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Title: John Carse, Erie, to "Dear Father & Mother."
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarse, John/9
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, Ballynahich, Co. Down, Bt24 7JN.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9903007
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 05:03:99.
Word Count764
TranscriptC.M. Reed's Dock Office.
Erie, Pa [Pennsylvania?] April 20th 1855
Dealer in Coal, Salt, Fish, &c.

Dear Father & Mother
I have Just Read
a Newspaper from Brother Robert Belfast
with a few lines enclosed inside letting me
know that he had been home on a
visit and found you both very unwell
which I was very sorry to hear I hope
before this time you will be recovered and
able to be around as usual - I trust you
will both take good care of yourselves and
not be greaveing [grieving?] that you are not
always able to attend till your Household
affairs as you have been in times Past I have
Received several Newspapers lately from Samuel
and sorry to find marked inside of many
of them that Mother has been unwell a
good deal this winter and often confined
to the Room - Robert Stated in
his letter that I read lately that there
was more sickness in Ireland this
season than there has been for many
years during winter - I am happy
to inform you that Thomas and I both
enjoy good health to satisfy you both
Thos [Thomas?] is well I will just enclose
with this a few lines I received from him
this week he is very throng [strong?] at
present and will not have time to write you
for some time as soon as Navygation [navigation?]
opens from Cleveland to buffalo and Steam Boats
& Vesells [vessels?] commences running regular
there will be lots till do on the R Road
[railroad?] [then?] he intends coming down to
Erie on a visit and go down to Buffalo to
see some of his friends there he talks of taking
a trip out this summer to see Uncle
George McCann Uncle Samuel and
other friends in Ohio Uncle George
sent me a letter some time ago he insisted upon
Thos [Thomas?] going out till see him - he is well
I had a letter from G.H. Boale
lately he said [our?] Mercer [&?] friends
were all well But Aunt [Mattery?]
She was rather unwell and failing fast
I entend [intend?] writing to Wm [William ?]
Jamison soon I was well pleased with Roberts
letter he is got to be a good writer after
reading [same?] carefully I mailed it to Thos
[Thomas?] I was surprized to hear of so many
Merchants Breaking down in Belfast and else
where I was happy to hear that farmers was
doing well I hope the Landlords will not take
the advantage of good times and Robbe [rob?]
them of all that they have dearly Earned
I will send you Newspapers regular and
always let you know if Ths [Thomas?] & I are well
that will answer as well as many letters
I am very Busy at present we are making
great preparations for Receiving and Shipping
a large quantity of Coal this summer we will
have [sixty?] coal Boats running from here to
Sharon Beaver to Pittsburgh will start on Monday
next Father and Mother I trust that you will
both make yourselves as comfortable and happy
as Possible now when the frailitys [frailties?]
of old age is setting in upon you I know that
my Brothers thats convenient will visit you often
do not think to much about us that is at a distance
perhaps we may be spared to see you yet before
long we have both made up our minds till go home
again if health permits us as far Thos [Thomas?]
you need not be uneasy about him his Conduct Steady
habits and strict attention to Buisiness [business?]
is an example to old men although he is only a boy
and far from home as has myself I trust you will not
have it impressed upon your minds that I am living a
life of wickedness and disobedience as I have done in
days gone by as a proff [proof?] of it if I was I
would not be so long in places of Trust respectability
and money making as I have been with My Tryed [tried?]
friend Mr. King & General Reed My Conduct & Manners of
doing Buisiness [business?] since I came to Erie laid
a good foundation for my younger Brother that is a credit
to all our friends where ever the [they?] may be I will
be looking anxiously every night for a Newspaper or letter
to hear if you be both regained your former health
Please remember me to all my Brothers friends and Neighbours
I must conclude wishing you both good health and happiness
till we meet once more
I remain as ever your well wishing son till Death
John Carse