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Title: Thomas [Sample?], California to Ellen McIntyre, [Co. Tyrone?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSample, Thomas/21
SenderSample, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginGalt, California, USA
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientMcIntyre, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2722/12: Copied by Permission of Miss E. Throne, Bready, Strabane, Co. Tyrone.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007190
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 09:02:1994
Word Count939
TranscriptGalt Sac Co [Sacramento County?] Cal [California?]
Sep 12/87 [1887?]

Dear Sister Ellen
I suppose long before You
receive this You will think that I do not
appreciate Your kindness in sending me
the card which I wanted so much if
You think so I can assure You that You
are very much mistaken, but between
the receipt of Your letter and the card
there was such a long interval that I
was afraid it was not going to come
You can not [cannot?] appreciate my feelings
when I saw it, it produced a great
deal of pleasure mixed with a large
amount of pain when I saw William's
picture which I know must be correct
and was unable to see a single feature
which I could recognise I felt sad
the evening I received it and took
it home, Wife chanced to be out
So I set it on the table beside
a lamp where I could well see it
and for about an hour I did nothing
but just sit and look, next day
I had it put in a beautiful frame
and hung and now any one [anyone?] would be
very safe to offer me a hundred
dollars for it they would get keeping
their money. You have two beautiful
children and in the proper training
of them a great responsibility. God
grant that You may be enabled
to do Your whole duty toward them
and that You may see them growing
up an ornament to religion and
then they are bound to be a comfort
and joy to You and their father
last time I wrote to You I
had fully made up my mind to leave
here before this time but could not arrange
it so I could and now feel that I
can not [cannot?] afford to go back from this
almost tropical climate to a
northern winter so we have come
to the Conclusion to spend the winter
in California and if life is spared
to leave in the spring. we have here
the most beautiful climate I think
in the world all that is wanted is

some old friends but occasionally for
lack of those a terrible feeling of
loneliness comes over me we have lots
I will send with this a card
taken some six Years ago when
about the age William is now since
that time I have got to be a good
deal like Uncle Ned in the negro
Song "who had no wool on the top
of his head in the place where the
wool ought to grow" I feel of late
Years growing old can do nothing
in the way of reading or writing
without spectacles but have been
very fortunate in getting into a
buisness [business?] where physical strength
is not absolutely necessary
the most unpleasant feature about
it is the very close confinement
You can form some idea of it when
I tell You that I have been out only
a day and a half in eighteen months
and my hours are from half past
six in the morning until nine
in the evening with no certainty
when I go to bed that I may
not be called up once or twice
before morning, I often think
if Young men and women in Ireland
only knew what was before them
a great many more would stay at home
one thing gives me a good deal of comfort
to think that none of your children
are likely ever to come to America
it is generally a hard life they have
before them who do come
I do not want You to think that
I feel bad about my own case I have
done moderately well but the general
average could do better at home
I have been a little surprised
to hear that Uncle Lenny and
and Aunt [Molly?] are still able to
be around give them our kindest
love we often think and talk of
them. how much I would
like to see you all I have
suffered more from home sickness [homesickness?]

since I commenced to correspond
with You than I did in the
thirty Years previous. I see
by newspaper accounts that times
are very troublous in some parts
of Ireland how is it in Your
Section I wish William would
write us a letter and give all
the news he can about things
in general and some of the old
neighbours in particular who
is occupying the Woods and
[Kilg--?] and Alexander [Markey?]
places how crops have been
this season who is the Minister
in 2nd Donagheady and how he
compares with Mr Porter I have
never heard a preacher since that
I liked so well I should have
preferred to send a picture without
the regalia but had none
it was taken at the time for
Society purposes as at that
time I belonged to the society
of "Odd Fellows" the regalia is that
of Past Master in that society
I have nothing more of any
interest to write I trust You will write
very soon on receipt of this would
like very much to have a little letter from
Willie and Bessie - Wife joins in
sending kindest love to You all think
if I ever get back to New York would find
it hard to keep from paying You a visit but
I suppose it is useless to think of it direct
Galt Sacramento Co [County?] California U.S.A.

I had intended to enclose card in this but send it
separately please write at once no matter how short
it may be and believe me ever
Your affectionate brother Thomas