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Title: A. Williamson, Kesh to Annie Weir
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWilliamson, A/3
SenderWilliamson, A.
Sender Genderfemale
Sender OccupationSunday School teacher
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginKesh, Co. Fermanagh, N.Ireland
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.9904218
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 23:04:99.
Word Count472
TranscriptArdess Kesh 16th Feb 1886

Dear Anne
I thank you very much for
your letter, which I wished much
to answer sooner, but was not able
the delay however enables me to
tell you more about things here
than I could otherwise have done,
so I hope you will excuse it
I was glad & thankful to hear of
your safe arrival in America, and
to find by your letter that you are
doing so well for the time you
have been out - and I trust God
will continue to bless you in soul
as well as body - "Set Him always
before you", and there will be no fear
but that "He will direct your paths
and then you will be blessed-
I was sorry to hear your account of
the way in which Christmas Day is
kept where you are- I was not surprised,
as it seems to be a Presbyterian
place where you are, and the Presbyterians
do not keep it as we do-
I hope this will only cause you to love
your own Church & Prayer Book all
the more - We had a beautiful
day here, bright and pleasant, and the
congregations both early and at noon
were excellent - 89 at the early one,
and 191 at the other, - and between
the two there were 80 communicants
attended the Lord's supper - the
Church was prettily decorated with
evergreens & holly berries, and several
appropriate texts on mossy grounds
in the windows, and two larger
and longer ones, like last year, one in front
of the gallery, & the other over the
Communion table -
We had a nice Sunday School
Examination on 8th November -
Eighty attended, and the answering
was considered very good by the
Clergymen who attended - Mr
Knox had the School room so nice -
by done with Evergreens & mottoes -
there was tea as usual with plenty
of buns and apples, and all seemed
to enjoy their day, and I hope have
been Encouraged by it to work hard
for the future - Between answering
and attendance premiums I
think I had 73 books to give away
on the Sunday before Christmas -
Since then the attendance every Sunday
has been very good, most Sundays
nearly 70, and three or four times
above it - though several of the days
were severe with rain, wind, & snow
- a good many new scholars are
dropping in - Elizabeth Jones now
has a class like Margaret Graham,
And Mr Sterrett has taken a boys
class, so that we are now pretty well
off for teachers -
and now wishing you every blessing
I remain
Your sincere friend
A. Williamson.
I shall be glad to hear from you
whenever you can write, and will reply
as soon after as I am able -