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Title: Earl of Ava, Colorado, to the Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileEarl of Ava, Archibald/30
SenderArchibald, Earl of Ava
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginColorado, USA
RecipientHariot, Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD/1231/G/2/104: Deposited by Lady Hermonie Blackwood
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9808246
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 11:08:98.
Word Count407
Transcript27th July Denver Colorado [1893]

My dear Mama
I am so glad to hear you have been enjoying your visit to
England. Please tell Hermie & Victoria that I got their last
letters and will write later. I am also very pleased to hear
you all like Flora and conclude that the money difficulties
have been got over. Business seems in a bad way all over
America & men who are worth thousands are unable to realize
at present which may have been the case with Mr Davis. Hermie
tells me the marriage will be in Paris & not over here & I
think it is a better plan. I hope Freddy will get on in the
militia. At any rate he will have a good time while he is
over there.
There is considerable excitement in this town now. The
banks have busted & its full of unemployed. Last night
the mob broke into the jail & strung a murderer up not
far from this club & riddled his body with bullets. They
talk of more riots tonight but I dont know if anything will
happen. Crowds are at the station trying to get on to the
trains to go further east for food & employment & in some
towns they have taken forcible possession of the trains having
no money to pay for their tickets.
Last night alot of men were going to get me to a train here,
but the engine driver backed the train pretending to go to
the watershed to fill up the engine & then he came through
full speed.
Denver is a wonderful good place in many ways. I never saw
anything like the offices the men do their work in. One
I was in today was at the top of an eight storey high
building & had three sides with huge window looking out
on to the Rockies & two elevators, electric light,
telephones & baths all of the latest pattern's.
Tomorrow I go to Estes Park & then return here for a few
The newspaper cutting enclosed was sent to me from England -
what do you think of the account of the Dufferin livery.
Tomorrow I am 30 but do not feel it & hope to be able to
hold my own for years to come at any game.
I remain my dear Mama
Yours affecty [affectionately?] Archie

P.S. I know plenty of people in this town & am kept busy.