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Title: Isabella Marshall, New York to Doctor Marshall, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileAllen, Isabella/107
SenderAllen, Isabella
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationBelfast, N. Ireland
RecipientMarshall family
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipdaughter and sister
SourceD/1558/1/2/35: Presented by F.D. Campbell Allen Esq, London Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, London.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9804170
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 08:04:98.
Word Count1012
TranscriptGreat Western 24th 1838

My dear Peri, Meri, & Sisterhood
We are now within a few
hours sail of New York, but owing to the late
hour - for its nearly Nine O'clock we will be
obliged to lie at anchor at quarantine ground
till day break and as tommorow is the day the
Packet leaves, and the bay is closed at eleven
I must make an effort to scribble a few lines
to night. You have calculated I suppose that
we reached our destination on Sunday but the
winds and waves mercilessly conspired to
delay. Since leaving Bristol we had contrary winds
with the exception of two days and yet here we are
only forty hours late. We have experienced all
sorts of weather had one or two compilate gales
and squalls, with rolling seas and only two
days of real calmness. The boat is literally
crammed with passengers, Saloon, cuddy, fore
cabin all as full as they can be - be of live
stock from old ladies of 78 years of age to
children of a few months old. Our cabin is off
the saloon 7 feet square and nine high with
two small skylights and a shutter, which owing to the
rough weather has been closed the greater part
of the passage; it is however comfortable on
being about than centre of the ship where the
motion is least felt. You ask about seasickness,
why I have suffered but all as you may guess
pretty well recovered now indeed a good sail on the
first day I kept on deck though not well
the second I was worse and the third I took
fairly to my berth and remained there until
the following Sunday, fortuately William kept up
and constantly proved that his mother was right
when she called him a good nurse for no one
could have attended me more carefully, he got
everything for me, and what was better than all
you me his company. I had almost despaired of
highroving till we reached land but a day of calmness
came, I got on deck and soon that gradually improved, a wave
which came over me one bright blowing evening that
I was getting half seasick the deck helped my
recovery amazingly. I started up pretty quickly
and enjoyed the large waves during the rest of the
evening. We have had some glorious sunsets but the
nights surpassed them. All the sun sank without
a cloud and lifts on the ship the most brillant
lights I ever witnessed, nothing in Ould Ireland could match
it, the air was as [-----?] as possible, the young
moon was up and to add to the pleasure of
the evening we had the excitements of watching
for a pilots boat, about which there were bets on
depending, watching sails pass and looking for
Sandypool lighthouse. At the entrance of harbour,
it was the pleasantest night on board. I wished
any of you had been with us to witness and partake
in the enjoyments but while lying sick, I was
heartly glad neither Alida nor the Rosebud were
fellow sufferers. All the passengers, particularly
the ladies suffered more or less but I think I
took the last. We have had but little society,
the crowd is too great and the voyage too short to
permit of the passengers becoming acquainted.
Mrs Court I have seen but little, she made acquaintance
with only one lady that I could observe, whose
reputation on board is one of the most favourable,
and I have only exchanged salutations on convalescent days.
We have been on speaking terms wityh a good many
intercourse with whom will stop on land of course.
There is not an Irish lady on board. I believe but
the stewardess a very attractive woman comes from Cork.
She and another have had all the duty of minding
an innumerate number of ladies & 9 children and
assisting in a variety of occupations quite too
much labour for any two persons. Notwithstanding
the crowding, and the consequent wants of many comforts
I am quite in love with the boat, she is a noble
creature and it was quite delightful to see her in
spite of wind and waves going on her way. The
packet of the 19th of the [-----?] is just getting
in before us. To show how steady she so not
had yesterday afternoon a squall that carried away
a far and yet the passengers below were
unconscious of it and then think of the seas we
had when we were rolled almost out of
our berths and plates, glasses, dishes, all
made glorious rumble as they rolled and smashed.
I felt no fear and did not once imagine I was
going to the bottom. I must leave "that creature"
space to write a few lines. I hope before this two
letters are on their way to us which I
think we will get on our return from Niagara for
which we propose starting in a few days Good nights
I have dreamt of home every night and all its
dear inhabitants since I [------?]. Give my love to
all friends, Porters, Marshalls, Broachy, & E & L
Believe me to be
your ever loving and attached
Tuesday morning. We have just landed on the
American shores and have found accommodation
at the Carleton house which promises to be
comfortable. I am in great hast as William
is going to look after luggage and drop this
at the Office. We will write more legibly
by the Great Western which starts for Bristol
in ten days. Our sail this morning was delightful
we were up at sunrise and I am so tired I intend
taking a rest until William gets all things
arranged, letters delivered &c. I hope you
may be able to read the first parts of this
scrawl but I fear it the ink we had to
water not having any at hand. I will say
once more a pen and with love to all
again remain
Your affectionate Isabella.