I
believe I have many times made others unhappy as well as myself
this same disposition brought on a misunderstanding with
the L--------t [Lieutenant?] Col---- [Colonel?] of the infantry here in
Florida some years ago which altered completely my whole course of
bussiness [business?] and finally was the means of my loosing [losing?]
three Hundred Dollars and of being saddled with a suit in Chauncery
[Chancery?] for three years I won the Chauncery [Chancery?] suit or things
would have been much worse. I speak of this case
at this time merely to show you that I am sensible of this
defect and intend her-after [hereafter?] to do all I can to remedy it -
in the slip which you had the goodness to Enclose, Margaret
says "we here spent many happy hours together" we have
spent many, many, happy hours together, hours of
youth when life was in its spring and before the warm
feeling of our nature were crushed by the crosses, dissapointments
[disappointments?] and losses of after life, will such happy hours ever
return we will see - I perceive by Margarets slip that
Jane Wright has a Husband I did not know that before, she got
tired of living what she used to call the quiet, easy, independent life
of an old maid. I believe she used to put into Margarets
head such antiquated notions, I wonder if her and Eliza
have children the- [they?] both began somewhat
late in life - Your Ellen was old enough, and quick
enough I dare say to know very well what was going
on around her in the family while she was in Frankfort
street, our cousins are old enough and I suppose pretty
enough to have admirers - Come sister be a little more
communicative in your next letter and let me know all
about those things, I mentioned to Margaret that I had
rec----d [received?] a newspaper from John sometime ago but did not say I
had rec----d [received?] your letter, I need not add that your last letter
afforded me much pleasure I believe I unintentionally offended you one time
by some of my absurd abstractions about children, I can assure you I was
very sorry when I was made aware of the fact by my
Mother telling me to List no more on such a subdject [subject?]
you ask me in your letter if I will ever go to see you
again, I really do not know, but it is very likely
I will sometime, we are so much the Creatures
of circumstances that I cannot say when, if I ca- [can?]
[?] here and had everything fixed for the journ-- [journey?]
it would not take very long to see you, either [?]
of New Orleans or Baltimore, you seem to feel as [?]
about the difficulty of realizing the feeling of

the fact that one is getting old, it is one of the most
difficult things imaginable, now for my part I
do not feel very old, but I suppose I must begin
to look so for a slave belonging to Mr D------ [Deescan?] one of my
neighbours came here yesterday to get a loan of my
oxen for his master - - I did not hear
before the death of Mr & Mrs Scott, the particulars of
the large fire in Pit-sburgh [Pittsburgh?] and of the Philadelphia
riots I never seen, I take but one newspaper it does
not come at all regular & is of very little acc---t [account?] when it
does come, I intended to have written the half of this letter to
John but will postpone until some other time what I was
going to remark to him, I hope this letter will not be lost like
the one before the last I have written you a pretty sizeable one
my love to John & your Family Your affectionate Brother Andrew