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Title: Margaret Stavely, U.S. to "Dear James".
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, Margaret/18
SenderStavely, Margaret
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMineral Point, Wisconsin, USA
RecipientStavely, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1835/27/5/1: Presented by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310595
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C McK., 20:10:199
Word Count944
TranscriptLetter from Margaret Stavely,
Mineral Point, [U.S.A.],

to "Dear James" [perhaps James Stavely]

Mineral Point July 23rd 1855

Dear James,
Your long and affectionate letter of June 7th I
received about two weeks since there were two reasons for not
answering it at the time, the first was Joseph was so very sick
with the Billious and Worm Fevers, I had no heart for writing,
and the second was I was waiting for the arrival of the
California Mail which was behind time, and I knew that you were
particularly anxious about hearing from William there was no use
writing you by return of post as I knew nothing about him last
accounts were April the 22nd I have just now received two letters
dated June 10th very desponding [?] indeed for want of water [?]
if this could be obtained William would be able to make from five
to eleven dollars per day, you may judge how slight he has done I
have never received a cent from him since Easter last year, I do
not know what I should do if it was not for the money which you
sent me from my Uncle McConkey, I am just to write one more letter
to William unless further advised he is now in Mountain Springs
Placei [?] County California. I should have wished you and Annie
sooner a great deal of happiness by the addition of a young
daughter to your family who I expect by this time is called Mary
may she prove a blessing to her parents is my fervent wish, I am
very glad as Annie increases the number she is always getting
stronger, I do not covet her, her happiness and comfort blessed
with a husband beside her, a father, and plenty of friends near
to her and poor me in a strange land and amongst strangers who
know no more than the cattle in the field, but the Almighty will I
hope take care of us as he has done before, little did I think
fifteen years ago I had to come through so many troubles and
trials, there certainly must have someone wished us ill when we
were joined together but the Will of the Lord be done he is still
able to raise us up, and if he thinks fit he will do something to
enable us to visit our Native Land once more. If I should return
here again to please William though I hate the country in my very
heart, here we are without a minister that can preach one real good
Sermon no good Schools sometimes there is a school for three months
in the year and what good will that do children, our children, our
children are very backward in education my friends all seem to think
I ought to instruct them myself were they in my place they would
think they had quite enough to do without that, I have no servant,
wash, sew, labour my own garden in which there is nearly an acre of

ground, and in fact everything that is requisite to do about the
house and yet not very strong being a great sufferer Piles and
disease of the heart but there is no use in tiring you with this
any longer, tomorrow (if I live so long) I will be thirty-nine which
is getting to be an old woman. I think it very strange you not
having received acknowledging the money you sent me in March it came
safe to land for which I am oblidged to my Uncle McConkey and you
for your trouble, I am apaid shall never be able to repay either of
you. There have been a great many mail robberies lately in this
country that might account for my apparent neglect, there was My
Sister, Mrs. Hamilton Robert, Alexander, and several others I wrote
to and never received an answer, likely they will have been among
the robberies, the same mail which brought me your letter brought
me also from your father he like yourself is particularly anxious
about William and what must be my feelings here am I with three
children without a cent and he poor man doing all he can without
any sucess I have sent for him to return and sell this place if
I had means and friends near me I would not part with it. I would
be obliged to you if you would send this letter to your father for
a perusal as it would only be a repetition of what is here written
were I to write now, but if spared I will write to him himself when
I receive the next letter from William which he promised would be
shortly. You must excuse my blots and mistakes my hand is gone out
of practice and my eyesight is greatly failed. In all the letters I
received none of you mentioned the name of Elizabeth's husband. I
sent the receipt as you desired. I am very glad Annie is making
such rapid progress in her education. Could William not obtain a
situation for his family in his native country he never did any
thing disgraceful to prevent him, you are so well known now might
surely do something for a brother in the way of recommendation
that is as I ask. The children send their love to their Aunt and
cousins. Remember me affectionately to Anne, the children, Uncle
McConkey, Father, Sisters, Brothers and all friends. Be sure and
send this to Ballyboyland [Ballybolands?]. Will you be kind
enough to keep the postage of this letter out of the interest
when you receive it as I am not able to pay it now.

Whilst I remain your attached
though distant Sister
Margaret Stavely