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Immigration and Emigration
pen and diary
Hillbillies in the White House

The diary of James Black

1837

2 December The Rev.Thomas Smyth's eldest child, Sarah Ann Magee, died on 27th of croup, his second Susan D. Smyth died this morning of scarlatina. Mrs and Mr Smyth are both unwell and as may be expected in great grief. The weather is uncomfortably warm, doors and windows all open.

6 December Had a letter yesterday from R Campbell in reply to mine, respecting George Carroll, saying he was displeased at his mother for sending him out, without his invitation, and all his sisters went contrary to his wishes except my wife.

Today I received another letter from him in reply to mine of 4th saying he had written in bad humour, and mine was a rebuke to him, and he was well pleased at the arrangement I made with Russell and Sass for George, to get his board, lodging and washing and $100 for the first year.

8 December Yesterday and today is pleasantly cool; business very brisk, cotton coming in chiefly by wagons, on account of low rivers. I have this day settled George with Russell and Sass on the above terms, to commence on Monday 11th and to board with John Russell at his mother's, Mrs Jones.

The new theatre opened last night, with the "Honeymoon", Mr. Abbot manager. The weather has been very fine and pleasant for some time, today it rains, close and heavy and likely to continue so for some time. Mr. Carberry's eyes are still very delicate and his health generally so, and I am afraid he will not long be able to attend to business.

18 December Monday.The weather has been warm and dry for some days; last night it blew very high and rained heavy, this morning fine and clear. Dined with Wm.Smith yesterday in a family way and very good Madeira imported by himself.

21 December Weather very cold and dry and pleasant for exercise. Attended T Duggan's funeral on 19th, an Irishman of 62 years of age and a member of the Hibernian Society. This day went to the funeral of Robert Pennel's child, four years old, died of scarlatina.

25 December Monday Being Christmas day I have two Belfast Captains dining with me, Arnold and McCa[sspon?], John Cooper, John McClure and George Carroll is also with us, making eleven in all. The day is dry, bright and cold, yesterday and Saturday rained continually.


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