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Title: William J. Stavely, Philadelphia to "My dear Mother", Belfast
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/11
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1558/1/8/9: The Papers of William John Campbell Allen, Deposited by the Late F.D. Campbell Allen Esq., 15 London Road, Harrow-on-the-hill, Middlesex
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland
Doc. No.9911005
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 01:11:99.
Word Count483
Transcript156 North 9th St
June 1st 1877

My dear Mother
Your letter of the 12th
Ult came dearly to hand last
week I do not know how it is
when longer time than usual
passes without my hearing
from you I never suppose
you are dead or that any
other calamity has befallen
you I suppose it is constitutional
with some to suppose the
worse You can always make
your mind easy when a
longer time than usual
passes without hearing from
me that nothing is wrong
or you would certainly have
heard it. I do not know
that I have anything special
to say unless it be to wish
you a pleasant trip to Wales
along with Aunt I am glad
to know that Aunt is in such
good health and hope you will
both enjoy yourselves. Never
having seen Wales before you
will doubtless find much to
interest you and I hope you
will allow no foolish imaginations
about me to interfere
with your enjoyment. To be
among the mountains such
weather as we are now having
would be fine but then it
is not to be supposed that
it is so warm with you
The thermometer stands in the
shade during the day at
from 90ø to 96ø. Pretty hot work
walking through that all day
and so it is but then it is
very pleasant even though it does
turn one as brown as a berry
The sun never kills anyone
unless they drink spirits which
I do not indulge in
I see by the paper received
yesterday that Mr Cunningham
is dead I suppose however
that his business will be
carried on the same as
usual. I had hoped to send
you a remittence for interest
before this but things having
gone so against me have
been obliged to pospone [postpone?]
it I need scarcely say I regret
this but things having gone so
against me I have no
option in the matter
I am sorry to hear that Dr. H.
is again in poor health. With
all his honors I dont envy
him and would not if I could
exchange my robust health for
his fine position coupled with
his shatered [shattered?]
constitution I never loose hope
that things turn out right for me yet
and that I shall yet be in
as good a position as any
of my friends. You ask how I
pass my evgs [evenings?]. Well
usually lounging about or reading
I do so much walking during the day that
active exercise in the evg [evening?] is
out of the question.
New Potatoes, Green Peas, Strawberries
etc etc are now abundant in this
market are they in general
use with you yet. I suppose
with your absence that the [B?].
lay land garden will be rather
neglected this season But
I have really nothing to say
and as post time is up I
must conclude With usual
love to all

I remain
Your attached Son
William J. Stavely