Letter from Ellen

[William Bury wrote this letter to his sister-in-law, Margaret Corney, shortly after he and his wife Ellen arrived in Dundee.  He pretended to be Ellen in the letter. —Steve Earp]

143 Union Street
Monday afternoon

My dear Sister

According to promise I will just send you a few lines to let you know that we have arrived + also to give you our present address.

Our journey was without any thing occurring to mar our pleasure—until Saturday night about 8.30 when the Ship began her games of Pitching-Tossing and Rolling which she did not leave off doing until about 7 o’clock on Sunday night.  I remained in Bed all day on Sunday uptill about 8 o’clock.  In fact I had all my meals in bed.  I was very queer but not a bit sick and had all my meals as usual But poor Will he got paid out sick from about 9 oclock Saturday night until he landed.  Eating nothing of course.

We got in about 8.30 Sunday night—but having no place to go to we arranged to remain on the ship all night and got a Room this morning.

I think I shall like the place as it is a very clean town and seems a busy one too.  Kind regards to all my relations—not forgetting yourself and Charley

I beg to remain
Your affectionate
Ellen Bury

P.S. You must please excuse this being so short the post leaves here so early for London + we are tired.

Write before Friday