DescriptionCopy of an emigrant letter from John Orr, Pennsylvania, United States to his sister, Miss Rebecca Orr, Omagh, County Tyrone, 25 April 1848. This letter notes that although Rebecca Orr's situation was bad in Ireland and John Orr would like her to emigrate, it was not possible because then her mother and sister would have no one to care for them, 'Rebecca if you come out here I cannot and if I could I would not invite you here to make a lady of you but I think that you and your family could do better and be more Independent than Ever you can be there...Dear Rebecca there are a great many kinds of work that women engage in here[.] Some go into factories[,] Some hire out to Sow [?sew] or do housework[,] Some sow for Tailors, some milliners and mantua makers and some wash clean and dress bonnets, Fanny makes all the clothes that we wear Except a dress coat and never Served any time to learn it.'

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