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Title: Thomas Carse, Buffalo, To "Dear Father and Mother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarse, Thomas/3
SenderCarse, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationshipping clerk for a railway company
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBuffalo, New York, USA
DestinationCo.Down, N.Ireland
Recipienthis parents
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceDonated by Mrs I.J. Beattie, 120 Carsonstown., Lisowen, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, BT24 7JN. N.Ireland
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9903079
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:03:99.
Word Count535
TranscriptOffice Buffalo and State Line Rail Road Company.
Buffalo, Jany 15th 1853

Dear Father & Mother,
I take this as the first
opportunity I have had in some time to write you,
it is very true that I owe you both a great many
letter, more than I can actually accomplish. You
are aware I presume, that leizure time on a Rail Road is
very limited, therefore you cannot expect from me now
as though my business was such that I could write you
oftener however, I will not apologise for I will confess
that I have served you both with ingratitude and
disaffection which I know that ought not to do but I have
not forgotten you, nor can I ever forget those who so
kindly watched over me in the days of my childhood
I am very happy to see on the
receipt of Newspapers, Letters &c, that you are both in
good health, a great blessing conferred upon you now
in your old days. You have had troubles that seem almost
unspeakable but it is very truly said that "we are born to
troubles" I am in good health, I have not
had any sickness for the past year, I am also well
situated in business, and in full confidence of my employers.
I do not spend my time to folly or travelling, but make
it a practice, in all cases, to work for the interest of any
employers whoever they may be. I hear from John
weekly and sometimes oftener, he is always in good
health. I understood by Mr Gilson [Gibson?] (a friend of
ours) that John was coming here to see me next week, the
distance is only 90 miles and the time from Erie here will
be about 3« hours. John is very attentive to his business,
and is considered a very steady business man - all he lacks
is education, and this he regrets now the blame certainly
is not attached to you, for when in his boyhood he had no
idea of travelling to a strange land to seek his fortune,
otherwise he might have improved himself to a good advantage.
I am happy to know that George
is got into business for himself, I wish him success. I
have got his advertisement cut out of a paper which John
sent me. I have no doubt with Roberts assistance, but
he will have a good chance of patronage. I find the only
way to do business is to accomodate [accommodate?] rich
and poor so that if they cannot speak well of you they
can speak no evil.
I had an answer to a letter from
Uncle Samuel some time ago in which he stated that they
were all well, also giving me a great many good advices
in regard to politics &c. he is down on Whiggery - he says -
he has seen too many of their vices, but each party of course
upholds its own side as the right, and the other the wrong.
He sympathizes with you, and says he should write to you
but he is growing so feeble that it would be a hard task
In writing my other sheet I will give more of the
particulars and more directed to my Brothers. "Good night
to all."
Thomas Carse
11.50 P.M.