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Title: Robert McElderry, Lynchburg, Ba to David Boyd, Ballymoney.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcelderry, robert/33
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
RecipientBoyd, David
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2414/12: Copied by Permission of Dr. Helen Megaw, c/o 66 Malone Road, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007073
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:10:1993.
Word Count838
TranscriptLynchburg 12th December 1853

Dear David
I have delayed writing to you for some
time back because of brother William's arrival, the day that
he arrived here he wrote home and of course stated that all was
well. I was as you may conceive very much surprised by
seeing William standing at the store door as I was returning
from breakfast, I was told down the street a short distance
from the store that he had arrived in this City and was
enquiring for me but I could hardly believe it was so
He stayed with me in the store not doing anything about
a month when he began to get very tired and almost dispaired [despaired?]
of getting anything to do I had made up my mind from
the first day he come to try and get him a situation in
the best grocery house in this City in which I succeeded and
it is all in his own hands now whether he does well or
not Since he set in to work he has been writing all the
time, but about the first of the year he will be engaged at
some more active employment. The house at which he
lives does the largest bussiness [business?] of any in the City McDaniel,
Hunt & Preston is the style of the firm with which he lives.
Since he has been here he has been boarding at the same
house with me and sleeps with me every night he seems
to very much pleased with the country. It was much
in his favor [favour?] my being here before him as he can more
easly [easily?] make acquaintances and can feel more at home.
I have been all the time enquiring about how people and
things were in Ireland and have been getting information all the
I can hardly think when William tells me what changes
have transpired since I left Ballymoney that it is so. Some
folks are dead some married and others born since I was
there and now going to school and some when I last seen
them mere children grown up to be big boys Those then
are indeed hard to realise for let me begin to think of
home at any time and I think of it just as it was when
I left Mr Mathews left here about a month ago for
Baltimore and was well and looking as well as ever I have
seen him look I do not think he has changed much since
he was in Ireland Another of the Irish exiles has
from Australia has arrived in New York and is producing
great excitement among the people here Afflictions do
not seem to have softened the heart of John Mitchell he is
as violently opposed to the English government as ever he was
in speaking a few days ago of the Queen he called her a
she Tyrant This is a great country where a man
can express his sentiments without fear No man need
fear if he has any fault to find with the govement [government?] to
speak his mind truly no matter what his mind may

be It is good that there is one country on the
face of the Earth where the oppressed may flee to and
be safe. This country may well be called the City
of Refuge for all those who are oppressed.
The tenant league seems to be dieing [dying?] out in Ireland
I do not see much said about it in the last papers
I received from home I should think that now would be
good time for the Irish to agitate when the Scotch
seem to be disposed to demand what they consider
their rights The Scotch & Irish joined together could
hardly be well refused by the English no matter what
the demand Christmass [Christmas?] will soon be here again and
I hope you will all have a merry time With me it is
the most dissagreeable [disagreeable?] season of the year there is so much
trouble with Negroes (who are all hired out at this
season for the next year) when they quit their old master
the [they?] all crowd into twon [town?] and throng the place so you
can hardly get along William was telling me
that you said you would write to me to come home
I should like to know what inducements you can
offer for me to do so let me know in your next
I will tell you beforehand that the [they?] must be strong
ones or I will not go. In my next I will give
you my views at length on this subject at present
I cannot say much. I now close by sending my
love to one and all yonong [young?] and old and wish you
all a merry christmass [christmas?] and a happy new year
I Remain Ever
your Friend
Ro. [Robert?] McElderry

You need not trouble yourself
directing to any ones can as
I am well enough known to
the Post master

[postmark] LIVERPOOL
J [January?]
[Postmark] LYNCHBURGE VA [Virginia?]
DEC [December?] 13
Mr David Boyd