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Title: Mary Anderson, Chattanooga, USA to her Mother, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileAnderson, Mary/31
SenderAnderson, Mary (Minnie)
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChattanooga, Tennessee, USA
DestinationCo. Wicklow, Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourcePhotocopied by Courtesy of General Sir John Anderson
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9408287
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 10:08:1994.
Word Count626
28th October 1886

My darling Mother,
Your last letter, about a week ago, was
in answer to mine, moarning over the loss of
letters - of course you know, long before this,
that we are now receiving them regularly -
but those to B'ham [Birmingham?], & one Good Words we
never received, & never shall I fear - Papa's
Express came yesterday, & interested us - I was d
SO much grieved, & indeed so was H. [Henry?] to hear of
poor Miss Charlotte Strange's [?] death - She was
so vigorous & all when we last saw her,
& the others so fragile - Life and Death are
strange - I feel much for the poor sister,
please when you see them, give them
our true sympathy - Poor old W. Stead gone
at last! as old Mr. Harnett of Listowel.
Said in the greatest seriousness "People are
dying now that never died before" -
& Lily married! I wonder how she will like
Australia - We have all been more or
less ill - The children with bad malarious
colds - & I with a sort of nasty feverish
attack, I felt very wretched for a week;
cold, hot, awful headache, pains in
bones etc, etc, for two days I was in bed,
Henry doing every single thing, & keeping the
whole house in perfect working order -
Violet very helpful, & indeed all of them
good - Not a thing neglected, but all as
right as any housekeeper could wish to
see it on getting up - I am now quite
better, but HE just beginning to be as I
was -
So much I wrote two days ago, &
have been too poorly to do any more at it
since - but today feel much better & am
going out for a little walk with Henry who
did not get such a bad attack as I
expected & is now well again but for a
cold - We have had wretched weather
for some weeks - very cold, damp
raw & foggy - today is nice and sunny -
Children now well as possible again
Yesterday this letter came from Mr Gamble
in reply to mine - A very kind, friendly
letter, I am so sorry I have this moment
upset the ink bottle on it - if the children
had done it I'd have been very
angry - however you can make out
the sense of it I think - They wd [would?]
I am sure, be glad to have us go
& stay at their house - & I do
hope we may be able to do so - It
says it must be done & that I must
go - but Oh dear! in this country a
woman can seldom leave home, if
she has children - What would I have
done but for H. [Henry?] this time when I
was ill?
I have not had a single other visitor
& positively I am glad, it will be
just as hard to go out visiting us here
as in Wicklow, with everything to be
done at home -
When Mr Smittison [?] was here he & H.
talked a good deal about us opening
business in Charleston! on account
of Real Estate etc being low after the
Earthquakes!!_ I can imagine your
consternation at the idea, but
I should not mind it in the least
tho' it has been quaking frightfully
of late.
Now Mother darling I must close,
this is a stupid letter, but I feel
stupid & can't help it -
I am going to write again to Mr Gamble
when we go shall bring all
your photoes [photos?]
Fondest of love to each & all
Your own child