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Title: Devlin, Mary to Hammond, Joseph, 1859
CollectionOceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
SenderDevlin, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKillicomane, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland
DestinationBelfast, Victoria, Australia
RecipientHammond, Joseph
Recipient Gendermale
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TranscriptKillicomain Portadown May 1st. 1859.
My Dear & Much Loved Son
Moved by Parental effection I again address these few lines to you
and do most humbly hope they shall find you and Family possessing good
helth and all they happeness which this World is able to afford—and above
all that as you and I are comming down the hill of Life and eare long we
Shal desen [?descend] the Grave that we may look to Enjoy a fore tast of
that more enduring World which Shal never End. But altho those pressurs have continued to Move me to Continue to Spake in these or Simelar Sintements
what I cannot Spak by Tungue you must Know as a Parant I have
Antious thoughts of My Dear Son. Dear Joseph now after having wretten
Letter after Letter the long Space of five Long and I must Say antious years
wthout ever Receiving one line cheer or gratifying me and still you see I
must write.
Now, Dear Joseph one thing I would almost Beg Viz—that you would
not looke on an answer to these with indifferance but that you will write
to me and thus Favour me and give all the perticklars that you can thinke
of. Let me Know your Family and each Name. But Joseph—I do thinke it
very Strange that I can get some word of you through some of our Neighbours
else I Should not thought of writing for I did think there was a
Probability of your being deat or that you would have written befor this.
Thomas Sinnamon of Killicomain, Now in Milbourn give us an account of
you in a Letter to his Father. John Fergus of Portadown, now in Portfairy
give us the last account of you which encoraged me to write this Letter.
Now Dear Joseph if you do not answer this Letter I May give up anny
thoughts of forther troubling of you.
My Son—I may tell you that my Helth is on the decline but it would
be beyond reason to expect it otherwise as I have now Reached within one
year of 70—that you see to be the limitt Three Scoar & Ten Byond which
is Said to be Labour and Sorrow. Now I would like you to Remember me
Very affactionatly to your Wife and Family—and let them Know it would
add to my Satisfaction to hear of their Being all well.
I have in former Letters which I hope you may have got being telling
of your Sister Mary Anns haveing a rising Family in all now 4 Childeren
all Faimels [females]. She was Confined on the 1 of April 1859 & Safely
delivered of a Daughter & is recovering Satisfatrily. Hir Husband William
McCormick got Cold through a very seveir wetting last Christmas and is
not getting rede of it, Safely but he also would be Very glade to see a Letter
from you. I May also tell you I heard that your Father in Law died about
Novr last with his Son William. Edward Boyd & Wife & Family 8 Daughters
are all well the eldes Daughter haveing got Maried to a young man
caled William Coskin. Mrs Harison is always anctious to See a Letter from
you expecting to here some word cocerning hir Son.
Now I May Say Nomore at Present But to Remain—Dear Joseph &
Helena & Grand Children Your Loveing Mother Sister & Brother in
Law—while this Life Lasts Viz—
Mary Devlin William McCormick &c Mary Ann McCormick,
of Killicomain. Fare well.

Dear Uncle—and Ant with you and My Cozens all I send you my
Kind love. My Sister Helena Jane Joins Me and Mary Anne also. Give my best Respects to my Aunt Helena. As for our baby we have not it Christened
No more at present but remains your Affectionate neice
Sophia Mc.Cormack