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Title: Andrew Greenlees, Glensharrold, Rice, Kansas, To His Brother
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGreenlees, Andrew/14
SenderGreenlees, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginGlensharrold, Kansas, USA
DestinationMagheramore, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
RecipientGreenlees, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2046/25: Copied by Permission of Aiken McClelland Esq., 3 Beechill Park Avenue, Saintfield Road, Belfast 8. #TYPE EMG Andrew Greenlees, Glensharrold, Rice, Kansas, To His Brother, [?] August, 1880.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9005218
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log22:05:1990 GMcE#CREATE created 26:08:1991 SE input
Word Count633
TranscriptGlensharrold Aug [August?] 1880

Dear Brother,
I have deferred writing for some time that I might be able
to state more accurately the results of 1880, in the way of farming, it has
not been much improvement on '79 our wheat crop was nearly a total failure
we sowed 160 acres alltogether fall & spring we harvested & threshed 169
bushels of course we only got 1 [fifth?] of it the rest not being worth
bothering with the principal cause of the failure by weather & hail we had
no rains from Nov. [November?] untill [until?] 18th May of course everything
was well dried up by that time still we would make about [--?] crop only for
a violent hailstorm which seriously damaged what little was left oats and
potatoes are a total failure as well as all garden vegetables that brings
us to corn it will make from a [1/3?] to 1/2 crop it looked once as though
it would fail too, the [web?] worm destroyed a good deal of the young plants
in June and it did look as though they would take everything (it was the
worm that destroyed our Gardens) but our Good Father in Heaven who is ever
mindful of us sent a refreshing rains which stopped their depaudations
[depredations? and we will have enough to do us, we had 110 acres planted
which after all these [drought?] we will make in the vicinity of two thousand
bushels by the way we have a new variety of corn introduced this year said to
be the kind that Jacob's sons went down to Egypt after it is called rice corn
the [berry?] is about the size of good wheat and weighs 60 [lbs?] to the
bushel. It is excellent for horses hogs & all kinds of stock and it is claimed
makes a good meal for family use we have a small patch of five or six acres
which promises to yield well
We are all well so we have great reason for thankfulness that though our
losses are considerable yet we have health and strength and a willing mind
to try it again though we want some wheat as heavy as usual it is to [too?]
I had a letter a short time ago from [Rob?] enclosing lines from Eallen
in memoriam of Agnes, we think they are beautiful and prize them highly
I will write or have one of the boys wiite to Rob soon I see by a late
witness that Hester is dead, or rather Mrs Agnew, are not some of the boys
in this country I think I have met with som [some?] once; politics are
lively here at present, we vote on a proposed amendment to the Constitution
of Kansas forever prohibiting the manufacture or sale of intoxicating
liquor within her border except for medicinal purposes. we temperance folks
hope to be able to carry the amendment by a good majority our Governor is a
strong temperance man and is working for it with all his might but the
[whiskeites?] are not idle the [they?] are also working and contesting the
ground inch by inch. November will tell the tale and we hope Kansas will
take front rank in the temperance cause by adopting the temperance clause with
a sweeping majority of at least 20,000 if I had some room here I would like
to give three cheers for Gladstone I am proud to see him at the helm once
more on this side of the water we consider him not only a Christian
gentleman but a statesman of the highest rank would we had more such men in
high places we send kindest love to Tom & Ellen hope they are both feeling
stronger after the summer also kindest love to Hugh & family
A. [Andrew?] Greenlees