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Title: John McBride, Watertown, NY to James McBride, Co. Antrim.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcbride, john/73
SenderMcBride, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationweaver
Sender Religionunknown
OriginWatertown, NY, USA
DestinationLisburn, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientMcBride, James Jr
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2613/13: Copied by Permission of Mrs Emily McLister, Mosside Cottage, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007107
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:02:1994.
Word Count963
TranscriptWatertown May 21st 1826
Dear Brother
I recd [received?] your Letter of the 10th January on the 21st
March, and would have Ansrd [answered?] it sooner, but things were in an
unsettled state here then, and I waited to see if they would get
any more settled before I would write. For six months past our
business has been very dull here owing (I believe) in a great measure
to the low price of Goods in New York - occasioned by the Cotton
Speculation which has ruined so may [many?] both here and in Europe.
Two Years ago there were 24 Weavers employed by this Factory
besides the Power Looms - now there are only Six of whom I am one
there has Six left our Shop in the course of this Month, and how
things will be I cannot tell I know I will get Work as long as they
employ any, and at all events I am not afraid as I know there is
work enough other places. I wrote to my Father on the 12th January
to let him know I had got a Son who bears his name he is a fine
Boy Catherine and Eliza Jane are both Well the Meazles [Measles?] are
in this Village now but none of mine has taken them yet, the Chin [whooping?]
Cough has been round here too but my Children escaped it.
Lydia and myself are well, Thank God we all enjoy very good
health which is the greatest blessing (in my opinion) we can enjoy.
I got a Letter from J [John?] Craig with yours John has sent me a good many
News papers [Newspapers?] for which I feel much obliged, I got what you sent
and I am thankful to you I am sorry I cannot possibly return you or John the
favour All I have to pay for each paper is one Cent, it is nothing compared
to the pleasure I have in reading them, the last I got from J: [John?] Craig
brought News which the N [New?] York papers had not received as soon as I did
I am sorry to hear the Weaving trade is in such a State altho' [although?] I
expected nothing else as I have seen Letters from Scotland which say
that our Trade is worse there than it has been in the memory of man
the situation of the Weavers in Paisley is truly deplorable whole Families
are said to be in a starving condition and no appearance of amendment
I think it strange that Edwd [Edward?] Phillips expresses himself so, I
have sent Two or three Letters to him and John and got no Ansr [Answer?] and I
was thinking of writing again when I got your Letter, that is one thing I can
boast of that I never neglected to correspond with any one [anyone?] who sent
me a Letter I have got Letters since I came here from Men I never seen and I
always ansrd [answered?] them promptly; and gave the Advice they wished for
It seems Edwd [Edward?] Tierney is got better pleased with the Pies of this
Country than formerly this I dont think strange as there are few who come here
that are satisfied at first, I am glad however he is doing well.
Margt [Margaret?] Armstrong arrived safe to her Husband I dont exactly
remember how long since, Rome is about 65 Miles from this place it is a
flourishing Village the Great Canal goes past it. I have never been there
I have not heard from Edwd [Edward?] Jones for some time he promised to come
to see me long ago but never came, I expect he is well. Robt [Robert?] Shields
is well he complains hard that his Friends dont write write to him oftener
John Craig told me all about Charlotte's trouble he seemed to hide nothing
I wrote to Aunt Rachael some time ago but have got no Ansr [Answer?] yet
I have had no Letter from her this long time.
I have had no Letter from Robt [Robert?] or Wm [William?] Craig since I
wrote to my Father in January - indeed I get Letters from Ireland oftener than
from them
I see by your Letters that a great many of my old Neighbours
have finished their Earthly existance [existence?], I suppose were I to go home
now I would not know more than one half of the people in your
Neighbourhood the Old are going off the Stage of Life and the
Young will be grown beyond my knowing them, it is more
than Seven Years since I left Ireland and when I look back
it seems like Yesterday. And altho [although?] I have had some difficulties
in that time it has pleased God to bring me thro' [through?] them all and
O! [Oh!?] may I always Praise his Holy name for his kindness to me from
my Birth untill [until?] now, I was 34 Years Old yesterday, may the [torn]
give us grace to serve him more from this time to the end of our times
James Hunter got a Letter with
with mine he and his Family are Well. How does my Uncle
Robt [Robert?] get along now - and Willm M:Clughan [William McClughan?] - The
markets here are rather lower than when I when I wrote last. I shall Ansr
[Answer?] J [John?] Craigs Letter in a Short time. Give my Love and Lydia's
to my Father and Sisters Wm [William?] and Jane Phillips John and Betty
Blake John Craig and Nancy Aunt Betty and Family Uncle and Aunt
Gilliland Uncle and Aunt McFarlan Uncle & Aunt Corkin &c &c &c
And hoping to soon hear from you I remain your Loving Brother
John MBride [McBride?]

[addressed to:]
Mr James McBride Junr
Care of Mr Wm [William?] Phillips Innkeeper
May 21st 1826

July the 5th 1826

WATERTOWN [?] SHP 1 JY [July?]