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Title: [Thomas?] Carse, Pittsburgh, to "Brother Robert"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarse, Thomas/15
SenderCarse, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationshipping clerk for a railway company
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPittsburgh, Penn., USA
DestinationCo.Down, N.Ireland
RecipientCarse, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceDonated by Mrs I.J. Beattie, 120 Carsonstown Rd., Lisowen, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, BT24 7JN, N.Ireland.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9904109
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:04:99.
Word Count932
Transcript[Manangahela?] House
Pittsburgh. Apl 21 / 57

Brother Robert,
Here I am in Pennsylvania
in the City of Pittsburgh, familiarly known as the
"Smoky City", where I have not yet found any person
express himself in the words of the poet- "there is
nothing new under the sun"- for I verily believe that
those who have never been out of the city- "know nothing"-
of that great luminary. I am here therefore in the
midst of gloominess - of smoke, of coal dust, and by
the way, dirt generally. Before making my appearance
in public this morning I was foolish enough to put
on my "most intimate garment" so called by some of
our young ladies, but familiarly known among some
others, and among batchelors as a "shirt"- yet mine
happened to be a clean one- as white as though it
had been "done up" under the supervision of my Mother
for, be it known that my ideas of a clean shirt are
such that great care is exercised in the selection of
a washerwoman, one of morality, industry, and who
knows how to "do up linens". I have said that I put
on a clean shirt this morning - but alas for anything
white in Pittsburgh. Said shirt had not been on me
[stain] hours before it received the impress or stamp of
[stain] city - but no matter. I leave here to morrow morning
when I may once more see the sun and white face
and hands. I arrived here yesterday, and take this
opportunity (while the accounts which I brought
hither for settlement are undergoing investigation) to
write you. One thing however I must say for Pittsburgh
which is this - According to my idea of beauty and
art, there are more "handsome", healthy and intelligent
looking young ladies here than in any other City in
the Union, and I doubt much whether Byron saw
any more beautiful in Cadiz or Venice. But what
of that? They no doubt are all engaged, and I
need only hope that they will all get good husbands
who can afford to spend a summer at Saratoga or
some fashionable watering place adjacent to a soap
factory. But in speaking of the young ladies of
Pittsburgh, I was alluding to their beauty which they
really possess, not to the coal dust which is here
impossible to avoid. I found my old friend
and tutor (Mr Luartz) yesterday afternoon. He is
employed in the post office in this city. Time has
made its mark upon him, although not as deeply
as I would have anticipated. After tea last ev'g
[evening?] I crossed over to his residence in Allegheny
City, which is directly on the other side of the Allegheny
river from this City. I had some little difficulty in
finding the house, but through the kindness of those
of whom I enquired, I was soon ushered into the
presence of his family. Mrs L. bears some resemblance
of herself in the days when we were school-mates, yet
had I met Mr or Mrs Luartz in the street I would
not have recognized either. They knew me however,
and I must say the evening's entertainment was indeed
pleasant. The elder boy, Sam is in a store, the second
John, I found with slate & pencil deeply interested in
Simple Interest, and Eliza Jane (or Eliza Ann I have
forgotten the name) is a child of some three years, having
every appearance of good health. On my return
to the Hotel I was "struck" with the appearance of
the several manufacturing Establishments, where
inestimable quantities of Iron Nails & Glass are daily
turned out. These establishments are kept in full
blast night and day. However in this hasty scrawl
I shall not attempt to describe the business of the
City. This Spring so far has been very unpleasant.
Has snowed or rained nearly every day for the past
three weeks. I was greeted with about four inches
of snow in Cleveland on Sunday last. The climate
here however, is somewhat milder. The crops I
fear will be much injured by coldness & severity
of the weather. I have quite recovered in
health, although my strength is not yet restored.
This is my first business transaction out of
Sanctuary since my recovery. I will [leave?] here
by first train for the west to [stain] [stain]
I received a paper from Sam about two weeks
ago. No late news from our Mercer Cousin
[Maskingan?] or friends. John was well at last
accounts. Am happy to learn that George & yourself
are doing a good business. Am much pleased with
my present situation and will likely remain
in the same employ during the summer. Write
me at your earliest convenience, and give me
a list of the old bachelors who are soon to be
married. As my time generally is precious, I
do not want you to mistake this as a request
for the list of old bachelors ([stain] of [stain]
have a wife in his eye whose duty it is to have
her in his arms) who do not anticipate marriage.
I merely wish a list of those soon to be married
for I know it would do ones eyes good.
Remember me kindly to all kind friends & acquaintances
and say to Mother that since writing her I
have been attending to my duties daily in the
office etc. The River here is now in a
good navigable condition, but you might laugh
if you saw some of our river boats. Each & all
[stain] [stain] or break somebody, so who cares?
In Haste. Your Brother etc
[Thomas?] Carse