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Title: Samuel Brown, Co Down, to Jeannie Brown, [Philadelphia?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBrown, Samuel Jr/23
SenderBrown, Samuel
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKillaney, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientBrown, Jeannie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2675/4: Copied by Permission of Joseph Halliday, 341 Albertbridge Road, Belfast. #TYPE LET Samuel Brown, Killaney, County Down, [Ireland?], to "My Very Dear Cousin Jeannie", Jeannie [Brown?], [1145 South 15th Street?], [Philadelphia?], [U.S.A.?], 6 Febr
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007159
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
Log31:07:1990 S.C.#CREATE created 09:10:1990 CD input
Word Count1036
NoteN.B. Presumably related to the other Samuel Brown.
TranscriptTo:- Jeannie [Brown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?]
Killaney February 6th 1868

My very dear cousin Jeannie
I am sure you will be thinking
by this time that we have forgot to answer your
last letter bearing date so long ago as 30th September
1867. and I suppose you have very good grounds for
thinking [----------------?] make ammends [ammends?]
for the past [?] hope for [?]
I know [----------------?] to you. I thought
[------------------------?] she has prevailed
[------------?] have good reasons for thinking
she will [--------?] she must give you a long
[----?] of bygone days, and things which have transpired
[---?] of bygone days, and things which have transpired
[-?] you were in this country. I must say that Uncle
[----?] a long letter to you in the month of July.
[?] from Newcastle (where we were stopping for a fortnight
for a change of air and the benefit of our healths.) Giving
you a discription [description?] of how we enjoyed ourselves about
the Sea-side, and surrounding neighbourhood. And also
of the melancholy news of Mrs Shanks death she died
in June last after about a weeks illness, her disease was
inflam[m?]ation in the bowels. But I suppose it did not reach
your length as you did not mention anything about
its arrival in your last letter to us. I may also let
you know that Old John Brown (him who used to
come back and forwards to Uncles and our house)
died in July last after a long and protracted illness.
As for Old Friends and A[c?]quaintances about home,
they are nearly all as usual. There is a change in Uncle
William Robinsons family, as Samuel has got married
last summer, to a daughter of John Gilmores, one of
their nearest neighbours, they have not commenced bui-
sness [business?] for themselves yet, they [the?] rest are all well and
as usual. Mr. Davison and family of Belfast are
all quite well again, and no change yet. I was there
nearly three weeks and came home and Friday last I
enjoyed myself exceedingly well. I was at a splendid
Diorama, showing the scenery music and antiquities of the
principal places throughout Ireland, it is certainly a
grand entertainment indeed, it is going to leave this country
for America very soon, also the Belfast Museum where
their [there?] are a great collection of very ancient and curious
things, and also Marcus Wards & Co[mpany?] Picture Gallerys [Galleries?],
consisting of nearly eight hundred, Oil, and Water-colour
Paintings. It is real[l?]y a grand and magnificient [magnificent?]
place. also other places besides
Their [There?] has been a great excitement caused at Boardmills
since the month of October last. At that time Mr. Sha-
seks, [Shaseks?] and the Temperance Committee of Boardmills
got up a course of Lectures, on the subject of Temperance
for the improvement and entertainment of the nei-
ghbourhood, [neighbour?] when low [lo?] and behold Rev[erend?] A. Dobbin
one of our neighbouring ministers, came nearly every
night and opposed them with all his might and
main, and said if he could not put them down
it was not for the want of will, when the Lecturers,
had delivered their discourses he got [up?] and refuted
their statements and tryed [tried?] to insinuate his own views
and they got up and replied to him, and then we
had regular discussion, and when he could not
get his ends accomplished by argumentation, he would
begin and caluminate, slander, and misrepresent them,
their [there?] was only nine Lectures in the programme at
first but they have increased to nearly twice
that number some of them coming back agian to defend
themselves, especially one, Mr Pyper, an agent of
the Irish Temperance League a very talented man
and a good reasoner on any subject, the [that?] he begins
to. he came back five times. Such a winter as
we have had at Boardmills is nearly past
description, and not all over yet, so much for the
present until you here [hear?] from us again.
Surely Philadelphia must be a very large city when
the street you live in is twenty miles long. Their [There?] are
not many cities in this country so large, if any.
I hope you will not be removed, until this arrives, to
Chicago where, Cousin James is now. I am glad
to know that he is getting on so well in business [business?]
I think he might take it into his head sometime
and write a long letter to us.
This last winter has been very mild and favou-
rable [favourable?] for outdoor work, the most of the people
have got nearly done plowing [ploughing?] now, which is about
a month sooner than usual. Their [there?] have been scarcely
any frost or snow yet, and I think their [there?] will not
be much now. I wonder what kind of a winter
you have had in America, but I suppose it was,
much severer than here, as it is always that, I
would like to know if you skated much, or snow-
balled [snowballed?] any, this winter.
Please write on receipt of this letter if not before
and tell me everything you think would be
interesting to me, now do not forget, remember
that, and I will do the same in return. I hope
you will write to us oftener now, as they have got
the postage between this and America, reduced
to half the price that it formerly was, which is
one good scheme in the right direction as the postage
was too much before, especially when letters did not
reach their destination, but went astray.
This leaves us all, together with Uncles Samuel and
Robert and Aunt Eliza, in the enjoyment of good
health, as for myself I am improving fast, and
will soon be as well as ever, however I am still
taking the Oil yet. "Little William" is able to
walk a little through the house now, he is not able
to master many words yet, but he is still inclined
to the sucking bottle yet. I must now conclude
but not without wishing you a Happy New
Year, and the Compliments of the Season,
with much love from all, to all, and receive,
the same yourself from,
Mr. S. Brown. Your ever loving and affectionate
Killaney B[oard?].mills. Cousin.
Lisburn Co[unty?]. Down. Samuel Brown.