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Title: William J. Weir, California to Annie Weir, Michigan
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWeir, William J/10
SenderWeir, William J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarm labourer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCalifornia, USA
DestinationBirmingham, Michigan, USA
RecipientWeir, Annie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Eetained by Mrs. Linda Weir, Tirmacspird, Lack, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 OSA
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9904204
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 23:04:99.
Word Count542
NoteN.B. William and Annie were engaged at intervals
TranscriptWild Flower
June 20, 1887

My Dear Friend
I now embrace the
uppertunity [opportunity?] of answering
your ever kind & welcome letter which I
received on the 18th inst which gave
me much pleasure to hear from
you to thank the giver of all I was
working in the garden on Saturday
afternoon; when the foreman
came up & handed me your letter
I could not for one moment think
who could have known me in Michigan
so I sat down under the shade of an
apricot tree to read it as the sun
was shining very hot & when I saw
your name signed to it. I was
more puzzled as I was not aware
of you being out here. i was at home
for a month last harvest & not thinking
that you were away I intended to call
to see you but the weather was so
exceedingly wet I hardly got going
any place. I felt very sorry to hear
of your fathers death. I have often
thought how hard it must have come on
yous [you?] when in a distant land the
thoughts of loosing [losing?] a father
so dear, and may the Lord prepare us
all for that great day. Well I must tell
you that I arrived in Philadelphia
on the fifth of February after a
voyage of 19 days 4 of which we had
a heavy storm which ended in disabling
our vessell [vessel?] the waves swept the deck
all the time except about 5 days
i stopped ten days in Phila. [Philadelphia?]
& then proceeded out west. I came by the way
of Buffalo & Detroit if I had a known (sic)
you were living so close to [too?] I would
have stopped over a day & called to see you
I had some very nice scenery on the
way I crossed the falls of Niagara
the Mississippi N. Missouri rivers
the deserts of Nebraska & Utah
& the Rocky mountains it was a long
and tedious ride of 7 days & nights &
snow all the way until I came into
California at 10 O clock on Monday
night the snow was from 5 to 8 feet
deep on the level & at 8 next morning
we were in a nice green country
the apricot & peach trees were in blossom
& the oranges was yet on the trees
the birds was singing everywhere
all nature seemed gay & it
would make one think after passing
so dreary a wilderness for 3000 miles
that life was worth living for the crop
were nearly all in then. I like this
country very much but it is very hot
at present it has been standing at 100ø
degrees for the last while & it has reached
107ø once I am working for a doctor
about 230 miles south of San Francisco
on a farm & vineyard it is 18 miles from
the nearest town & 17 from the doctors
residence there is 3 of us on it all the time
we have to do our own cooking we get
30 dollars per month all found in the
summer, & 26 in the winter, so I must
conclude by sending you my Love & best
respects I am Your Sincere Friend

Miss Annie Weir William J. Weir
Birmingham California