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Title: Jane Armstrong, Hampshire County, U.S.A., to Mrs Richard Baxter, Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileArmstrong, Sarah/4
SenderArmstrong, Sarah B.
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHampshire County, USA
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs Richard Baxter
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 682/55: Presented by Mr P. Doake, "Glenlagan", Kinallen, Dromore, County Down, Ireland
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9702052
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 31:01:97.
Word Count1951
Transcript[----?] 43

Mrs Richard Baxter
Crossgar House
via } County Down
New York} Ireland

Romney Jany. [January?] 26th 1843

My ever dear Aunt

After so long a silence I scarcely know how or in what
manner to address you it would be needless to take up my paper
with apoligies [apologies?] or useless regrets suffice it to say
that I still retain [retain?] the warmest affection for all my
dear Crossgare relatives You will be no doubt surprised to hear
that Elisabeth is married to Mr Ambrose Cramer as she mentioned
nothing of it to Aunt Jane when she wrote to her in October last
she knows nothing of it then as the first time she saw Mr.
Cramer was the day she closed her letter and she said Aunt Jane
would think she was a little crazy as she thought she nether
[neither?] put site or place of residence to her letter Mr.
Cramer is a son of Mr. Ambrose Cramer formerly of Downpatrick
who removed to this country in the year 1800's have no doubt my
dear Uncle remembers him as I often heard my father speak of the
family and regret he had not come out with him my Father had
business at one time old Mr Cramers neighbour houce [house?] and
took that opperttenety [opportunity?] of visiting him he said
Mrs Cramer gave him the warmest reception he ever had in this
country Mr Ambrose Cramer, Elisabeth's Husband was not quite two
years old when he came to this country he was a Widower with
five children three sons and two Daughters his two latest are
sons and and grown he is a merchant in Williamsport state of
Maryland of high respectability and one of the warmest and
most affectionate hearted men I ever saw I love him as an own
Brother they were married on the 22nd of December and started
off imediately [immediately?] they arrived at Mrs Davenports the
next day for dinner and staid [stayed?] untill [until?] Saturday
morning and got home that evening being Christmas ere [here?]
Elisabeth met with the warmest reciption [reception?] at Mrs.
Davenports who is Mr Cramers only sister he wrote to me that she
was about [---?] up with Irish lore her Father lives there at
the advanced age of 89 he was very much pleased at Mr Cramer's
fancying one of my Father Daughters as he said he knew her to be
of good stock I had a letter from Brother Ambrose after they got
home he said his Father clasped Elisabeth in his arms and said
it made his old heart young again to receive her as his own
Daughter from his own lovedland I have heard from them
frequently they seem perfectly happy the children met her with
the warmest affection I had a letter from his eldest Daughter
who is fourteen she speaks in the kindest manner of her Mother
as she called Elisabeth and writes to me in the most
affectionate manner although I have never seen her Williamsport
is 79 miles from Romney we have known Mr Cramer from character
and he as although we have never seen each other untill [until?]
lately Brother Francis and him corrisponded [corresponded?] at
one time. Now my dear Aunt I have told you so much about
Elisabeth you no doubt will wish to hear how Ellen and myself
comes on without her I [now?] assure you we miss her very much I
thought the manner of life [--?] [--ad?] burthen enough with her
assistance and have had strong intention of giving it up for
some time and certainly hope to accomplish it in the course of
this year though I look to a kind [Rosidence?] to arrest us as I
know of we follow his guidence [guidance?] we can not err he has
led us through many trials and difficulties and he will shew
us our duty in this. Brother Francis still lives in
Wheeling he has now three children all daughters Ellen [Janes?]
Sarah Petterson [Patterson?] and Frances Isabella for him self
and his Wife as he dispairs [despairs?] of ever having a son David
lives in Ohio in a place called South-Charleston it is about thirty
miles south west of [Calumbas?] the seat of government and upwards of
three hundred miles from Romney he was here on a visit this
summer with his Wife and all his children four of the finest and
best [behave?] children I ever saw Frank his eldest a fine
interesting boy with warm affections [Lawrence?] is handsome
with a fine disposition Ellen Baxter my Father over again she is
as fair as a lilly [lily?] certainly the most gentle lady like
manners I [torn] saw [torn] of her age [---ssess?] the Babe
[baby?] was to young to form [torn] opinion about but it was a
very sweet little thing it was only two [torn?] old the day it
arrived here Davids Wife is quite a fine looking woman of ever
looked thier [there?] you see my dear Aunt my dear Mother's name
will not go down as she possessed the affections of her children
in no common degree and I do not say it because she was my
Mother but I have never seen her like her Christian Graces were
refined in the purchase of afflictions she never [murmured?]
none [know?] but her God the extent of her sufferings I feel it
