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Title: Thomas Carse, [Pennsylvania?] to ["Dear Brother?"]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCarse, Thomas/18
SenderCarse, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationshipping clerk for a railway company
Sender Religionunknown
OriginErie, Penn., USA
RecipientCarse, Robert?
Recipient Gendermale
SourceDonated by Mrs I.J. Beattie, 120 Carsonstown Rd., Lisowen, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, BT24 7JN
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9904103
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:04:99.
Word Count339
TranscriptErie Augt 3rd 1851

Dear Brother,
I now feel it my duty to write you
a very few lines which I never have had the privilege
of doing since my arrival on this side of the
Atlantic. I was always happy to hear of you
being so fortunate in the course of your travels
through the several parts of the world, where so
many meet with dangers & mischances. John
& I received newspapers from you occasionally which
gives us to know that you are always well we are also
very glad to have the reading of an Irish paper betimes
merely to let us know the state of affairs of the country
at present. I read over the several speeches & arguments
of your Belfast & neighbouring clergymen at the meeting
of assembly with great pleasure
I wonder very often if the ministers about Belfast expect
their hearers to follow their example. I think if they did
they would scarcely ever be free from a quarell [quarrel?],
it it is really surprising how unlearned men can gather
together & discuss their several matters without raising such
a tumult.
We had a letter from Saml [Samuel?] some time ago which
we were very happy to find that Father, Mother & all the rest
were in good health and that the crops [look?] favourable
but times nothing [improved?] Uncle George who arrived with
us a day previous on a visit through all his friends, was
just ready to start for James Jamison, when we read the letter
he was well pleased with its contents he thinks he will be in
Ireland and see "bra lasses" there before long,
he is about as happy a man as I have seen since I came to
this country, nothing at all to annoy him is very jokey
is going round by William Jamisons & John Boals. & then by
Beaver & then will [Head?] for Dresden, he gives a favourable
account of Uncle James's family says that they will after some
time be all independent they always keep up very high rank,
never lose any of their time writing to John
or I, perhaps we are not worthy of a letter I feel as proud
as them in that respect. I visited John Jackson yesterday
his leg is almost better if the flesh was only mended he is
some leaner now by being confined to bed but he has a good
appetite he will be able to be up in the course of a week
he gets good attendance, we see to him regularly & provide
him with everything he fancies.
I am well satisfied that I happened to take
the thought of coming to this country, though against the
will of some of my friends but I think them a greater friend
for my own welfare those that kindly advised me to it. I never
rued my coming, for at home I could see [no?] prospect of
making anything, it is quite the reverse here no person will
ask you to do even a single thing without paying a penny as
for any person of my age, with a little scholarship can
do well even better than if older. Any Business
man here would much rather have any young person to commence
business with them in a store office, or any other
place, as one that had been practised in the old country,
for they think it more difficult to get an old hand
trained to [their?] method, and another thing, it is only a
mere chance for a man to get into such business as
he would wish for at the very first especially among strangers.

I have known many well learned smart men, having to commence
some very rough work, until they got their character and
themselves made known not until then have they got much chance.
You will please write home as soon as you
receive this and let them know that we are both in good health
And wishes to hear from them often.
I now Remain
Your Affectionate Brother
Thomas Carse