S.J. Porter, Chebanse, Illinois, to Martha Porter, Mullaghglass.

		Chenbanse, Illinois,
          July 5th 1887.

Dear Cousin;
            Please pardon
me for not writing before.
I will try and make up
now. All our friends here
are well at present and
things are moving along
smoothly. Now for a little
family history. Uncle Wm's [William's?]
family occupy 3 different
Cities viz. Chicago Mary A.
Detroit S.J. and Cleveland
Joseph. Characteristic of
America. Joseph as you
doubtless know was married
over a year ago and
is perfectly happy.
Uncle Joseph's family are
in different States. Cousin
Sarah Thomson is in Kansas
but not doing very well,
her husband drinks, and
the genuine Yankees despise
a drinker. Mr. Thomson
an American by birth as
is all our cousins-in-law
with the exception of Cousin
James's better half who boasts
of German birth. Amelia
Geopper was her maiden name.
She is a model wife and
great worker also rich. her
Uncle Michael Butts is
one of the richest men
in Kankakee County.
We got a letter from Cousin
Jane Kennedy who is in
Wisconsin Attendant in
an Asylum there. She
is dragging out an
existence, but Dear Cousin
what must life be away
from all one's friends.
I know it is hard to
get along in Ireland but
think of the Associations
Why it thrills me yet
when I think of the happy
times I had and witnessed
in Mullaglass [Mullaghglasss?]. Nothing
on earth is so beautiful
as true piety lived.
    This is an interesting
Country. All is life
motion and go ahead too
often is principle bartered
for this world's allurements
but I trust the memory
of the Covenanters from
whom we are descended
if nothing else will prove
an anchor to us.
   I am not clear on
the most important subject
of all, am hoping, praying,
but like Luther before
his conversion lack Faith
pray for me. We attend
Church in Chebense the
Congregational similar to the
Presbyterian. We have a
young Scotchman David
Kirkpatrick for pastor. He
is very deep and Mother and
the rest attend, with the
exception of Father who has
become a settled stay-at-home.
We are glad to hear of your
sisters and families. Give my love
to all. Also to other relatives and
to all. Excuse this and write to
yourself. Excuse this and write to
     your loving Cousin
           S.J. Porter