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Title: William J. Stavely, Philadelphia to his sister Sarah.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileStavely, William J/40
SenderStavely, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1835/27/3/29: Deposited by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9310014
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C. R., 01:10:1993
Word Count527
TranscriptLetter from W. [William?] J. Stavely,
149 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, to
his Sister Sarah [address unknown]

149 North 4th Street
Philadelphia October 17 1902

My dear Sarah
I have now for some time been looking for a Mr.
Dickey to whom you wrote me you had intended a parcel for me
but have not for so far heard further of perhaps you can send
me his Philadelphia address that I can look him up
I would thank my Mother for the kind thought which
prompted the sending of such even though I should never
receive it. The [----?] of life have rubbed the sentimental
largely out of my make up I have imbibed the Americanism of
putting commercial value first. Let shaddows [shadows?] go
where all the substance has gone
I have not for so far discovered any thing
remarkable in my family. just crockery like the mass [sic].
For the fine China I am afraid you will have to look in some
other branch. They all however seem to have the knack of
making friends a quality which may perhaps stand them in just
as good stead as finer parts. They all had for two make a good
time this past [-------?] [sic] - It [----?] May laying in a
store of health for the winter on the shore of the same old
ocean as rolls by Portrush yet 3000 miles away. Do you ever
get down to the shore now. Portrush must be greatly changed
since I knew it. The Causeway how was the dispute settled
about it. I am not surprised to hear of A Hamilton being now
in South Africa. It was a leading subject of talk with him
when here. A place where through family connections family
influence bright openings awaited him the only surprise is
that with such prospects he should have been allowed to be
here without one cent to put against the either. What became
of his child?
Thanks for the photos and prints of the coronation
you forget however my wife is of German extraction English
affairs do not interest her rather the opposite The Dutch have
no liking for England a feeling which has not here improved by
her victory over the Boors [Boers?]. They would gladly have
keeped [kept?] Krugers if they could.
Mr. McCarrel would tell you he saw me shortly before
visiting you. They are certainly enjoying the [---?] of life.
Well life is but a see-saw perhaps the see-saw up may come my
way some day. It is a good thought that all of happiness is
not centered in a little material wealth "Atia [?] Cina [?]
stedit post equideui [?]" Those who have not may have a peace
of mind a contentment to which those who have are strangers.
My family are all well. The children hard at work at
school and seemingly holding their own as students. It is too
early in life to have any plans for any of them. Give them a
proud mind in a proud body their fortunes will care for
Ida unites with me in best wishes for Mothers health
and with a full share for yourself,
I remain
Your attached Brother
W. [William?] J. Stavely.
PS. Kisses to Grandma from the children