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Title: Mary Doak, Kinalton, To Elizabeth Armstrong, Virginia.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileDoak, Mary/219
SenderDoak, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKinalton, Ireland?
DestinationVirginia, USA
RecipientArmstrong, Elizabeth
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD.682/119: Presented by Mr. P. Doake, "Glenlagen", Kinallen,Dromara, County Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9705324
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 23:05:97.
Word Count1547
TranscriptPostmarked Phila [Philadelphia?], 17 Jun
Pa. [Pennsylvania?]

To: Miss Elizabeth Armstrong
Care of Wm [William?] Armstrong Esq.
State of Virginia

Kinalton May 8th 1837

My dear Elizabeth
I cannot be mistaken in addressing
you thus for though from conclusion of the
Letter which I had the gratification of receiving
from you I am inclined think that Mr Hawthorne
would have been the more fitting direction for the
outside of my letter should this be so allow me to
offer my sincerest congratulations on the occassion
[occasion?] and warm wishes for your enjoyment of every
possible happiness in your new situation

Should I be premature now I hope I shall not
always be so but that my good wishes may come
in their proper place on some future occassion

I hope matrimony (if you be a matron) will not
spoil your taste for letter writing nor make you
forget your friends you see what a good example
I am setting you though as I like to give every
one their due [much?] of merit I must say that
you may partly thank my better half for this letter
Jn. [John?] has been telling me several times that I should
write to you and will not allow me to put it off
this time as he thinks it such a good opportunity
Indeed he is not a bad sort of body as [times?] go
I only wish your husband may be just as good and
you may think yourself very well off [it?] [was?]
brother of Thomas Davidson's who is going out with
his family who will be the bearer of this letter
and I think I may depend on him posting it
safely in the post office when he gets to the other side
I had another melancholy inducement for being
willing to write to you at present I am sure
you will all and your dear Father in particular
be grieved to hear that our dear Mich [Michael?] Armstrong
has paid the debt of nature just a week since
after a fortnight of severe suffering from Ensypatus
[Encephalitis?] in his face you are aware that [?] [?]
breaking down rapidly for some time but he might still
have weathered the gale for some years had he not
been attacked by this severe complaint He has left
few equals and no superiors behind him your Father
will be grateful to hear that his superior worth
received the same tribute of respect after his
death that was awarded to it by all classes during
his life Every shop in Ballynahinch was closed
from his decease on Sunday till his internment
which took place on Wednesday morning at eight
o'clock [?] was attended by a large and [informed?]
able concourse comprising all denominations
of the community who had been in any degree
acquainted with him. I do not know anything
as yet of the arrangement of his affairs or whether
the family will remain as they are at present

I am sure you will be grateful to hear that
poor Eliza Armstrong is restored to health and
to her friends once more perhaps this took place
previous to the date of Aunt Janes last letter but
I do not recollect when she wrote and I forgot
to ask her It was a great comfort that Eliza was
able to be home before her Fathers death she was
fondly attached to him and in great distress at
losing him. Poor [Philip?] Armstrong is still an invalid
and still worse a bankrupt at present poor fellow
he was not fit to attend to his own business and of
course strangers would not supply his place.

[?] to Frank Heron of Killileagh [Killyleagh?] he had built a
fine house some years ago and had made it a beautiful place
when he was called off he was an old bachelor and a most
estimable man in many respects [our?] Brother Richd
[Richard?] & James are just going on as when you heard of
them last. Rich.d [Richard?] has only the two
little sons yet his wife is delicate and rather unfortunate
some times in having premature births She is a very kind
woman and very affectionate with all Richard's friends James
Anne and Eliza still remain in a state of [single?]
[blessedness?] not the worst way I believe for them who do
not like too much ease Aunt Jane and Mary are well except
their old complaint of headaches being often my Father
is as quiet as ever but obliged to be a little more [?]

It is a great pity both of him and his Mother and as much if
not more of his young wife she is a very lovely young woman
and has had a little son about 4 months ago. Speaking of
children Sally Davidson had another little daughter on
Saturday night this is the seventh for her I have one little
boy a year and four months old and I think it plenty John
Davidson has built a fine large home this last year they will
be ready to go into it about August they will find it a
great comfort for they were getting very throng in the old
one My Aunt Davidson was nearly gone in Influenza which has
been very prevalent here and carries off great numbers in
these countries I believe it has been full as mortal as
Cholera which was so much dreaded We were greatly afraid of
our dear Mother being attacked by it as it was particularly
fatal on delicate constitutions but she escaped during the
winter and did not take it till about 2 months ago however
the attack was not very severe and she is now recovering
though still weak but I trust as she has the Summer before
her now that the fair weather will strengthen her Aunt
Crozier has been very ill for the greater part of the winter
also I believe she is rather better though still very poorly.
Indeed she was dangerously ill just about the same time that
[?] Armstrong it was evident could not [more?] many days and
poor Wm [William?] Crozier was very unpleasantly situated as
he did not like to leave B-hinch [Ballynahinch?] and he was
naturally anxious to be with his Mother however she was so
far recovered as to allow James to attend my Uncles funeral.
Aunt Waddell has had Influenza too and is still delicate but
indeed she is the stoutest of the three Sisters Francis is
still living with her endeavouring to make all she can off
this little farm This has been a melancholy season in Ireland
in many respects there is hardly a family that has not been
visited by some disease either more or less and many by
death. This spring too is miserably backward we have had a
constant [mission?] of rain. frost, and snow the entire
season and now on the first day of May that used to be such a
glorious climate of Ireland appears to be undergoing a
wonderful change for the worse We have no spring now and the
Summers are cold and wet and the harvest so late and
unfavourable that in many parts both of Ireland and Scotland
they cannot get the crops saved and the poor are consequently
in a starving condition. Emigration is going on to a great
extent and though you appear to have such a mean opinion of
emigrants I can assure you that generally speaking they are
[?] [?] [?] well [?] a class of people before they leave this
country James is always studying the subject of emigration I
am sometimes afraid he may take the notion to leave Ireland
he says if he had a high or indeed almost any rent to pay
that he would not stay here at all but then I think it would
be to New Holland or some of these new places that he would
go I have not given you much news in this letter I take it
for granted that Aunt Jane gave you all the [?] information
of this country when she wrote last I do not think there has
been any change in the barrons families since that time
[Henderson?] on Black has another son dead of consumption a
young man called Jackson We lost a valuable friend and
neighbour during the winter in Wm [William?] Cowan Heron
now in his old days than he bargained for in his young
indeed I believe there is no such thing as getting [through?]
the world now without exertion I wish I had lived a century ago
now I do not expect dear Elizabeth that if you have
not already answered Aunt Janes letter that you will set
about an answer to both hers and mine
without loss of time It does not matter
who receives your letter it has so
many friend to go Your last to me
was such a rarity that it went
wonderful rounds before it stopped
and you need not fear but the
next will be equally [with?] [this?]
Jane is provoked at the negative
character I have given [?]
a wonderful high opinion of you and indeed
I must say after three years intimate
acquaintance that you may have
the same of him I have no room for [him?]
imagine them all and Believe me to be your
Attached Cousin
Mary Doak