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Title: William J. Stavely, Philadelphia, USA, to his Mother
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/6
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1835/27/3/18: Presented by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310740
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 26:10:1993.
Word Count635
Transcript156 North 9th Street
Philadelphia March 8th 1879

My dear Mother
It seems quite a time since I last wrote you having put
off from week to week doing so through want of any thing
[anything?] special to write about. We have had a long
protracted and severe winter the streets not having been
free from snow and ice since the week before Christmas but
now we are again having a prospect of again enjoying genial
weather today being mild enough to be without an overcoat
although March with its proverbial changefulness may yet
have in store for us a few more Northern blasts. It has been
as far as I am concerned a poor business season having
scarcely been able, when the needful was provided for, to
hold my own. With the advent of spring weather, however, we
hope for brighter times.
I had hoped before this to have been able to render you
some promising assistance in your troubles but indeed it is
still out of my power as I never seem to have a $20 bill in
my pocket that I can call my own there always being some
claim to swallow it up. However I may find it in the future
it seems for the last few years as if things went by
contraries and ones hopes and wishes were never realized
I am sorry to find by your letter that Sarah's knee shows no
signs of improvement. It does seem as though it were a
prominent injury. I can only hope for the best and by keeping
up her health and spirits lighten the [-----?] of affliction
and perhaps [------?] the cause. What of the Macfarlands I
hope you have got your share of their trouble wound up and
that that cause of anxiety is removed. How does your health
keep and have you been able to avoid having colds this severe
winter for it seems by the papers that you have been having
an unusual spell of wintery weather. Thanks for the various
papers which have from time to time come to hand. I see
death is still living in your neighbourhood as I notice the
removal of Rev [Reverend?] Anderson. What of Tolands are
they still living at Brookville. I should think it would be
now too lonely [?] for only the Mother and Daughter. What
of the Stavely family. With the several Church [-------?]
and us young men to fill them it would seem as though Uncle
would stand a chance of getting settled there if he is
[----?]. I am glad to know that Dr. H. [?] has improved by
his journey to India. How are all his family. I am not
surprised to hear that James and John Scott have not been
able to pull together and that the latter has started for
New Zealand. He will find life there somewhat different

from Belfast but by all accounts it is a fine country
especially for those who go in for a pastoral life. How
is Jamie and his family. I suppose the elder members of his
family are now quite out of babyhood and ready for school
taking a hand in the active work about the house of [and?]
farm. That Mr. Brown's ankle is now quite better is a cause
for thankfulness. How does Ballymoney Church prosper now
that it has a [---?]inate organisation and a minister all
to itself. Garden work will now be claiming you attention
I hope you will find the trees and plants not as much
ignored by the past as you feared. Country folk here are
anticipating a large fruit harvest this summer. But I must
close hoping you are all well and with usual love all round.
I remain PS I continue to enjoy
W. [William?] J. Stavely usual good health