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Title: William J. Stavely, Philadelphia, to his Mother
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/30
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1835/27/3/27: Deposited by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310392
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 14:10:1993.
Word Count280
Transcript149 North 4th Street

Philadelphia July 24 1897
My dear Mother
Wonce [once?] again I have to congratulate you
on the increase of your Grand children. Another boy was
added to our family circle yesterday morning. This makes
the fourth in six years. Not a bad showing and I am glad
to say all good and healthy The last especially came
without a bit of trouble and was ready for its rations
before they were ready for it. I wish I could show them
to you the three eldest especially who are rappidly
[rapidly?] growing up. What ever else may be lacking I
have no reason to be ashamed of the youngsters I can
show when I take them out walking these summer evenings
Annie a little prime doll, Willie springing up like a
bean pole, Freddie a staunch as broad as long and yet
all three as like in features as well could be. Bed will
not hold Ida long this time as she already feels as
though able to be up and about again. I am very sorry to
know that your health is now so poorly as to keep you in
your room. What a change it must be for you not being
around the place these fine summer days. Janies hands
being tied with sickness around her own family must make
quite a difference around the place
With best wishes all round and hopping [hoping?]
you may yet be spared many years
I remain
Your attached Son
William J. Stavely

PS. For myself I enjoy usual good health and if business
is not as bright as it might be have reason to be thankful
that I have stood the hard times so well.