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Title: John Carse, PA, to "Dear [Father?] Mother & Brothers."
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarse, John/8
SenderCarse, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginErie, Penn., USA
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientCarse family
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceDonated by Mrs. I.J. Beattie, 120 Carsonstown Rd., Lisowen, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, BT24 7JN
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9903074
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:03:99.
Word Count638
TranscriptPa April 21th 1852

Dear [Father?] Mother and Brothers
it is with greif
[grief?] that [stained] you these few lines I have
[stained] for some time past expecting a letter
from some of you [stained] I recieved [received?]
one from my Brother George with the
painfull [painful?] news of my Brother Davids
sudden and unexpected death my kind and affactionate
[affectionate?] Brother David is it palpable I shall
see him no more did I think the last Newspaper I recieved
[received?] from David would close up the
correspondence betwixt us for ever I read
over the mournfull [mournful?] circler [circular?] several
times and could not think that David was dead and
gone never to recieve [receive?] another
[stained] affactionate [affectionate?] letter from
him as I have done with the many friendly advices he
always gave me even since he was a boy I put
Georges letter and a few lines of my own
into an envelope and sent it down to my Brother
Thomas today he will be much surprized and sorry to
hear of my Brother David's sudden Death Thomas came
up here on Easter Saturday night stoped [stopped?]
all night in Erie I took a ride down with him on the
seven o'clock train sunday morning stoped [stopped?]
all day with him and returned in the evening
to Erie he enjoys good health I have an opportunity
of hearing from him every day by the conductors of
the cars and Erie Merchants passing back
and forward to New york and Buffalo if
possible I will be down to see him soon
as he is kept very buisy [busy?] at present and can
not get up to Erie often Mr James Cocharan [Cochrane?]
calls with him occashionally [occasionally?]

Dear Father and Mother you have met with a severe
shock now in your old age bear it with
patiance [patience?] greave [grieve?] not [too?]
much in them that is gone the [they?] lived a life of
peace set a good example to many Dear Mother dont
care to [too?] much that David was not at home with
you during his severe sicknefs [sickness?] and sudden
Death how many of our fellow beings in a strange
Country has no friend near them during
sickness and Death no one to comfort them
or wet the lips with cold water you have reason to
be thankfull [thankful?] although he was in a strange
place he was in the midst of a large circle of
friends and you had the privilege of seeing him
I want a letter soon let me now [know?] how many
days he suffered what Doctors was with him George says
that my Brother Samuel will post me the [Banner?] that
his Death is mentioned in "Dear parents and Brothers
write often we no [know?] not but every letter may
be the last I looked long for a letter from my kind and
[will--?] Brother David all is over now I will write to
Brother George soon you must all excuse Thomas
for not writing he has been kept very buisy [busy?] for
the last two months writing every night nearly to twelve
oclock he has to make all the bills out and enter same
for the Erie line no clerk but himself I am well
still with Mr Reed and will be for another year if
health permits I trust you are enjoying good health
which is the greatest blessing we can enjoy
either at home or abroad especially a stranger amongst
strangers I remain as ever your affectionate son till
John Carse
I have just Recieved [received?] a few lines from Cousin James
McCann Dresden letting me know of my Brother
David's sudden Death he had got a paper from Cousin
James [Carragullan?] in a short time Brother Georges
letter came to me in less than eighteen days
Your son
John Carse