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Title: William Shanks, Chicago to his mother, [Co. Down?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileShanks, William/25
SenderShanks, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsailor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationBallyfounder, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs Shaw
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2709/1/21: Presented by Miss Shanks, Ballyfounder, Portaferry, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9102071
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 16:11:1993.
Word Count536
Chicago November 3rd

Dear Mother

I right [write?] you these fiew [few?]
lines to let you know
that we are all well
at present. we have had
but a dull summer and
pretty ruff [rough?] weather we
are thinking of making
a fiew [few?] tripes [trips?] yet. you can
tell miss Reid that her
Uncil [Uncle?] schooner is ashore
in this last storm she is
ashore at south haven but
I am sure she is off by this
time the [they?] call her the Grenger
their [there?] are several others ashore.
Captain Hugh boyed [Boyd?] has
lost his schooner, C. Harrison
at White lake pears [piers?], you need not say anything, we were
beating up Green bay at the
same time
We were out in a blow in
october we lost a small anchor
and a piece of a chain it is not
lost for good he can get it if
he goes to the trubble [trouble?],
I am sparking strong for
the American beef is ma[torn]
my whisker grow If it g[torn]
on I will have to get a
machine to cut it off
I am not as heavy as I was
when I came out but their [there?] are
not so much shite in my
after end as was, their [there?] are
more beef I waid [weighed?] two hundred lbs
yet I feel myself a great deal
better than I was I have they [the?]
best of health thank God,
Mr Orr made a good prair [prayer?]
that morning he prayed
that we would get safe
Over we would a been very
thankful to him if he
had put in it strait [straight?] before

the wind but instead of
that, it was the other way
it was very ruff [rough?] it would
been easy for him to say that
we would get over safe strait [straight?] before
the wind it would been very
pleasant, I am sparking but
I will not tell you her name
you would not be pleased
but I will not spark her
for marrage [marriage?] she seems to
be very handsome she is a patch
Uncil [Uncle?] Sam made me aquainted
with her but I will get
red [rid?] of her this fall she would
take your eye very much.
Uncil [Uncle?] William I gess [guess?] he is
going home this fall he says
he wants a wife he will
give you a spree at his wedding
I hope you are feeding
Jack and Diamond well
I will put Diamond in the
care when I go home If I go,
Ant [Aunt?] Sarah has got a young
squaler [squealer?] his name is Sam he
is two mounths [months?] old and [torn]
is begining [beginning?] to get the teeth
he does not feel very well,
Ant [Aunt?] Nancy has got one to[torn]
I was not there since I wrote
before I saw Patterson he
was telling me I did not
ask wheather [whether?] It was a boy or a girl

Please give my kind love
to all they [the?] loreside people
I send my kind love to
you all and to grandma
and tell her that I will
be home with a nigar [nigger?]
to keep her in company.
Remains your prodical [prodigal?] son
William Shanks