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Title: William J. Weir, Fresno, California, to Annie Weir, Birmingham
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWeir, William J/6
SenderWeir, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarm labourer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginFresno, California, USA
DestinationBirmingham, Michigan, USA
RecipientWeir, Annie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mrs Linda Weir, Tirmacspird, Lack, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 OSA.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9906080
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 18:06:99.
Word Count577
NoteN.B. William and Annie were engaged at intervals
TranscriptFresno February 5. 89.

Dear Cousin
I once more take the
opportunity of writing in answer to
your ever welcome letter which I recieved
[received?] some time ago and was glad to
find by it that you were well hoping
that the arrival of these few
lines will find you enjoying the
same blessing as it leaves me at
present. I daresay you will think
I have forgotten you by this time
but I have been on business. I have
sold my team and is out in the
country 4 miles from town I made
a very good sale I worked them a
year and made 40 dollars profit on them
business had got very black in town
owimg to the heavy rainfalls I had
not been feeling very well for [torn]
greatest part of the winter so I thought
a whiles change into the country air
would do me good but I have to
work pretty hard here Driving 4 horses
scraping and levelling land for vineyard
we have to get up and feed our teams at
5 oc [o clock?] have breakfast at 6, and go to
work at 6.30 work to it is dark at
night I have been out here about
3 weeks the hardest of the work will
soon be over the weather here is
very fine it is so hot in the middle
of the day that we cannot wear our
vests we are right at the foot
of the Sierra Nevada range of
mountains it is only about 8 miles
up to where the line of perpetual
snow we can see it above us all
the time I had a letter from
home some time ago they are
all well Chad Clement is home
from America he says he is
wife hunting I guess you remember
the the (sic) time he striped [stripped?] the
flax in your meadow what a jolly time
we had, if only we could just have
the pleasure of meeting once more
to discuss the past
what would I not give to wander
where my old companions dwell
absence makes the heart grow fonder
My own true love fare (sic) you
I feel very lonesome since I came
out here on the ranch but I
dont intend to stop in this valley
longer than april if possible
I will go about 40 mile north
and work in the mountains in
the lumber although I have done
very well here since I have been here
I have made $1100 dollars in 1 year and
11 months I am getting 35 dollars
here and 10 dollars per month rent for
my house so I cannot complain
very much so far
My brother David is wanting me to go
out to him all the time but
think I will try my luck this summer
and after that I will bid adieu to the
golden west this is a fine climate
everything that could be desired
only the people are so miserable
and selfish I hope I shall see the day
when I shall have a home of my
own and a cosy little wife to cheer
when my days work is done I
have not much to say tonight as
it is getting late and chinaman
wants the light to go to bed he
is our cook please give my best
respects to Bella and ask her to
excuse me for not writing
I remain your Sincere Friend
and Lover
William J. Weir

Cal [California?]
(Box 264)
Miss Annie Weir
please write soon