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Title: Robert Smith [Smyth?], Philadelphia, to James Smith [Smyth?], Co. Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmith, Robert W/141
SenderSmith, Robert W
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionPresbyterian Check Jonathan And Jon. W, Robert And Robert W Presbyterian
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationMoycraig, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientSmith, James Sr
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1828/15: Presented by J.Steele, Mosside, Ballymoney, Co.Antrim
ArchiveThe Public Record Office Belfast
Doc. No.9501016
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 21:12:1994.
Word Count1609
TranscriptTo: James Smith [Smyth?] Moycraig to the
Care of the Mosside [Moss-side?] postmaster
County of Antrim Parish of
Derryceighan [Derrykeighan?]

From: Philada [Philadelphia?] April 7th 1840

Dear Parent. I take up my pen on receipt of
yours of the 1st January which I received on the
24th of March and was glad to hear of you all being
in good health your letter found me enjoying the same
blessing and these few lines leaves me in the same
hoping to find you all enjoying the same blessing
which is pleasanter than eny [any?] other earthly
comfort I was very Glad to see such improvement
in my fathers hand writing and to find it so
legable [legible?] as we do not make a publick [public?]
example of our letters in this country like you do in
Ireland I might find it dif[f?]icult to as I
recognised it to be the workmanship of my old
instructant M. Mcfadden I found no dif[f?]iculty
in under[s?]tanding the [w?]hole history althoug[h?]
no person saw it but myself however I am well satisfied
to have a letter from one I esteem so high but think
that my brother Wm. [William?] Smith mig[h?]t find
time to write to me when the rest is spending their
time at some frolicksome [frolicsome?] occupation although
he disap[p?]eared from my presence when I was taking
my leave of you all I have not forgotten him nor
his industrious habits I think it strang[e?] that
you never mention what my brother John is doing
I am also alarmed that you did not mention the loss
that Brother Jonathan met with it is a heart
rendering [rending?] sircumstance [circumstance?]
to have our best loved friends both skin and boady
[body?] fastened to a currier (sic) to drop as he
pleases I am all but in morning [mourning?] for his
wo[e?]ful condition when you write mention every
particular respecting the family for, bear in mind
I have not forgotten any of you I received my
brother James letter of september last and answered
it in a few lines in James Scotts letter to his parents
on receipt of hearing of his brother Ritchard
[Richard?] Death
I am well satisfied that Brother James
toock [took?] my advice as I have little more
experience in this wourld [world?] than him
although he is the oldest I would bet one hundred
Dollars that if he was to come to this Country this
season that against next spring he would be in debt
for his board for there is plenty of the labouring
Class in this City that is native borns that Can get
nothing to do and take my word for it that it would
be worse for green hoarns [horns?] for it is
dif[f?]icult for them to get employ at any time he
must not be so innocent as to think that I could
have a situation ready for him I am alarmed to think
that the Irish is so soft as to think that the[y?]
will get rich by coming to this country for it is one out
of ten that you will find eny [any?] improvement
respecting riches as you requested me to mention
anything that I would want I do not want anything
in particular there is meny [many?] a thing in Ireland
that would be of use here but you not knowing the
fashion of this country and no doubt you can find
enough to do with your money and I having always a
little among my hands I can purchase what I want to I
return home and then I will let you know what
would be of use in this country a few hundred Sovernsn
[Sovereigns?] of speice [specie?] would be of use as
the[y?] are selling very high now respecting
the little present to my unckle [uncle?] Wm. [William?] you
use your pleasure I mearly [merely?] hinted to him
that you was going to it but as the one I brought
with me was damaged you will require to have a base
round it You mention of my Grandfather talking of
me give my love to him and let him know that I hope
to see him once more before he seper [seperated?]
from among you to Join with the saints in heaven
I did not expect ever to see him when I parted him
in 1837 but I hope to see him end his day in peace
James Scott is got out of a situation on account of
the bad times his employer could not finn [find?]
work nor money for him he is rather in a delicate
state of health for the last too [two?] weeks but
