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Title: Mrs Coddington, Co. Meath, to John Crawford, USA.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCoddington, J.M/217
SenderCoddington, J.M.
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Meath, Ireland
RecipientCrawford, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 856/D/45: Sharman Crawford Papers from Crawford & Lockhart,Solicitors.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9702160
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 10:02:97.
Word Count785
TranscriptDr White
John Sharman Crawford Esq.
[Care of Messrs Sharman & Gi-------?]
[P---l Street?]
[New York?] [address crossed out?]

27 [circular arrival postmark 27 Apr 1836?]

[Farm?] the
Feby 24
[letter from Staleen, Co. Meath?]
My Dear John,
I hear that you have
ordered all your friends to have letters
for you at New York. [--?] as wish to be
considered one of that number, I chose to think the
order addressed to me, as [-ale?] as ye Shars [Sharmans?]
at Cburn [Crawfordsburn?], so I take up my pen though
indeed I have but little to say except
thank God we are all well, and happy.
I am delighted to hear the good accounts
of you, that [Marian?] sends me very
frequently. It is very pleasant to hear
of your enjoying your visit to America
so much, & the great civility you
meet with must be very gratifying.
I hope that you will derive not only
amusement, but permanent improvement
as Mama says you acknowledge your
politics are a little changed & if a visit
to America would have the same effect
on Papa & Charley, I would not be sorry that
they took an [excursion?]. Many things
would very well in theory that will not be found to
answer well or cannot be carried into practise; and
I dare say you have found that the
case in America - but enough of
politics, which I hate, I only hope I shall
find you much improved - what wd [would?]
Charley say to me if he was here?
Henry is at the Assizes, and Arthur is
paying me a flying visit, on his way
to [---ent?], his leg is now nearly well, but
it has been a great annoyance
to him - I have been having since I returned
from C-burn [Crawfordsburn?] as great a life as [---s?]
[---ching?] of holding -though indeed
they are attending & good children. [Tedy?] has been
growing most rapidly, and into a [----?]of [---?]
of [God?] I think has been very thin & looking
delicate, but I am finding her [life?], & I
hope she is beginning to get stronger.
Midge is as well as any little animal
can be and is in great spirits
there does not seem much
danger of her outgrowing her things.
I hope there is no danger of your
losing your heart, I do not much
fancy the idea of having an American
sister. [----?] about [----?] yrself [yourself?]
[---?] you are & then I will allow
you to try and settle yourself for
life - so make good use of your
time. Do you [--ttled?] the figure
we put in yr [your?] bed a C-burn [Crawfordsburn?]
I have not played such tricks since I have been
very gently and properly behaved. Poor Ella
has been a great sufferer from one of her bad
sore throats, but is now convalescent, I hope the
change of air to Cheltenham will set her up
and that they will enjoy their trip to England
it will be good for them all & I am glad
Mama has been stirred up to undertake
it - [Holbridge?] no use have been getting on
but slowly, but now that the days have got
longer - I hope the work will advance more
rapidly, the roof is quite finished & I think
it will be a comfortable, handsome house,
all but the hall which I fear will look
very small - I am happy to say that I think
Mr Coddington is becoming reconciled to
it, he seems to take an interest in it, &
he never now says a word against it, so I
am sure he is coming around, we expect
it will be finished by this time next year
a large house I think will be a great
comfort to us all. - Mr Coddington has
got over the winter better [than?] [-much?]
with less cough, and is as kind hearted &
affectionate as ever. I do not think Henry
has hinted as much as usual this
winter, he has had other occupations
he is now his Father's Agent & he has
had the building at Blackbridge to oversee
but he enjoys a [blank?] as much
as ever - I am afraid you will think
this a very stupid letter - but I have nothing
to enhance it with, & I think it is better
than none, it will show you that though
absent you are not forgotten - I trust we
shall be both spared to meet, & it be [-------?]
by hearing you, [------?] your [------?]
The [Skeffingtons?] all desire their best to you
so does Arthur, who says he would write
to you if he had anything to say.
Adieu, my Dear John, may God bless you
& believe me Yr [your?] truly affectionate sister
J.M. Coddington.