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Title: Eliza Anne Thompson, Newry to Davison McDowell, S. Carolina.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileThompson, Eliza Anne/142
SenderThompson, Eliza Anne
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNewry, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationGeorgetown, S.Carolina, USA
RecipientMcDowell, Davison
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2305/16: Presented by South Carolina Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9404145
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 20:04:1994.
Word Count554
Approv'd on the 28th Feb 1817
Davison McDowell Esq.
George Town [Georgetown?]
South Carolina

My Dr [Dear?] Davis
Once more I take up my
pen to communicate melancholy news, it is my unhappy
fate, to have nothing pleasing to write.

On the 24th Sept. my Dr [Dear?] John breathed his last -
my beloved child has been in a Decline, five months past, and at
last, slept [slipped?] away without a sigh - he is early gone
to reap the fruits of an innocent well spent life - I have
one consolation [amidst?] my heartrending sufferings,
that his misconduct never call'd a blush to the cheek
of his [disconsolate?] Mother - I leave you to judge my Dr [Dear?]
Davis, how I stood those scenus [scenes?] - after my recent loss, in
the death of my much lamented William - nothing but
Divine aid [?] have supported me under such
trials, and to that Divine will [?] with resignation
my Dr [Dear?] Boy never appear'd the least impatient, he
could not let me out of his sight, for the Past six weeks
night or Day, and as few moments before his decease he prayed
that the Almighty would support his dear Mother, and relieve
him, his Father and Robt. [Robert?] were an hundred and thirty miles
distant at this time in County Rosscommon [Roscommon?], and totally out
of their power to see him either living or dead - In your
last letter to which I wrote a reply the next week you say
those the Lord loveth he chastneth, if so, I trust I am a
belov`d child, perhaps nothing less would have brought
one to a proper sense of my duty if I had not errd [erred?] greatly,
my punishment would not have been so severe,
I lov'd my Children to excess, and in their loss I am to be
chastis'd - but, shall I mourn the lot of Angels, shall
I lament that a weight of glory is fallen on thou I lov'd
No, I should rather rejoice in the prospect of rejoining them
and being a p[?]taker -

You see my friend I am endeavouring to draw some
comfort from my own reflections - I see nothing around
me to give the smallest pleasure - which we are deprived
of comfort in this world, we must look up to a better -
It is very selfish to detain you so long, from pleasure
& happiness, with my grief, but as it is a relief to the
troubled mind - I trust you will excuse me - this a sorrowful
letter for a young person to read - therefore
will finish it, by requesting a few lines to know how
my dear relatives in Charleston are - I think they
might write me a few lines even in your letter
as it is likely it is all of them will ever have the happiness [of?]
seeing, my Dr [Dear?] Davis may they, or you, never feel such
sorrow as is the [?] of your Sincerit [sincerest?] very
Eliza, Robert and [?] Affectionate Friend
And Children desire [you?] Eliza, Anne Thompson
Oct. 10th 1816

P.S. I had almost forgot to
let you know [a?] [ource?]
trouble - as [ti?] [aying?]
seldom sorrow [com?] [one?]
the day before yesterday Robt. [Robert?] and his Father were sent
home, without [being?] paid for what they [?] even -
there was no [re?] sign'd –