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Title: Sarah Shaw, Mississippi, U.S.A. to "Dear Richard."
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileShaw, Sarah/1
SenderShaw, Sarah
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationtutor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLexington, Mississippi, USA
Recipient Gendermale
SourceDonated by Mr. W. Shaw, 4 Coolreaghs Road, Cookstown, Co.Tyrone. Transcribed by Dr. Ruth-Ann Harris, U.S.A.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9702266
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 24:02:97.
Word Count885
Transcript[Lexington, Holmes County
[January 10 & 15, 1852?]

My dear Richard
I wrote you on the 4th October that on
the 30th said month Matilda was to change her name to
that of Bell, he is of [----?] [f----?] [----?] habits
but poor which was a great Objaction [objection?] with
me, if she was of a strong constitution with his
Industry the [they?] might do well. Farming when you
have to hire all your help is not a money making
business in this family, as negroes hire is very
expensive, but, I trusts the Lord will bless their
endeavours and with that if the [they?] are not rich
the [they?] will be happy. Mr Bell speaks of moving
at least one hundred miles from here, if so it will
nearly kill me to part with her, as I have never been
more than a few mile distance from any of them, for
the last two years. I have been teaching in Judge
Perry's family, which is only 7 miles from Sarah
& Alicia and 5 from M. Jane, so that if any of them
is taken sick I can and am with them in a few hours.
I assure you Aunt Sarah is a great somebody with her
Nieces, we are truly happy in each other. I intend to
suspend teaching this year for the purpose of Visiting
Edward, (whom I have not seen since he left Ireland)
and dear George, Matilda and myself made our
arrangements before she thought of getting married
which has put a stop to her going, but I intend, if
spared life and health to start in March. I cannot
get any of the girls persuaded into spending twenty or
thirty dollars on a visit. You see how Economical
the [they?] are, dear Richard. Enclosed is Edward's
letter which contains news of the most painful kind.
The death of dear George, I fear he was heart broken,
but when I learn the particulars I will write you, in
the meantime it will give me pleasure to hear from you.
I would write John but I do not know his address. I
have written him several times and have not received
a letter in return which caused me to suppose he had
moved. I hear of you all through E. Mowritz who
writes often. Mary Moats has a houseful of young
ladies and young men. I wish I could see you all, all
young [---?] are well and unite with me in kind love to
you, Mary & Robert & all the family

and believe me dear Richard
your same Old Aunt Sarah

Holmes County
January 10th 1852

P.S. I have just rec'd [received?] a letter from
E. Mowritz, she is most anxious for me to send for
her. Poor girl she little knows how hard it is for
females without a father to get along in this Country,
close hard work and in many instances looked upon as
hirelings. None but the assuming have any share in
this little place. The [they?] talk about the equality
of the South but I assure you the Lexington folk are as
aristocratic as the [they?] know how, it would take at
least one hundred dollars to bring her here and what
would I do with [her?]. To pay board would be out of
my power it is true I have saved a little but I am
advanced in life and may not be able long to do for
myself and to be thrown a dependant on friends I never
will, She says if I send for her she will pay again
that I would never look for if I had any prospect for
her when here. I have paid eight dollars per month for
very indifferent accommodation. My bed room had neither
fire nor glazed window in a cold winter morning it was
any thing but pleasant but it was the best I could do
and therefore must submit. Seasons are much changed
here. The winter fully as cold as [---?] them in
Ireland but not so long. Kossuth is making a great
sensation in this country. He seems to have superseded
Jenny Lind. The [they?] are perfectly carried away
in behalf of him. Dear Richard I wish you to write and
give me your [advice?], will I or not make an effort
to bring E. Mowritz out here. I have stated my
Situation to you precicely [precisely?] as it is but
poor Orphant [orphaned?] child my Heart Sympathizes
for her if I had her here might take a school in the
Country and have her as an assistant which would be
[ve---?] [---?] but it would be doing a duty. Every
letter I receive [from?] her makes me unhappy for a
length of time. She said in her last she could get L16
[œ16?] per year in Dublin. That is nearly as much as
I am now receiving for teaching (say one hundred
dollars?) and it takes it all to keep me genteely [genteelly?]
dressed as I am Obliged to be amongst such people
as I live with and every article double the price
of what it is at home. Dear Richard this is rather an
uninteresting letter but I struck on a subject that
interests me at present and you must excuse me
May the great god bless you all
is the prayer of your aunt
January 15th 1852

[Enclosed with her letter was a letter from her nephew,
Edward Shaw?]