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Title: A.M. Staveley, Sunnyside to "My Dear Sister"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, Alexander M/32
SenderStavely, Alex M.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationclergyman
Sender Religion
OriginSunnyside, New York? USA?
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1792/E: Deposited by the late Rev. J.C.K. Armour and the Rev. J.S.S. Armour
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9909298
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 05:10:99.
Word Count541
TranscriptSunnyside Nov. 30 1892

My Dear Sister
We are quite sorry to
hear that you have been so poorly. and
as the [Chronicle?] came this morning
addressed by Sister Anne, [finds?] that you
are not yet quite better. I hoped the
next news will be good news. I have
nothing of special importance to write
but wish to express our sympathy
and hope that you will soon
be restored to usual health.
Advancing years bring infirmities
and remind us that the end will
sooner or later come. The good
business of life ought to be
preparing for death, and if we
can only say with the Apostle
"To me to live is Christ" all will
be well at last...
Margaret went down on Thursday to
spend the day with Mr. & Mrs. [Cromie?]
at Kellswater. I had a funeral
to attend and could not then
go, but she remained over night
and I went for her on Friday and we
returned here that evening. [W Cromie?]
has sore throat and is not very
well. I expected him to go to Larne
on next Sabbath, and I had
engaged to supply some day for
him, but he writes me that he will
not be well enough to leave home
So I expect to fulfil the
appointment myself. We are to
spend this evening with the Beggs
family at our Post Office. They
are very kind friends and greatly
interested in Mr. Ramsey who
generally stops with them when
here. I saw him at a Church
meeting in Belfast when he was
returning en route for Ballymoney
but had no opportunity for a
conversation. I learned however
that he had been in St John
and did not bring so much
money as it was hoped he
would have with him as
the result of his visit to America.
I suppose his people will regret that
he did not extend his visit, as the
name he had gained would have
introduced him favourably when
applying for more help.
The weather here is very cold and
[------?] and our Mary [---?] complaining.
W. [William?] [Shepton?] was quite poorly
at the time of communion
a fortnight ago, and unable
to be with us on Sabbath,
but he seems to be better now.
I [---?] even out from Saturday
last till Monday morning
He does not complain of
toothache just now and
appears to be in good health
Our new help gives us a worthy
substitute for poor Bella. The
lady she has been with in London
wrote that Bella had given
her notice that she would leave
at the end of the month as she
intended returning to Ireland
We infer from a reference in the Lady's
not that the man Scale is still
in London. Probably by this time
Bella has learned that "the way
of transgressions is hard"
Now it is neither clear nor
dark, but I will be able
to post this hasty note for
the six o clock mail
and I hope it will find
you tomorrow morning
Rejoicing in the goodness of
God which endureth continually.
With loving regards to
Sister Anne & yourself -
and many thanks for many
favours. I am, as ever
very affectionately

Your brother
A M Staveley