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Title: Mary Anderson, Wichita, Kansas to Her Mother, Co. Wicklow
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileAnderson, Mary/15
SenderAnderson, Mary (Minnie)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginWichita, Kansas, USA
DestinationCo. Wicklow, Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT3258/4/8: Photocopied by Courtesy of General Sir John Anderson
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9410312
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:10:1994.
Word Count877
TranscriptMonday 4th July 1886

My darling Mother
This is the last sheet of paper in the house, so
you must excuse it - Your letter came some days ago -
We are both so glad you like our photos -
I am on the look out for Maria's & Eva's -
Henry started last evening on his journey, goes
first to Baltimore to see a friend of Mr. Smithsons'
& get information then on through the States
of Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, & Georgia
I send by this post a map of the States, you
will see the railway line he goes by - the principal
places he stops to look at are marked by a
circle in pencil - you will see (if we go to any of
them) how much nearer we shall be to the
Eastern coast only two days journey from New York
& close to Baltimore - San Francisco so far
away - Mr Carroll there now, we have letters from
him frequently - In each he raves about whatever
place he happens to be at, Los Angeles, "delightful"
San Diego (where his cousin who travelled out with
him is married to young Mayrick of Ballybrack)
Are to use a mild word NEW - He confided
them to H. who, he was disappointed to find
had quite different "views" -
We have been so busy packing - Henry of
course doing all, we now have everything
packed up except barely what will do us
till we move, when all extra things can go
into my fine large trunk. We were nearly
melted at the packing - the heat is almost
unendurable - one's skin pouring with perspiration
constantly - The bath one's only comfort - not
a pleasant prospect for travelling - everyone
who can, leaving Wichita for the hills of
Colorado & here & there - I am plunged into
a second sewing job owing to our move
what does to stay at home with does not
do to go away with, however I shall get
all done now nicely - the cow is sold, & we
are buying milk, which saves me a good deal
of trouble.
I am charmed to hear of dear Harris'
lovely time - how she will enjoy it, & how
Give my fondest love to her & to dear Bell
I delight in all news of her doings - She
will be rich in pretty views & have numbers
to show you when she comes home
I think I never heard of anything worse
than the Horners' conduct towards you all -
I am surprised at Mr. Horner, & gave her
credit for more steadfast feelings of
mindness & friendship - Why it can be, is
what I should like to be [know?] - very probably
Wm. [William] Indeed it is shameful -
Give my love to the Ghan ladies, Mussons,
Smyths, Douglasses & all kind old friends,
I often think of them all -
Since writing last Henry has made something
over £400 more - which brings our little "pile"
up to a little more than £4000 - all
our own - I can tell you we feel very glad &
thankful to have done so well in less than
two years - & I am sure you are all
glad with & for us -
I am so glad to hear from Sheffield today
that Nora has a fine boy - I am so glad it
is a boy - & there seems to be several pleasure
& congratulations among their Sheffield friends
it seems she & Rebecca like girls best.
D'arcy is a fine child, but, being more sensitive in
both body & mind than the others, he will never be
such a favorite, nor appear to such advantage
as the Twins - They don't know what shyness is -
& come out before people while he shrinks in -
He is troubled to a pitiable degree with strange
thoughts & puzzling ideas - One night he was crying
a great deal, & I asked him what was wrong, he
said "Mother isn't it dreadful to think of the time
when this world & we shall be NOTHING - I can't
bear to think of it! - I tried to comfort him with the
thought that our souls would live on, when our bodies
were dead, also that wealthy & the world would never
be NOTHING, always something useful & c - "Then"
he said "There's no such thing as NOTHING - only
in our minds" - At present he is trying vainly to
solve the problem as to "what laid the egg the first
hen came out of?" - Violet answers promptly
"God" - & the Twins chime in "God laid Everything"
(One would think they had had the advantage of Miss Kane's
teaching) but D'arcy is not yet satisfied -
The house is so lovely & everything spiritless without
the "Good Man" I wish we were all together again &
settled someplace for the present at least - I don't
feel so much afraid now that we have near neighbours
who tho' [though?] vulgar are friendly - still it is disagreeable
How are you? Kisses & fond love to each dear one
Your own Min