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Title: Richard Rothwell, Boston, U.S.A., to Mrs Rothwell, Co. Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRothwell, Richard Sr/36
SenderRothwell, Richard Sr.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationwants to buy a farm
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBoston, Mass., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientRothwell, Rosa
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT2621/2/53: Presented by D.B. Rothwell Esq., Yorkshire, England
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9501321
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:01:1995.
Word Count1793
TranscriptTo: Mrs Rothwell
[Dochin?] Marshalls Gort a Lee
Green Island Belfast
Via Liverpool England

Postmarks: BOSTON DEC 26 AM PKT

P.S. this is beautiful mammy
milk after the post
the snow thoroughely [thoroughly?]
on the [housetops?] and [garely?]

[The Beginning of the letter is missing]

living at all wants and a nice house - if I can get to louis [St.
Louis?] shale [I Shall?] ask him though we away handsome [salyed?].
I asked [aflu?] Mr Porter with great cordiality Dacln [Declan?]
Garnet has some shiry [sherry?] of usemblem [sic] in the given
perch of the head 4 [for?] Mr Porter. [dibeak?] but is evevdiully
[eventually?] a man of feelury [foolery?] and Cabrul Bouns [sic]
ways he looks hard thau [through?] any men in Boston - 10clock
[10 o'clock?] Christmas day when my fingers were too cold to write.
I walked to ask about the farm. it was in Hampsher the thaw is
progressing the Hughs beginng [beginning?] to [sluirn?] through the
shock and with [rula?] hope of a letter I mended my way through
the melting snow to the post office to my surprise and almost with
fear I found your letter the packet arrived an hour before and
all hands were employed to sort them so I have your letter -
which I carried about looking at the open shops as on other days
almost afraid to go home. least any sadness in your mind should
mark its character, I got home walked about my room looking at the
[ms cuplien?] and allone [alone?] opened it - it contained nothing
to plight me. and before I comment further on it pay your Brother
the 25œ only the money you have a will have - I am sure we shale
[shall?] do here and do well if I could get a small place it would
be better here than a large farm once I loock [look?] I should do
something I am certain that [missing] country and I am sure I could
get a place where you could be and I not frightened as to the future
we should be happy and the prospect of the children certainly more
sure of success - Wm [William?] Frosman [sac-l?] on my furl [fur?]
coming here. Worlestin or Sterling is my place it is a wealthy
locality [of?] refined people and plenty of those who would
appreciate your talents even in the summer the Bostonians go out
here for country air and a profession to the [Waturing?] piano and
would be too happy [---?] for me - this morning my eye caught the
enclosed advertisments & showed it to Colonel [Ba---?] & Wm Frosman
and they both said that [cu--?] the sort of thing and plenty of such
places was to be had and if too much land was on the lot part of it
could be sold for a considerable part of the purchase - they both
said now that you have seen the western country you are best
prepared to farm a right estimate - "in any town in Massethusestes
[Massachucetess ?] you will find well educated people who will
appreciate any much you prisess [prices?] - but no denying that the
land of the Western Praire production and more early cultivated by
those who have no other thought" - this day is only lately kept here
and I find all the Theatres are open some shops open but Mr Cotton
is moving from his private residence none live in shur [such?]
places of business and I cannot do anything until Wednesday as I
cannot [morm aring?] of my traps Should not a [busrh?] but a few
dirty ones what a sad occasion we were in too great a hurry looking
back I shale [shall?] ask about the locality of the farm trusty
mules from Boston if event of Bort [sic] it will be most desirable
but William Frosman says [norh?] and [--st?] it will be too bleak
another person said for about 1200 dollars many smaller places in
Worcester county could be had with beautiful seenery [scenery?] to
look up on and paint to - this is the great [obyeel?] the children
if educated and have good morals they are sure of independence I
know the struggle for life in England the thousands of Dartins
painless parts &c &c who draw on a miserable hopeless carreer
[career?] pleasure sums here one of the duties of life as I did
yesterday I shall have a little share for a [bond?] tomorrow in the
wait of the steamer coming in this evening I suppose it will be
[berh to reorder?] and request my [p---?] Mr Foggs to send the
mother and child to me it is a picture that would be liked here - if
I were in London I would certainly get a photograph of it and a few
copies Mr [Jibley?] is better acquanted [acquainted?] than Mr Foggs
with this sort of knowledge he lives at 6 Russel place Mr Foggs
