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Title: John Carse, Pennsylvania, to " Brother Samuel"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarse, John/17
SenderCarse, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginErie, Penn., USA
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientCarse, Samuel
Recipient Gendermale
SourceDonated by Mrs I. J. Beattie, 120 Carsonstown Rd., Lisowen, Saintfield, Ballynahich, Co. Down BT24 7JN
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9904026
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:99.
Word Count1667
TranscriptErie July 27th 1851

Brother Samuel
Your kind and welcome letter
we recieved [received?] in eighteen days
from date of postage we were rejoiced to learn
that you were all well had got a Newspaper some days
previous mentioning the same glad tidings health is
above all things in this world Thomas and I never
enjoyed better health although in the heat of summer
I never was as lusty all my life Thomas
and I has none till work but plenty
exercize [exercise?] and lives as well and better
than any Landlord in Ireland no person cursing or
praying prayers on us as the [they?] are doing on them
we have a new line of Steamers calling here dialy
[daily?] the [they?] are running from the New York
and Erie Railroad to the west the [they?] call here
for coal and passengers we Board in the Cabin on the
very bert [berth?] with plenty of Niggers to wait
upon us some Boats will have eight and 10 hundred
Emigrants on deck besides the Cabin passengers I
can assure you the [they?] live splendidly on these
Steamboats them that has a cabin fare but the
Deck passengers is just lying about in clusters like
hogs any person that wants to be comfortable let them
take the cabin we have no sunday here only by mere chance
when the steam boats is all eighty East or West sometimes
one would scarcely now [know?] what day it was only by
the ringing of the town bells for church the crowds
of emmigrants [emigrants?] and spectators the noise of
the loads of hogs from the West the running of Cars
[---?] and driveing [driving?] of Omnibuses to and from
Hotels makes it a busey [busy?] looking place for a while
with all I never seen a fight since I came here or anything
like it except among sailors everyone minds his own
business no curseing [cursing?] of popes here or King
Williams tell Mother that I am rejoiced to inform her of
a friendly and Welcome visitor that arrived of [off?] a
steamboat here on Monday last his name is uncle George
McCann the man that was dead and came alive again that
was lost and was found again Thomas new [knew?] him
whenever he spoke he did not now [know?] Thomas he
asked for me and where I was Thomas named him at once
he can walk as smart and look as well as ever I seen
him only some little stooped I could challenge any
man in Ireland or this country of his years to walk
with him and there is many 20 years younger that he
could out go for a long Journey he says that he had
visited none for seven years and having word of so
many new friends recently arrived he could rest no
longer till he would see them all he regulated his
household affairs early in June and started by stage
to Dresdon [Dresden?] was kindly recieved [received?]
by friends there then till uncle Archys Thomases
stoped [stopped?] there all night left in a Buggay
[buggy?] next day for uncle Jemmys [Jimmy?] stoped
[stopped?] there two nights then uncle Samuels stoped
[stopped?] there three nights and so on from place
to place till he was through them all there was a
buggay [buggy?] ready for him every morning he says
he was a regular gentlman crowds of friends at every
house to see him he was not [stained] [more?] than
three nights in one house he had so many till visit
and some of them far apart he says that short visits
makes long friends and a [bachelor?] in a strange
country shouldnt tell there [their?] age or count
purse till no man I wish you heard him imatate
[imitate?] Aunt Eliza she told how badly the [they?]
had been treated when the [they?] came away by friends
and Neighbours how much the [they?] had left with
Cousin James Caragullan and got nothing for it
bedsteads looking Glasses tables etc he says that
she cant blow false much in his ear that he new
[knew?] her in old times he says that the old fox
is beginning to see through her folly already he
calls uncle sam the old fox uncle Jemmey is puffing
away as usual and filling the house with granduer
[grandeur?] at other folks expense all well he stoped
[stopped?] here all week and a happier man you
never seen although in a hotel and I told the landlord
to give him every thing he called for to make him
comfortable the least sighn [sign?] of liquor you would
never seen upon him Thomas was greatly pleased with him
he gave us both some excellant [excellent?] advices and
told us many good jokes more than any man I fell in with
yet he wanted to learn Thomas the stick exercize [exercise?]
