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Title: Robert McElderry, Virginia, to Anne McElderry, Ballymoney.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcelderry, robert/24(2)
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, Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 2414/8: Copied by Permission of Dr Helen Megaw, c/o 66 Malone Road, Belfast 9. #TYPE EMG Robert McElderry, Lynchburg, Virginia, [U.S.A.?], to His Sister, Miss Anne McElderry, Ballymoney, Ireland, [?] October 1852.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007069
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log27:07:1990 TSFS#CREATE created 25:10:1990 GC input
Word Count727
TranscriptLynchburgh Octo [October?] 1852

Dear Sister
I intended when I last wrote to David Boyd to have
written to you long before this time but I kept putting it off from one time to another until I cannot wait any longer or you will begin to think that I have left the land of the living W Peters arrived home safe and sound some time ago and I was very much disapointed to find that he did not go to Ireland and pay you a visit he said he would have gone there but when he came to Liverpool he was so anxious to get home that he gave out the notion of going to Ireland he had not heard from home only once since he left and that made him long to be home again In his first letters he spoke freely of the French government and after that they intercepted all letters for and from him
I have received the news papers from home regularly and I am much
obliged to you for sending them I have not sent many to you for some time
as I can not get them at all times they are so full of Politics that you
would not care much for them. The presidential elections will come
off on the 2nd day of Nov. [November?] and then they [the?] papers will have something more interesting in them after that time I see in the last paper that I received from home that James Perry has got married I am always glad to hear of any one doing well but I am always more than glad when it is such an old friend as James Perry I hope he has made a good selection and that he and his lady may enjoy many happy years When you see him give my respects and tell him that I congratulate him on his exit from a state of single blessedness I think I told you some time ago that we kept bachelors [?] and boarded at home that plan I did not much like as we had to depend entirely on [on?] the negro and none of the young men in the store ever paid any attention to how things were done we did not fare some times as well as we all would have liked to have done but things have made a turn for the better and we now board at the different hotels and we fair at this time about as well as we could possibly do. Trade has been unusally good this fall we have sold more goods than we have at any time since I have been here we have sold this present month about 10.000 Dollars worth of goods Talking about boarding makes me think off how many people board at hotels in this place very few when they get married here ever think of going to housekeeping it is not as troublesome they say to board and some say it is cheaper too but I think I would not like the plan it is not natural. it is intended by our Creator that we should be settled in families and besides this it makes their ladies lazy and when they go to housekeeping they do not know how to manage
I have been looking for a letter from home for some pass by every
steamer that comes I hope I will not have to wait much longer it does me as much good to have good news from home and to hear that you are all well I have always since I left home enjoyed good health and never have more than a slight cold or headache I am growing heavier every year since I have been here W Matthews has been here most of the summer he is well and looks like he did when he was in Ballymoney he is the most inquisitive old man you ever have seen I should like you would in your next letter tell me all about how the two Johns, Elizabeth, Thomas Lyle, Samuel Boyd, and his little sister come on and what they are all doing
Give my respect to all old friends and aquaintances and I must bid you
good bye for the present I will write to David Boyd as soon as I receive
a letter from him
I remain ever
your affectionate Brother
Robert McElderry
Envelope: Postmarked
Miss Anne McElderry Lynchburgh Va.
Nov. 2