would call on him for his advice I suppose I will be better to write
a letter to him through you and no mistake then can occur because
you will be at my elbro [elbow?] feguratively [figuratively?] I pip
[sic] my i's and cross my T's and speak my words let us look at life
cheerfully. I understand [Doch Playbody?] is very much thrughly
[throughly?] here he has a good O that at my hasty looks would meet
with ready sale. I painted for farm and made my mark - my nervous
susuptibility [susceptability?] made me resent my school contempt
the men who did my reputation [-ng--t--e?] but that must not be
again I feel deeply the kindness of Mr Allen and must not now try to
give utterance to my thoughts, it would abash me too much and
destroy the inergy [energy?] I must call out I must not look back
but forward - to meeting [---?] my life is a riddle and who can
solve the end - I am truly sorry that you have all the trouble
[r-------?] with Baby you say you want me to assist you with
management win thoug [though?] I may be too weary [sic] a lark
master - poor Babo I am glad to hear that he is getting strong he
will want his strengthfor his voyage. Which persons here say should
be early in summer to prepare for the season - so far as I have seen
I have not discovered any difference in climate - it is cold but
[Shaw?] felt more unpleasant weather - their stoves [horred?] stoves
are their [wel -pir-l?] - and al [all?] the cause of much calamly
[calamity?] fire, fire, fire at this moment for the [thu--r?] time
the pie bell rings this day - the [--on?] fleeces get red hot and
commomerate [commemerate?] to the good work - from every church or
[--bler?] building a wire commicates [communicates?] from [-----
----- --?] loock [look?] and in each Ward a communecater
[communicator?] so that the moment of this country an electric
battery always charged is [hailed?] by a person giving the
information and the bells of the ward set [start?] ringing the
number of the ward when the fire has been discovered - they take it
cooly here - the invention is perfected by Doilis Fhannery who is
the son very wanted and able to keep his Hugh with every apparent
comfort I told you I met him at Mr Cottons looking for flames - I
think you would make your way with the ladies I met here and be
liked - last evening it was throwing tickets arrived from the Music
Hall. the [miseah?] was the [dubyert?] Dah prabody [probably?]
objected to Mrs and the two daughters girls of sertern [certain?]
going out such a night and they not strong I told the [aneelote?] of
your bury in bed all day a [---?] for the [p---?] annoy in the
evening your getting up and going [wh----?] at 12 and next day
felling considerably better this turned the tables they wanted me to
go which would have [d----?] the one daughter of a [te---?] so I
diclined [declined?] and prefered staying for an hours chat with the
Doctor who is better but had boils on his lip two inside and
prevented his [-----y?] - I assured I shale [shall?] not ful [fool?]
the children a trouble the only [fiar?] is the good thing the
splendous [splendid?] [----?] of them wheter [weather?] may make
them mess such things. but I really think we may find solid comfort
here my letter my dear Rosa from Chicago will make you misrable
[miserable?] untile [until?] you get my next. I do not know why so
long a time elapses between the cupl [couple?] of letters - here is
now the 25 of december yours dated 28th 1854 - the vessel must have
had bad weather two days longer than my voyage and "the America" is
reputed faster vessel than "the Canada" - we must not think of
Canada it is only a wilderness yet I stopped for an hour whilst the
[ca--?] were changing engine and saw the [flourerhy?] towen [town?]
of Hamilton - A cottage was our first thought out of Boston, and be
assured of this the servants do more work here than the idlers you
you speak of with you they play fine here it is very different if
they loose character American is cautious of them and and sometimes
as new brooms they earn their work - I looked and looked in vain
for what you mentioned about Mr Foggs report [---?] thing in your
note and no scrap of paper but the [sheel and hog?] - pay the 25œ
the little picture will not be valued because [shrurl?] on him for
payment it may buy something if the wars dois [does?] not knock
every thing on the head - give my love to the children and say to
Elizabeth that I am [reg----l?] that she proposes to write a very
careful letter to me - sixty pounds [pomele?] for my hobby, no
matter it is better to let go and never think of it, that is 300
dollars the gong rings for dinner. in solitude although a public
dinner, table D'hote it is [cachy?] today but go I must - four
oclock [four o'clock?] this day seven years. I walked into Dublin to
get a prescription for my dear child which caused hur [her?] a
delirious night - She is in eternity and happy. I trust in God we
may be all together next the year rolls round - with love to all I
am yours. Robert Rothwell
Pay your mother with my expression of thanks for her kindness