not to much to say that like the silver [burnished?] and ready
by polishing to reflect the Masters image so was her spirit
found when about to be set free from its clay tabernacle now I
have got on the theme of my Mother I could write a volume but
you all knew her but not as well as I did for I was her child
and saw her die she lives in my affections as strong as when she
was first laid in her grave.
My dear Aunt Cramer has paid the debt of nature but died [such?]
a peaceful happy death that you need not know as those haveing
[having?] no hope for what else is worth liveing [living?] for
but to die well our course in this world must leave us to
mansions not made with hands eternal in the Heavens or down
abyss of us and what is time to eternity a hands breadth I would
rather be the meanest beggar on earth with an interest in the
atoneing blood of the son of God than the Lien [Lion?] in
Egyptian darkness Now my dear Aunt when you write tell me all
about my relitives [relatives?] as I am interested for them all
both for thair [their?] spiritual and temperate welfare as thair
[there?] is no probility [probability?] of our meeting on earth
I hope to meet you all arround [around?] the Throne and mingle
our views in one universal song of praise you may think I have
forgotten you all but I have a distinct recollection of all my
dear friends even your Eliza Mary and James who were so much the
youngest tell Eliza I remember when her and myself slept in the
press bed and you dear Aunt used to tell us of us quarled
[quarrelled?] it could not be about kindred as we were the same
blood I remember all my Crossgar Cousins with a great deal of
affection as they were as kind to me as the were to them selves
[themselves?] Richard used to acuse [accuse?] Jane of being
partial to me I tell you all this to let you see how well I
remember you all I hope my dear Aunt this letter will find you
enjoying better health than you general do [----?] able to
answer it if not you can get one of my dear Cousins to do
[ask?], what would I give to see you all how des [does?] my dear
Aunt Jane and Mary do I was distressed to hear that Aunt Jane's
health was not good but [-----?] this she is finely [finally?]
recovered Elisabeth wrote to her in October I hope she has
recieved [received?] the letter [-- ---?] tell her if she wishes
to write to direct her letter to Romney and I will forward it to
her. Cousin William and his famely [family?] still live in
Romney William and Edward are married and have families James
his youngest son is studieing [studying?] law he is in Staunton
at present attending Judge Thompsons law lectures he is quite a
promising young man and it is thought will make a handsome
speaker William is a sherif [Sheriff?] Edward [Caward?] is a
merchant in partnership with Mr Gibson he is much more of an
Armstrong than William he has two sons his oldest is upwards of
three years old a lovely boy Cousin Betsy has been in bad health
for some time [and?] has been [--------ably?] confined to her
room for some time Cousin William's health is as good as persons
generally at his time of life Mr. Gibson lives one mile from
town on a farm it is quite a plesent [pleasant?] walk I like his
Wife very much she treats us as kind as if she was a relative
his oldest Daughter was married about two years ago to a
Gentleman from Pensylvania [Pennsylvania?] of the name of Given
he is of Irish desent [descent?] I think from Colerain
[Coleraine?] she was [----?] last summer with a young son
[named?] David Gibson she is a very handsome woman Mr. Cramer
promised Mr. Gibson to to [sic] take Elisabeth to see Sarrah
[Sarah?] as it would be a short trip by the rail road Mr. Gibson and Mr.
Cramer are warm and old friends they are both Eldrs [Elders?] in
the in the [sic] Presbyterian Church I think Elisabeth blessed
in getting such a [-----?] man they are also members and strong
[advocates?] of the temperance society. Mr Cramer has delivered
lectures in public on the [subject?] although I have heard him
say he never was intoxicated in his life the temperance society
has done a vast amount of good in this country as well as in
Ireland. Father Mathews has extended his pledge over on this
side of the Atlantic amongst his [own?] denomination it is a
good thing as they were often a disgrace to thair [their?]
native land from thair [there?] roitous [riotous?] conduct in
public works There is a general depression in this country in
the way of trade you hear nothing but the cry of hard times from
all quarters what it will end in I do not know general
bankruptcy I suppose the people of these United States are
given to a great deal of extravagance they will live while the
can how does [Aunt?] [W----?] do tell her when you see her I
sent my affectionate love to her and to [----er?] that I
recollect her perfectly. I am like the Exile, I dreaming I
revisit thy sea beaten shore; and in that way keep up my
acquaintanc [acquaintance?] and to my Ballynahinch friends give
very [----?] though I never think of that sweet place only when
I can not help it [no?] it brings nothing but [painfull?]
recollections I wrote to James Croziar a few weeks ago you must
give my warmest [love?] to Aunt Jane Mary Uncle and all my
Cousins and except [accept?] the same for yourself also to all
my other Crossgare friends believing me to be [---?] { Ellen say
to gave her love to [torn] your trully [truly?] affectionate
Niece Aunt Thompson an Eliza was thair [their?] [torn] she will
write to them she [sends?] [torn] you all Sarah B. Armstrong