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Title: Robert McElderry, Lynchburg Va. to brother Thomas, Ballymoney
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcelderry, robert/4
SenderMcElderry, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman (dry goods)
Sender ReligionProtestant (joins The Presbyterian Church At Some Point)
OriginLynchburg, Virginia, USA
DestinationBallymoney, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientMcElderry, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2414/3: Copied by Permission of Dr Helen Megaw, c/o 66 Malone Road, Belfast 9. #TYPE EMG Robert McElderry, Lynchburg, [Virginia?], [America?], to his brother Thomas McElderry Jr [Junior?], Ballymoney, County Antrim, 10 February 1851.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007033
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log19:07:1990 TSFS#CREATE created 21:11:1991 WJC inpu
Word Count748
TranscriptTo: Mr Thomas McElderry Jr
Co[unty?]. Antrim
Lynchburg 10 Feby [February?] 1851

Dear Brother
I have delayed answering your letter for
a long time expecting to receive one from home again I received
two news papers from you since I rec[eive?]d your letter I was
thinking that you might have written to me some time
ago and as one of the mail Steamers has been out since the
28th Dec[embe?]r and not been heard from they [the?] letter might have
been in her mail if so that would account for my not
receiving it The world fair to held in London next summer
is creating quite a sensation here I expect that a great many
folkes [folks?] will go from this and as I was telling you in my last
letter I think Mr Peters will be among the number I should
like very much if he would go to London that he would visit you in
Ballymoney perhaps Father could give him a drive about the
shore and show him as much of the country as would pay
him for his trouble if he makes up his mind to go to London
which I have no doubt he will do I shall certainly ask
him to give you a call John Liggat talks of going
along with him Mr Peters says all he wants is to get
Mr Mathews to approve his plan and if he does so he shall
be very apt to go I was very glad to hear that you were
all well at home I hope you had a merry Christmas and
a happy new year for my part I had a very dull
time I was thinking if I had been at home about that time
I might have enjoyed myself a good deal better but I got
along as well as could expect to do at all other times
When you write to me next time let me hear [How?] you spent
your Christmas and if David Boyd shot any hares
I was very glad to hear from Tommy Lyle that he was
and that he promised to be a good boy I hope that he
and Samuel will both be good boys and you must not let them
forget that they have an Uncle Robert who is always glad
to hear from them and who would be very happy to see them
if it was at all convenient but there is rather a great space
between us at present to talk of such things
I was sorry that you had to leave school on account
of my leaving home I should be glad if you would not neglect
to pay some attention to your books if you have nothing more
to do than I had when I was at home you might very well
employ some of your time in that way and you may be certain
it will benefit you very much
Tell Tom Birns that he may have plenty of Tobacco if he either
comes or sends for it if Lynchburg could not supply him in
Tobacco no other place in the world could I could not do
any thing for him in way of getting him a monkey but I
suppose a little negro would suit his purpose as well and
if so he could have a plenty of them I should like to
know if Dan always expounds as much docterine [doctrine?] out of
his Bible as he used to do and if he can weigh Pigs and
cats as well as ever You can tell James Drain that there
is a first rate country for Tailors they can get very good
here as they can have more work and better wages in
New York This winter has as yet been very mild with
the exception of a few days in Jan[uar?]y which were very cold
and made a good deal of Ice there has been a good deal
of it put up in Ice houses and saved for the summer
it improves the water and milk very much when
there is not enough saved here there is a good deal of it
shipped from Boston & other places north
You can tell Mother that I go to Church every Sabbath
in the day time to the Presbyterian Church and after night
to the Methodist I have lately joined myself to the
old Presbyterian church in this place
Remember me to all old frends and
tell David Boyd that I look for a letter from him
every day
I Remain your affectionate
Robert McElderry