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Title: Bell Weir, California to "Dear Sister"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWeir, Isabella/50
SenderWeir, Isabella (Bell)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationasylum attendant
Sender ReligionEpiscopalian
OriginStockton, California, USA
DestinationMichigan, USA
RecipientWeir, Annie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mrs Linda Weir, Tirmacspird, Lack, Co.Fermanagh, BT93 OSA.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9906147
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 30:06:99.
Word Count556
TranscriptStockton Sept 9th 1890

Dear Sister
I went to the post office this
afternoon and got your letter It did
me lots of good as I was suffering from
one of my blue spells you may say I got
a soft job when I tell you all I have to
do is to go on duty at ten I have every
other evening off until that time The
first round I see that all the doors
are locked and ring an electric clock
that is on each ward to show you
visited there whether you waited to
do more than ring the bell or not
They have temporary beds that the [they?]
use every night so we do not have
to visit any patients room for the
purpose of waiting on them if the [they?]
are suicidal They are muffed & belted
and put in an open room The [They?] call
them pen rooms where the doors are all made
of straight slats so you can see plainly
through them without opening the door
all the waiting I have to do on them
is give them a drink once in a while
I never dip my hand in water except
to wash my face well you say that
just suits you it does to perfection
We have a diningroom for attendants
where they have quite nice food Then
at Twelve when we get back from
our first round I visit 11 Wards
and do it half an hour The
nightwatchman is married a very
nice man I am real sorry he is
as I like him very much he builds
the fire for us and we have beefsteak
and mutton chops to cook which we
like we have our own tea and coffee
that is the nightwatch have the
privelege [privilege?] of taking anything
the [they?] want we have lots of water
melon The nightwatchman likes them and
found out that I like them too
So he puts one on the ice every
morning it is just nice to eat
at night There is about six
hundred lady patients The
lowest pay the [they?] give here is
thirty doll I have a lovely
room furnished elegantly
with a handsome Brussels
carpet on the floor I am
not sorry I left pontiac with
all its endearments Willie
was up to see me one day last
week Gentlemen nightwatchmen
I believe get sixty doll Oh I
have just fell in love with
this place I am quite surprised
to hear of so many changes but
do not blame If I give up my
old friends I have lots of new
ones I do not care to write to
[Justes?] I believe that she just
ached to get Hall 12 I wish her
lots of success If I like it here
and in the course of time get
you a place would you think
of coming out here Willie is quite
anxious to have you come I am
looking for a letter from home
I got that letter you spoke of
and was pleased to get so much
news I have that ring of [Lon?] but
she has one of my pictures my
pen is real poor I hardly know
whether you can read this or not
it is drawing towards four
so I must close Hoping to hear
from you soon Bell