and a great many old tricks I can safely say there is not
a happier man in America he says that he thinks he has
no enemies in this world and better to live in a small
house alone as a large building with a brawling woman I wish
you heard his funny remarks it would make any person laugh
he was here when your letter arrived heared [heard?] it read
you mentioned that Cousin James McCann Caragullun [Carrigallen?]
wanted him home it raised him up 20 years younger made Thomas
read it over several times he says he might be in Caragullan
[Carigallen?] yet and Lisowen he says he nursed James many a
time and he might nurse some of his faimly [family?] yet
James never would rue sending for him he is a honest upright
old friend and ought care to be friendly used and protested
in his old age he would be a useful man to James yet he is
healthy rugged and active never took one shilling worth of
medicine since he came till this country no matter where he
stops he proposes lending money to some person around by such
policy and his appearance and manners strangers takes him to
be independantly [independently?] rich and can always get in
amongst the best of company I wanted him write to some of you
his answer was that it would take a letter as long as the moral
law to hold all he thought that uncle Jemmey could write enough
for both he left here on the Beavear [Beaver?] Packet for a
place called Hamburgh [Hamburg?] within seven miles of James
Jamisons where he would leave the canal and go on foot till
Jameses see all there then to Williams and John Boals wants to
see Jonneys [Johnny's?] young Wife and some other friends out
there thereby will go by the way of Beavear [Beaver?] to see
James Patterson where he spent many good days again he returns
home till the town of Congress where he started his Journey
by land and Water since he left will be over 1000 miles when
I would write he wised [wished?] to be remembered to Father
Mother and all friends respectively old Henry Carse and
family all well he was well pleased to hear that Betty
Maxwell was still around yet he thinks that Betty and him
could keep one fireside amused for two nights talking over
the old scenes and relating some new ones besides haveing
[having?] a hearty smoke he wishes to be remembered to Betty
on account of old times John Jackson is getting along well
after his searous [serious?] and nearly fatal accident he is
well attended by the best of Doctors that could be found but
John often speaks of Doctor Read of Saintfield he is under
the impression that he could beat all the Doctors that has
visited him yet with broken bones and I think so myself John
has had four different Doctors with him and I feared for a
long time that the broken leg would be a little shorter than
the other I have better hopes now the [they?] put what the
[they?] call an extension on to keep it at full length he
was fortunate to be carrayed [carried?] into a friendly
mans house although a stranger amongest [amongst?] strangers
he could not be better used at home a better nurse with a sick
man nor Misses [Missus?] Stirrett I never seen he never spoke
of home through all he suffered with with (sic) patiance
[patience?] what has befallen him she has all his shirts
socks and Clothes clean and packed in his trunk as neatly
as his sister Alis [Alice?] would do his Clothes and linens
is all of the verey [very?] Best and safe [save?] only the
pantaloons he had on him the [they?] had to be cut of
[off?] in peicies [pieces?] I expect the next time I visit
him he will be on the crutches going about I was glad to
hear that Mr [McCune?] got Married to a handsome fourtune
[fortune?] the clergymen in Ireland Marrays [marries?]
for money and prays for love here the [they?] Marray
[marry?] for love and all other things is added unto
them I am proud to hear word of any of my old aquantanance
[acquaintance?] getting a good fortune if the [they?]
would give the landlords none of it where many a
indoustrous [industrious?] earning has went
the cursed villains one and all of them please remember
me to all friends and neighbours I hope John Ellison
is still as able to work as usual I have worked none
hard since we parted last whenever you hear of a man
working hard in any country you may be sure he is badly
payed [paid?] and least thought of this much so here
I must finish by wishing you all good health and
happiness to we meet again I always remain
your affectionate Brother John Carse write soon

I have got a newspaper just now from George in Belfast
dated July 7th