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Title: Isabella Weir, Stockton, Cal. to "Dear Sister".
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWeir, Isabella/32(3)
SenderWeir, Isabella (Bell)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationabout to get married
Sender ReligionEpiscopalian
OriginStockton, California, USA
DestinationMichigan, USA
RecipientWeir, Annie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mrs Linda Weir, Tirmacspird, Lack, Co.Fermanagh, BT93 0SA
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9906067
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:06:99.
Word Count727
Transcript Stockton June 10th 1891

Dear Sister
I recieved [received?] yours
a few days ago I am in
Stockton still but we intend
to go to San Francisco to live
for a while I think perhaps
we will be married next
month he has a good trade
Can average about 80 or ninty [ninety?]
Doll [Dollars?] per month that ought
to keep two from beggary
please do not tell Willie
about it he would be sure
to make so much fun of me
So Sadie is married to Duke
at last I suppose Maggie
will be next give Mrs Kelly
my love I do not feel like
writing to any one but you
you know what a poor
correspondent I am I had
no letter from Willie in some
time but expect one daily
you spoke of sending
me some white dresses
I will try and get along
for a while with my sateen
It is not the material that
costs so much it is the
making I shall have to
pay 5 Doll to have it made
I think it would be made
just as good in the East for
2« or three at most my hat
would not have cost more
than four at most in
the East today The heat
is nearly oppressive They
are harvesting and about
through haying The sprinkling
carts are out but it is
(sic) but the dusts blows just
fearful I am glad you
dont disapprove of what
I intend doing time will
decide if it is for the
best I shall go home
sometime and that time may
not be so far distant
as we imagine what is
Willie and you going to
do Stay at home I think
he is foolish for
going he is doing so
well here he could soon
have a start made that
would not compel him to
work all his days California
has been favoring him
since he has visited her
shores I saw the Fire Engine
go out a few evenings ago
The [They?] had more facination
[fascination?] for me than the
fire The team was a large noble
looking one coming with
lightening [lightning?] speed The
fire flying from the
engine which the [they?] light
as the [they?] leave the house
I do not wonder he likes
it The close confinement
is the only unpleasant
part of it and what is
our lives we have both
shadow and sunshine
mixed I tell you ranching
as the [they?] call it that is
working as a farm hand
has its drawbacks he mad [made?]
it so pleasant for me when
I visited him in Fresno
are you going this month
I will send that change
you sent to me with willie
and am so thankful
for it It was very
opportune will you take
the old trunk home from
Uncle Bobs for Fathers
sake it is very dear to me
will you bid them goodbye
I will go back perhaps
before a great while I
think I told you my
favourite is from the
State of Illinois The
World Fair is to be held
in Chicago in ninty [ninety?] three
I intend going back then
if not before If I go there
I will see Michigan before
I come back but all
this lies in the future
which God alone knows
do not write home to them
anything particular
about me I am sorry I
cannot go home and
see Mother but I will
sometime I expect
a letter very soon from
there now you remember
how green and childish
you and me were we thought
we would not stay long
in yankee land but we
changed our minds I would
like so much to cross the
sea with you but it is
decreed otherwise and if we
perchance may meet no more
again in this life I trust
I shall live so to meet you
in the next I am a little
troubled with catarrh in
my throat I think you
used to have it are
you entirely well of it
now When Willie writes
to me he may let me
know when he is coming
So Mr Wood is at Kalamazoo
he is still engineering
I suppose I can think
of little more to write about
this time but hope to
hear from you again
before you start now
Goodbye from your
Sister Isabella Weir

Markel St
Cala [California?]