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Title: Alex. Wilson, New York to Mrs J. H. Denham, Antrim.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileWilson, Alexander/34
SenderWilson, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientDenham, J.H.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 1921/3/12: Presented by A. Fetridge Esq., Hardware Merchant, Church Street, Ballymena, County Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9311033
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C McK., 03:11:199
Word Count807
18th June 1899.

My dear Sister,
I received your letter some time ago and
should have answered it sooner but really I
did not have the heart to write, it has been
a very trying time for us I have at least
succeeded in getting a kind of a situation
but it only pays half of what I had before
just two dollars per week and the hours are
very long from eight in the morning until
eight of nine and on the Monday nights I do
not get home until after twelve o'clock and I
am standing on my feet all day long never get
a chance to sit down only at dinner time and
we get no extra pay for the long hours, it is
quite a change from the other place where it
was from eight until half past five and could
do as I liked and no one to trouble you and
now to have to turn in and work so hard and
long for such small pay I tell you it is
rather hard on me now at my age 46 years, but
I had to do it, as it means bread and butter
for us all and I don't know really what we
would have done if this thing had not turned
up, it is rather a come down but will have to
make the best of it when I come home at night
my feet and legs are so tired with standing
on them, but it is just home and get your
supper, go to bed and get up and go to work
again. I often wonder if I will get anything
better as you see I have no trade and there is
no other places around here that were like the
one I was in. I get so completely discouraged
sometimes when I think of it that I feel like
giving up completely, but when I think of
Lizzie and the children I don't know what to
do, if they were only older and able to do
something for themselves and the Lord only
knows what is in store for us, you see here
what girls are taking all the places that men
used to have in all the stores and offices and
everything you casn think of and boys are
doing men's work now at about half price and
there are not so many people out of employment
that they will work for about enough to pay
their board I tell you things are pretty hard
just at present around here.
I hope and pray that you may get in enough
to meet your payments as it would be both hard
and unjust that you should loose [lose?] all
through Jack's carelessness I tell you what
you do not really do not really know on whom
to depend nowadays as your best friends are
generally the ones to give you the cold
shoulder when you get a little down in the
world. I have found that out lately and I
suppose you have to [too?], when you have
money it is all right, but when you have none
you are not wanted.
Lizzie is about completely worn out and
tired waiting on her Mother who seems to get
worse all the time and she sees so many
strange people and things sitting on tables
and chairs so that she would almost put you of
your mind. I don't really know how Lizzie
stands it day and night as the little time I
see has me bothered about the strange men and
women she sees carrying away every thing in
the house she sees men as plain as can be and
gets very mad when tell her there is no one
around at all, her mind is completely gone,
although for a few minutes sometimes you
would think she was all right again but the
Drs. [Doctors?] say it is all a delusion of
the mind but she thinks it is all so real
she keeps us all a going. I tell you it is a
terrible strain on anybody who has anything
to do with any person who is afflicted in
that peculiar manner, we have had very hot
weather for the past week or ten days , it
was 109 degrees one day and there have been
a large number of deaths from sunstroke
from the great heat, but today and
yesterday it was a great deal cooler and
people commence to live over again, which is
a great relief from the great heat.
We are all in very good health at present
I often wonder what the Lord has in store
for us next
You must excuse this writing as I must
now close and say goodbye from your loving
Alex Wilson
Write soon