is getting well this count[r?]y do[e?]s not suit him
he advises his brother Hugh against Coming out this
season as he is going home with me Wars and rumers
[rumours?] of wars things begin to loock [look?]
equally touching the Country question. The tone of
the recently published correspondance [correspondence?]
between secraty [secretary?] Forsyth and the british
Minister Mr Fox, is enything [anything?] but
affectionate. We note also some preparation for
defence A company of Artillers has been ordered to
Maine, and other reinforcements will follow on the
other side great activity preveal [prevails?] in
warlike Canada to the cheefs [chiefs?] of Indian
tribes in the North West, urging them by the promise
of presents to come down immediately and Join in
an ar[r?]angement for hostilities along the American
frountiar [frontier?]. have been received and
forwarded to washington if this be true it is high
time goverment [government?] was preparing for the
worst, the President we doubt not will doo [do?]
all in his power to preserve unsullied the integrity
and honour of the union. and the people ever are
equally sure will sustain him in a noble manner.
Much as we Depreciate [Deprecate?] war and deplore
the consequence thereof yet we cannot say that in this
instance a little brush with [torn] would be advantageous
in a national point of view. if we thorly [throughly?]
could get our necks from under the yoke of that most
ruthless of Despots. the money of powers of London
it would not a little justify the most pacific in
engaging with contest as for may [my?] part I will
tak [take?] to arms against great Britain and Ireland of
hoom [whom?] I was hearetofore [heretofore?] a subject
but have denounced that for ever and become a Citisen
[Citizen?] of the United States - let me give you a
scetch [sketch?] of the times heare [here?] as the[y?]
stand Everything here is dull, miserable, and glloomey
[gloomy?]. that is I mean Buisness [Business?] and
matters thereunto belonging - the w[e?]ather is fine
plesand [pleasant?] and glorious; the the (sic) sun is
shinning shining?][, ice is melting, birds are singing, bees are
hum[m?]ing, the mud is drying, trees are budding, frogs
are croacking, roses Blooming,rivers rising, steamboats
puffing, Creditors dunning, and Debtors running off to
Texas. if this do[es?] not satisfy you respecting the
times I will give you a fool [full?] description of
them in my next Please letter John Whites parents know
that he received a letter from his father and one from
his Brother Robert Mrs Neill received one from her son
Alex [Alexander?] Murphy the[y?] are all well and I
beleave [believe?] answering there [their?] letters
please let James Burnsides friends know that he came
in from the country to see me a few days ago and wishes
me to let his sisters know that he Declines sending for
them this season on account of the bad times he is
in good health and has engaged to stay another year
where he is When you write let me know where John
McFadden and andrew McElhose is and this address if
there has been eny [any?] account from them as i
intend to Write to them befoer [before?] I go home
I called in to see John Stewart a few days ago and
found that he has succe[e?]eed in sowing his seed in
fruitful land at last he has a young son three weecks
[weeks?] old by wife formerly Miss Sarah Hatter Give my
repects [respects?] to Wm. [William?] Campbell and my
advise to him against Coming out this Season my Unkle
[Uncle?] Robert is well and and (sic) I think in the
co[u?]rse of a short time he will be better of[f?]
than ever he was James Cethcart is gon[e?] to
farming Thomas Lindsay [Linsay?] is well give my
love to every individual that I may [torn] or
the[y?] be male or female attention me to J McCay
[MacKay?] Junior [?] and let him know that I was
glad to have a few lines from him and well
pleased with the few heartly laughs that wa in
the raper [were in the paper?] that Enclosed his
letter to me directed from forwarding which I did
I must finish wit[h?] few lines to my affectionate
Mother which I composed for this oc[c?]asion
Like flowers that softly bloom together
Upon one fair and gentle stem
Mingling their sweets to sunney [sunny?] weather
Till I myself have parted them.
So were we linked unto each other,
Sweet parents in my Childish Ower [hour?].
[?] or then one fond and gentle mother
To me was like the stem to flowers
She was the Golden Chane [chain?] that bound us
in one bright Chane [chain?] together there
Til[?] time uncloased [unclosed?] the coard [cord?] around us
and were [we are?] now parted far and near
I must conclude with hoping to see
you all in 1841 I remain your Affectionate and
dutiful Son with respect
Robert Smith [Smyth?]

NB when I wrote this letter I did not expect James
Scott to be the bearer but he toock [took?] a
sudden notion