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Title: Matthew Brooks, Philadelphia to his sister, [Co. Tyrone?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBrooks, Matthew/32
SenderBrooks, Matthew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationCo.Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientClark, Rebecca
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2700/6: Copied by Permission of Rev. Canon J. H. Gebbie BA, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007163
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:02:1994.
Word Count647
TranscriptPhiladelphia november [the?] 6th 1872

Dear sister i now rite [write?] you lines to let
you know that i am in [a few?] pretty good
health at present and i hope when
you receive this letter it will find you
and the family all enjoying the same
blessing i received margarets letter in due
time after date and i was glad to see
that you were all well but i was to see
that our neabour [neighbour?] james simpson son was no more
it appears that he lived but a short time
after loosing [losing?] tagishill Dear sister i would
have wrote to you sooner but i expected
to take the first letter you would receive
in my pocket with me but i have some
reasons for not paying you a visit before
now the discount is getting higher on our
paper mony [money?] and besides that one of our
saving funds burst the time of the war
[and?] i had 250 dollars in it we have
it now in the supreme court
And we have had two trials on it
the Judges has all the depositors books
before them and after all the [they?] have never
gave their desioon [decision?] in favour of the
depositors i belive [believe?] the Judges to be
as great raskals [rascals?] as the diretors [directors?] that
robed [robbed?] the instution [institution?] a great many
thinks the Judges is bribed some of my
acquaintance that had money in it is still
in hopes but i have very little hopes of it
but i intend to take a trip over to see
yous all before long i intend to spend
the rear of my days either in urney
or scarvagherin our friend robert clark
had a very severe Attack of the smalpox [smallpox?]
this spring he was all covered over from
the crown of his head to the sole of his feet
his tung [tongue?] was even swold in his head
when he took the disease Ann sent for me
to assist her in taking care of him i sit
up with him every night from he took it
untill [until?] he recovered it give ann a chance
to get her sleep At night
the docter [doctor?] requested he was to be kept
very warm i had a stove at the [?] [?]
that i kept warm all night i at-ded [attended?] to him
with midison [medicine?] and hot drinks throu [through?] the

night according to the docters [doctor's?] directions
there was a Mrs hunter lived next door to them
and she was very kind to ann she went
to the pothcares [apothecary?] for midison [medicine?] and to the
stores for every thing [everything?] she wanted
had it not been for Mrs hunter and me it is
hard to tell what might have been the
consequence i left there some mornings to
go home to get a sleep and i was afraid
when i would return in the evening that
he would be a dead man all the acquaints [acquaintances?]
he had never came in to [into?] the house more than
if it was on fire during his ilnes [illness?] he got
over it and What was best of all [Mr?] smith
there owns the brewery where he works
sent him his pay every saturday night
the same as if he had been at work
that was 15 dollars per week
I have heard nothing from nancy [?]
for these last 12 months the last i heard
from her she was living out in the
neaborhood [neighbourhood?] with John in lancaster
County Mrs caldwels [Caldwell's?] dauters [daughters?] has put
a beautyful [beautiful?] headstone to their mothers
grave i heard some time ago that the
reverand [reverend?] Mr clarks health was somewhat
impaired when you write let me know
if it be so I have nothing more to
mention at present but still
remains your affectionate brother
Matthew brooks