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Title: Robert McElderry, Virginia to Thomas McElderry, Ballymoney.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcelderry, robert/6
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 2414/6: Copied by Permission of Dr Helen Megaw, c/o 66 Malone Road, Belfast 9.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007066
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 07:02:1994
Word Count789
TranscriptLynchburg 11th March 1852

Dear Brother
I received your kind letter of the 26th
Feby [February?], yesterday and was very glad to hear that you were all
well at home and that you had recovered from your sickness
We had here an unusally cold winter colder than
any winter for more than thirty years and there has been a great
deal of sickness and many deaths two of Mr Liggats grandchildren
died this winter of scarlet fever they have been all very much
afflicted by the death of these children it was a very heavy blow
on their Mother (Mrs Tunstall) to see her two daughters cut off
one about two weeks after the other they have two little boys still
living they were both sick but are now recovering Mr Liggat
told me the other day when I would write home to be sure
and send his respects to my father and all of you I told
him I should certainly do so Mr Peters' brother Stephen
T. Peters started yesterday for Europe on bussiness [business?] he is going
to see after a large estate in Scotland which has been for
some tine without an heir and the heir to this estate is
living in this place and if Mr Peters can establish his claims
to it he will gain for him a good deal of property
The mans name is Reid his father came from Scotland to
County Down in Ireland and then came to this country
To trace up his desent [descent?] from the original owner of this property
Mr Peters will have to go to Ireland and he promised to call
on you and if convenient stop with you for a short time
I gave him a letter of introduction to my father
You will find him a very well informed Gentleman,
he will be able to give you as much information respecting this
country as any man I know When he was getting ready to
start I should have liked very much to have been able to go along
with him and have seen you all once more I feel some
curiosity to see the juvenile members of the family who
have come into existance since I left home But I may
be able to go at some future time and then I will be able
to tell you a great many long yarns about old Virginia
the place where you all seem to think one can hear nothing
but the slave driver cracking his whip and in every way
one can imagine torturing human beings because the [they?] happen to
be of a different color from their masters. Now people who
tell such stories as these are the greatest liars in the world
for if you only want to see a happy and contented lot
of creatures you should see a number of slaves meet together after
their days work is done and hear them play the banjo and
see them dance I think Mr Rintoul when he wanted to
have that motion carried which went to pledge all parties going
to the United States to have no connection with slave [hating?]
Churches was a little beside himself [as?] he very often is
(and I would have no hesitation in telling him so) People

will keep talking about things which they know nothing of
It would be foolish for a any one [anyone?] to pledge himself to any thing
[anything?] of this Kind how much better would it be for a man to
come hear & see if there was any thing [anything?] wrong every man ought to
see for himself and judge accordingly Mr Peters went
to New York about ten days ago and I have not yet heard
whether he got the shirt or not if he cannot get them
he will be paid whatever they were worth
The gun I left with cusin [cousin?] Mr Borland I only lent to
him and if you want to use it you ought to get it
I receive the papers from you very regularly and I like very
much to see them I get a good deal of interesting news
from them I will send papers to you more regularly after this
take care of those you get untill [until?] Mr Peters goes to BMoney
[Ballymoney?] as he would be very much pleased to see them
I am very sorry to hear that those wise men of
BMoney [Ballymoney?] still continue to trouble my Father about the
market but I suppose they are now like they used to be
can not [cannot?] do any thing [anything?] but talk a little and that never
could do much harm I will write again in short
time to David Boyd
I Remain Your affectionate brother
Robert McElderry

[addressed to:]

Mr Thomas McElderry Jr

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