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Title: K. Y. Sanders, Illinois to George Macartney, [Gransha?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSanders, K. Y/4
SenderSanders, K.Y.
Sender Gender
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSandwich, Illinois, USA
RecipientMacartney, George
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1296/8: Copied by Permission of G. G. Macartney Esq., 27 Rossmore Avenue, Ormeau Road, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9403191
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:03:1994.
Word Count704
Transcript Sandwich, Ill. [Illinois?]
July 20th 1891

Dear Cousin George
Your letter of June
15th came to hand about ten days from
date.  It found Sister Mary and myself
in usual health.  Also Mr White
sisters husband.  We were very glad to
hear from you and the rest of our cousins.
Where does James and family live? also Cousin
Sarah Fletcher, and how many children have
each of them.  We have none, Sister or I
I shall be very glad to get a picture of you
and also of cousin William.  And the dear
old house in which my mother was born
But do not go to too much trouble about
it.  I wish you could come out here to see
our nice country but of course one can
not leave their house uncared for, and
where you have no one but hired help they
do not always attend to business very
well.  As far as your wish that I was there
I will say, that was it not for that broad
Atlantic Ocean, I would go and see
you and help manage and look after your
house till you could get you a wife
But it is a long journey and the Sea
to cross seems too much for me.
I may visit Ireland some day, but I
hope you may marry before long, so
I shall be able to see her when I get
there.  Yes I had learned of the Story of
our Cousin "Betsy Gray" And had
sent to the Author [Mr Lyttle?] of
the Bangor Gazette for a copy and it
had arrived a few days before your letter
sister and I had read it but it was
not new to us, as Our Mother had often
told us all about her, and I had also
read of her in the History of Ireland
Our Grandmother Mary Boyd Macartney
had the stockings and kerchief [handkerchief?] that
was taken of her after she was dead and
I saw them when I was at Grandfathers
when I was an infant, for I learned to
walk at your own hearth stone in [Granshaw?] [Gransha?]
I remember the kitchen fireplace
and where our Grandfathers chair used
to stand and the room where your father
slept in.  They called it the "upper room"
I remember the Duck house at the end
beyond the shop, but I don't remember
the Barns.  But the clocks and round
table and a settle bed in the kitchen
and some other things about the place.
Mr Lyttle sent me the "Sons of the Sod"
his Almanac, and also "Robins Reading"
which we enjoyed reading, but I liked
Betsy Gray the best.  I did not remember
till I read the book that she was born
in your home, but she was as I now
remember that mother told us all
about her father having gone and
Uncle [Thomas?] Gray inherited your place
and our Grandmother got it through
her mother & uncle, then your father
and now you and I dont know how
many more relations.  But that is at
least four or five.  There are but your
brothers and sister and my sister Mrs
White and myself left.  Since cousin
Sammie died.  How much of a farm have
you, and what do you raise, stock or
grain? and how are the crops and times
generally?.  How much a year do you have
to pay your woman that keeps house for
you?  We have to pay here for house servants
from twelve to twenty dollars per month
and house keepers more.  And not good or
well trained servants either.  I often wish
we had some of the bright strong young
girls over here that are poor enough at home
they could get good wages and good places
to work at from $2.00 to 5.00 per week, as
they were worth and board and washing included
It is a good place for working people
I hope you will write to me again, and often
Miss Mary Rankin is well and not married
yet.  She is a very nice person, we like her
we send our kindest regards to all our cousins,
and hope we will meet some day and get acquainted

I remain with affection your cousin
K. Y. Sanders
Box 351
De Kalb, Co