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Title: George Burton, [?] to "My Dear Cousin"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBurton, George/9
SenderBurton, George
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcoal miner
Sender Religionunknown
Destinationprob. Michigan, USA
RecipientWeir, Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mrs Linda Weir, Tirmacspird, Lack, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 OSA
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9906010
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:06:99.
Word Count525
TranscriptWednesday March 4th 1889

My Dear Cousin I right [write?]
to you once more to let you
know I got your letter
all right [alright?] which give me a
[greated?] of pleasure to hare [hear?]
from you and to know that
you got my letter all right [alright?]
for I would not wish
to have to go out of the
way for it was my first
in some time and indeed
I am not the best in the
world at the pen so now
anie [Annie?] I must tell you
something of my life And
what I work at now is in
A coal yeard [coal yard?] it is pretty
hard work And I feel
pretty well used up now
at it
And I could wish after for
the Dear old times that are
past to come again but
I feel sure the [they?] are past
never to come again but
such is life I have got
A very bad cold for the
past to [two?] weeks I have felt
very bad but I will soon
be all right [alright?] [---?] I feel very
sorry to here [hear?] of cousan [cousin?] [Bellier?]
going so very far away
but I hope it is for the better
and we must all do the best
we can for it is not our
father and mothers home
that we have to go to
now if we want for anything
but I never wanted for
anything yet thank the Lord
for all his kind mercy to me
And I have been pritty [pretty?]
well all over the country I
have been out your way once
so far at Minesota [Minnesota?] but I think
you are more south of that
part but had I ever new [knew?] where
you were I would have seen you
I liked it very well out there
in the summer time but in
the winter it is very on
pleasant [unpleasant?] And to
tell you the truth I has to work like
a slave in fact I have to
work just as hard now once
my day is shorter And I have
Sunday to my self but
the [they?] were few weeks out in the
west When I did not know
when Sunday came I was
not at home then I had to
take the time as the [they?] come
I have been working for over
A year wher [where?] I am Now
but I am going to see if
I cant do better when the
summer time comes if the
Lord spares me life and helth [health?]
to do so for I think it is
to [too?] bad to spend all my
youthful ays [days?] for nothing
Annie I must tell you that
I have not got a picture
of my own this time but as
soon as I can get a chance
to get off to have them taken
I will shure [sure?] send you one
but I don't think the [they?] will
be very much for I am
Just the same as ever I was
so now Cousan [Cousin?] Annie I must
draw to a close good by as I
remain yours truley [truly?] George Burton