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Title: William Williamson, New York to Mother, Richhill, Co. Armagh.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWilliamson, William/15
SenderWilliamson, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationRichhill, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2680/2/8: Copied by Permission of W. P. Williamson Esq., Ahorey House, Richhill, County Armagh.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007147
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 06:09:1993.
Word Count758
TranscriptNew York June 18th 1854

My Dear Mother
I have often thought of addressing
a few lines to you but now since I have
commenced I hardly know what to say,
it seems strange very strange that a
Family professing such strong Friendship
to each other as our Family did to me
when I left, should break off writing in
the way they have, I assure you that this
alone has caused me more unpleasent [unpleasant?] feelings
than anything else that ever happened to me,
this is rather unpleasent [unpleasant?] for a Preface to a
Letter and I will make an end to it by
asking you what is the cause of this unatural [unnatural?]
and unfriendly silence.
I seen Mr. William Ferguson of Markethill
a few days ago, and was pleased to hear
that you were all well at Ahorey [Aghory?]. I gave
him a specimen of California Gold which
I send to you together with a Degaratype [Daguerreotype?]
of my children and myself, this will give
you some Idea of the looks of one who I have reason
to believe you once loved, and I trust that
that love is unchanged yet.
I learnt with sorrow of my Fathers death
some 20 months ago, by a letter which I
received from John and of other changes
which have since taken place in the Family
I hope and trust they are all for the best
and that you are as happy and comfortable
as you deserve to be, I hear through James
that Robert Mary & Catharine is married and
all of them got little ones, and enjoying life
as they pass along through it.
I have not heard anything about Ben [Benjamin?] in a
long time and dont know whether he is dead
or alive. I met to day with my cousin
Caroline Peebles, who will hand you this Letter
she is about starting for Ireland thinking
a sea voyage will improve her health and
intends making you a visit, she appears
to be a very intelligent nice young Lady
and her and her sister deserve the highest
praise for the manner in which they have got
along in the world, left as they were orphans
without any one to guide or assist them, and

live as they have respectably and decently.
I hope you will all do what you can towards
making her comfortable and happy while she
stops with you and I hope that some of my
relations will make her a present of 5 or 600
Pounds. I suppose my uncle William could do
it and not feel the want of it.
I will now tell you a little about myself
I have been in California 4 years and my wife
has been there 3 years We have both of us better
health there, than we had in Illinois and have
made up our minds to settle there for life. So
I left San Francisco on the 15th April and come
out to Illinois after my children I am
on my way back to California now I would
like very much if I was able to go over to
Ireland and see you all, but my duty to
my Family forbids me that pleasure.
Artemisia is living with a Friend of hers near
Sacramento anxiously awaiting my return
she has had a very lonesome time of it in
California without her children and I want
to get back there as quick as possible
the little ones have grown up amazingly in 4 years
and I would not have known them
I have got 3 letters from John while I
was in California which remain unanswered but
when I get back I intend to give him a full
account of my travels and ups and downs since
I started across the Plains in 1850.
James was well when I left California
and has laid up some money he is very
steady sober and Industrious I think
he will probably stay in that country.
I have not sold my farm in Illinois
but expects to sell during the autumn months
the farm will bring me about 500 pounds.
I intend when I get to California
to commence farming again. I have
been engaged in mining for the last
4 years and am tired of that business
I mean to settle now for Life in some
place where I can enjoy the society of
my Family. you will please remember
me afftionately [affectionately?] to all my Brothers
and Sister and hoping that
you are comfortable and Happy
believe truly the same
Bill [William?] Williamson