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Title: William J. Stavely, Philadelphia, to his Mother
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/9
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1835/27/3/19: Presented by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310741
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 26:10:1993.
Word Count612
Transcript126 North 9th Street
April 19th 1879

My dear Mother
It may [----?] some time since you last heard from me
but if you knew the uneventful life I had you would not be
surprised at the weeks passing by without my taking up the
pen to write to you. It is folly however to suppose in this
account that something has happened to me. I never am sick
and there is no use anticipating such evils until they come.
You will see by my address I have lately made a change in
residence. The house I was living in the landlord took into
his head to turn into a store and all had to leave. The
Stocks gave up housekeeping and went boarding and as I had
always been comfortable with them I moved along they only
going a few squares away (1233 Filbert Street) and still in
the heart of the City. The address I gave you is his office
which I use living there more or less every day.
This has been Easter week and kept more or less as a
holiday. The native Americans do not mind it but the German
and English portion of the community keep up their old
country communications of the time. The weather however has
been unfavourable for outdoor amusements it having been all
the time cold and for the worst part wet. In the ajoining
[adjoining?] State of New York they have had the heaviest
Snowstorm of the season which accounts for the cold. Today
gives signs that the storm is passed and more genial weather
at hand. In another week or two the trees will be in full
bloom although they yet give no sign of life. Already the
markets are being supplied with Spring and Summer delicacies
from the Southern States. New Potatoes, Tomatoes,
Strawberries, etc., are now to be had but they are held at
prices which only the rich can afford. I am sorry to find you
have still such poor reports of Sarah. It would seem as
though if anything could be done for her that some of the
many Dr.s [Doctors?] she has been with should have found it
out by this time I can only hope some good results may come
from her visit to Derry. It entails heavy expense but I am
powerless to assist all through the winter I have done
nothing more than make expenses. If there are brighter days
ahead they have yet to show themselves. Mary Chigston's
marriage is certainly an event and may in her case ilustrate
[illustrate?] the saying that after all the storms there
comes a calm. I note the various social events and changes
you mention in your last letter Ballymoney and Bally[----?]
people seem to have their full share of family changes. I

hope A. Hamilton recovered his health by his voyage and will
be able to retain it. Aunt Langbridge being laid aside from
business, it P[---?] aside she is will be a serious loss to
her family [sic]. I hope Jamie and all her family are well
Stavely going to school at the Ganaby [?] shows that they at
least do not stand still. I hope the garden will not prove
completely ruined by the winters storms but that it will
still afford you much health and pleasure in making it assume
its summer appearance. I was not aware you had been so ill
during the winter I hope for all your trials your health and
life may be long spared. I do not know of any new to interest
so with usual love and hoping better news may soon be both
crossing and recrossing the Atlantic.
I remain
Your attached son
William J. Stavely