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Title: William G. Weir, Springbrook, USA My Dearest Mother, Banbridge, Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWeir, William George/17
SenderWeir, William George
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginSpring Brook, Penn., USA
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1948/3/7: Presented by P.J.V. Doake Esq., Glenlagen, Kinallen, Dromara, N Ireland
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9501359
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:01:1995.
Word Count1553
From: W[illia?]m Geo[rge?] Weir
Springbrook June 21st 1859
My dearest Mother,
I had your very kind letter on Friday last
(17th), one day after Papa's by C[i?]ty of Manchester and I
can assure you that I was very much delighted to hear from
you, knowing, as I do the difficulties which you have to
contend with and the sacrifices you have to make to be able
to write a letter at all You will see by that that I am still
at Mr George Stuart's [Stewart?] house, where I have spent a very
pleasant time I came down here from New York with Mr Stuart [Stewart?]
on Thursday the 9th and still continue here, You will perhaps
think that I am wearing out my welcome, but I was going to
leave on the following Monday and had my luggage down stairs,
when Mr Stuart [Stewart?] met me and said that it was all nonsense and
that I should wait and return to New York with him, as I
could not state any reason for returning, - especially as I
am in his employment, and there is nothing doing at this
season, I gladly remained and I think I do not give much
trouble as far as the domestic arrangements are concerned. I
sleep with G. H. Stuart [Stewart?] Junr [Junior?] instead of his
older brother, Willie who is travelling. Nothing can exceed the
kindnes of Mr and Mrs Stuart [Stewart?] and I get on very well with the
children, Willie set off on the Monday after I came here,
with his Uncle, Mr David Dennison, (who was at our house when
we were removing to Lisnabreeny, and remembers the Pic Nic
[Picnic?] of Potatoes under the large Lime tree in the Lawn).
Mr Stuart [Stewart?] had a telegram from them 2 days after they left
dated. "Rochester Pennsylvania" and containing the words,
"Trains came in collision at this place, we have escaped
without injury, " On learning further particulars it
transpired that through the carelessness of the driver
another train had ran into them smashing the carriages, and
injuring several of the passengers some very severely, and it
was considered wonderful that several lives were not lost. Mr
Stuart [Stewart?] had letters from them from Chicago Yesterday evening,
but they gave no further particulars It is Willie's account
of Chicago which he characterizes as a beautiful and busy
town, that occupies the most of the letter He intends to
penetrate from some distance into the west I liked Wm
[William?] D very much he is in many respects a kindred
spirit and we got on very well together, he is about 2 months
older and is a little taller than I am and yet he does not
look thin but is stout and active. Mr Stuart's [Stewart?] oldest
daughter called Ellen is about 14 she is very fat and no particular
figure especially about the feet, she has however a very good
face but too much filled up for her years. She is at that
stage of transformation from a boarding school girl to a
young lady and some of her views of thing[s?] are a little
romantic and high flown, but she will soon have more sense
and as she is agreeable and good natured I have no doubt but
that in a few years she will be greatly improved. The second
girl Mary or as she is called Dollie is about 13 and is a
wild good natured and playful girl who is liked by every one
and deserves to be she is a great favorite with her Papa. In
figure she is differant [different?] from her sister being
quite thin and her face is very animated and intelligent
looking George Hay Stuart [Stewart?] the second son is somewhat
older than brother John but you may be sure he is somewhat more
intelligent than most Irish boys at [of?] his age commonly
are. I don't know if you were aware that this child suffered
greatly from Paralyses [Paralysis?], about a year 1/2 ago he
could not move hand and foot and was taken to the sea at
Atlantic City and in 3 weeks he could walk, and now he is all
right with the exception of a slight stiffness in the back of
his neck, he is a very fine boy and says he is going as a
missionary to India to join Dr Duff, whom he remembers
stopping at his fathers House. Little Frank is a lively
little fellow, but very mischievious [mischievous?] and full
of tricks, he is about the age of Anna, The baby beats Janes
one completely and is just about the same age I never saw
such a large child and so good natured, but all the younger
children have the hooping [whooping?] cough at present, not
so severely as ours had it however. The two young ladies go
to a boarding school in Philadelphia and come home every
Friday evening returning in the following Monday morning Mrs
Stuart is a comfortable matronly looking woman and she seems
to wear well Her mother Mrs Dennison is stopping with her
she is a very active and somewhat stiff and correct old lady,
but she is kinder than would seem from her manner Mrs Stuart's
[Stewart?] sister Mre Rumsey [Ramsey?] and her husband stop with them
through the summer months she is much like her sister her
husband is rather a dried up little man. I had begun to give
a description of the place in my last letter but was obliged
to come to rather an abrupt conclusion as Mr Stuart was going
home sooner than I expected I thought it would be better to
send the letter as it was than to omit sending it altogether.
I am going to New York tomorrow with Mr Stuart. As a place
of residence I should infinitely prefer Philadelphia from
several causes but of course I entertain no idea of changing
as My businessis in New York. James Smyth has been very kind
to me and has taken me all over the City I was glad to see
him in this strange Place and he was more warmly affectionate
than I thought him capable of being. I don't know what to say
relative to his getting married at first He entirely denies
"the Soft impeachment", but now he says "What would I do with
a wife? People will drive me to marry out of Spite if they
don't hold their tongues." I think that he has paid
particular attention to this Miss Steiner and people have
talked so much about it, although as yet I dont think they
are engaged James sends his kind rememberances
[remembrances?] to you. I like the young men in the store at
Philadelphia very well and Mr Small is quite Paternal I
suppose you know that I board in the same house with him. I
pay 5 dollars #1 per week for a small room About 10 f[ee?]t
by 4 containing chair & a wash hand stand. And a considerable
number of fine bugs whic[h?] make nightly excurtions
[excursions?] out of the wall and seem to enjoy my fresh
Irish blood. The food seems also very disagreeable to me as
it is always overdone. I intend to try to improve my
condition in this respect when I return. James Smyth lives as
well as he could do in a fine large room and pleasant
situation here for 6 dollars, but living is much cheaper in
Philadelphia than in New York. I have not as yet decided what
congregation I will join as I have not heard many differant
[different?] preachers as yet. I like Dr thompson Mr James
Stuarts [Stewart?] minister very well, I have often been at the
Prayer Meetings held at Noon, both here and as [at?] New York and
always feel the better after it. The spirit of God seems
present in an extraordinary degree and the prayers and
addresses of some of the speekers [speakers?] are very
earnest. I was at the famous tent of the Young Men's
Christian Association on Sunday last, it is wonderful the
conversions that have taken place there, it is pitched in the
worst districts in the City, and many coming in for curiosity
are convicted bifore they go out. I heard the keeper speak in
the Sanson St [Street?] prayer meeting today he was formerly
an avowed infidel and was converted in the tent. We are all
delighted to hear from Ireland of the Revival there I hope
the movement will continue and spread. "God seems to be
pouring out his spirit on the earth in abundant measure." I
trust they will be able to Raise sufficient at Castlereag
[Castlereagh?] to build the Drs [Doctors?] Manse the people
are rather coming out there I intend to write some time soon
to the Dr. There is some talk of Drs [Doctors?] Cook and
Edgar coming out here in the autumn, is there anything of it?
Old "Dady" said nothing to me about it in the boat when our
conversation related to America Mrs & Mr G H. Stuart desire
their very kindest rememberances [remembrances?] to you & my
father Mrs [T?] says she calls to mind with pleasure the happy
days she spent with you.
And now I must conclude With kindest love
Your affectionate son
Wm [William?] George Weir