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Easter - Document 1

William J. Stavely, Philadelphia, to his Mother<
D1835/27/3/19: Presented by Greer Hamilton and Gailey, Solicitors, High<
Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.<
The Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.<
Action By Date<
Document added by C.R., 26:10:1993.<
126 North 9th Street<
April 19th 1879<
My dear Mother<
It may [----?] some time since you last heard from me<
but if you knew the uneventful life I had you would not be<
surprised at the weeks passing by without my taking up the<
pen to write to you. It is folly however to suppose in this<
account that something has happened to me. I never am sick<
and there is no use anticipating such evils until they come.<
You will see by my address I have lately made a change in<
residence. The house I was living in the landlord took into<
his head to turn into a store and all had to leave. The<
Stocks gave up housekeeping and went boarding and as I had<
always been comfortable with them I moved along they only<
going a few squares away (1233 Filbert Street) and still in<
the heart of the City. The address I gave you is his office<
which I use living there more or less every day.<
This has been Easter week and kept more or less as a<
holiday. The native Americans do not mind it but the German<
and English portion of the community keep up their old<
country communications of the time. The weather however has<
been unfavourable for outdoor amusements it having been all<
the time cold and for the worst part wet. In the ajoining<
[adjoining?] State of New York they have had the heaviest<
Snowstorm of the season which accounts for the cold. Today<
gives signs that the storm is passed and more genial weather<
at hand. In another week or two the trees will be in full<
bloom although they yet give no sign of life. Already the<
markets are being supplied with Spring and Summer delicacies<
from the Southern States. New Potatoes, Tomatoes,<
Strawberries, etc., are now to be had but they are held at<
prices which only the rich can afford. I am sorry to find you<
have still such poor reports of Sarah. It would seem as<
though if anything could be done for her that some of the<
many Dr.s [Doctors?] she has been with should have found it<
out by this time I can only hope some good results may come<
from her visit to Derry. It entails heavy expense but I am<
powerless to assist all through the winter I have done<
nothing more than make expenses. If there are brighter days<
ahead they have yet to show themselves. Mary Chigston's<
marriage is certainly an event and may in her case ilustrate<
[illustrate?] the saying that after all the storms there<
comes a calm. I note the various social events and changes<
you mention in your last letter Ballymoney and Bally[----?]<
people seem to have their full share of family changes. I<
hope A. Hamilton recovered his health by his voyage and will<
be able to retain it. Aunt Langbridge being laid aside from<
business, it P[---?] aside she is will be a serious loss to<
her family [sic]. I hope Jamie and all her family are well<
Stavely going to school at the Ganaby [?] shows that they at<
least do not stand still. I hope the garden will not prove<
completely ruined by the winters storms but that it will<
still afford you much health and pleasure in making it assume<
its summer appearance. I was not aware you had been so ill<
during the winter I hope for all your trials your health and<
life may be long spared. I do not know of any new to interest<
so with usual love and hoping better news may soon be both<
crossing and recrossing the Atlantic.<
I remain<
Your attached son<
William J. Stavely<

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