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Title: Lawless, Callystown, Louth, To John Lawless, Wisconsin
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationprob. farmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCallystown, Co. Louth, Ireland
DestinationWisconsin, USA
RecipientLawless, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT.2345/2: Copied by Permission of Dr E R R Green, Dept of History, Manchester Univ. Manchester, G.B. #TYPE LET [?] Lawless, Callystown, Co. Louth, To His Brother, John Lawless, Patch Grove Post Office, Wisconsin Territory, Upper Mississippi, America. 30th
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8809134
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
Log21:09:1988 GC created 12:12:1988 ET input 24:01:19
Word Count803
30 July 1846

My dear brother
In reply to your letter of 8th March
I have to say I was in England on business at the
time & came to Drogheda & I did not return to Ireland
for four months after. On my return I did not intend answering
it but poor father was then very ill. We did not expect
he would live anytime & I thought better to defer writing
untill [until?] I would be able to give you some account
concerning him.
I am sorry to say that poor father is no
more. He died on the 8th inst. [instant?] after having been confined
to bed for eighteen months - he died as he lived like a
child - without pain having had every attention in the
way of Masses & other religious duties of Clergy.
I had Mass for him three times before his desease [decease?].
I let him want for nothing so I hope I have
discharged my duty in that respect.
I really cannot say how long we will
live in this country. The potato crop has failed
in this country this years as it did in 1845 with
the difference that the distemper or infection set in this
year about the end of June before the late crop
planted in May had time to form - the early ones
are very much infected in places but the disease
is progressing & we all consider that there will not
be a potato to put in in November. We have also
have great rains & secure gales of wind which it is
[?] has injured the corn crops so that you see
there is a poor look-out for the ensuring [ensuing?] spring &
summer should the potato crop fail as is anticipated
my business falls to the ground.
I have been inclined
especially since Father's death to go the America
but should I make the least move in that direction
Jenny would be after me - she would not stay behind
She would bring children and all & follow me
so you see I am poorly circumstanced.
Your cousins the
McDonalds of Post are all well & send you
their love. Miss Maskey of Glospistol & family
are well & her eldest daughter that had been
married to Charles Maskey is dead more than
a twelve month. She has another daughter married
to W McKeon of Robinson - one side of Dundalk
all well.
Your brother James & family & four boys
all as tall as himself & one daughter are in good
health & desire to be remembered to you - sister
Jane has one son & daughter. She, her husband &
family are all well. John Tanning got married
about a month ago. He is well & getting on prosperously
Mr & Mrs Caulfield & family are in good health &
rejoice to hear of your happiness.
Mrs Carolon - Magarets mother desire to say that
she is well but feels unhappy that you & Mrs Lawless
do not write to her occassionally. I communicated
the contents of the last letter to her as I am not to
blame for any inattention in that way. She desires
to say that Mrs Lawless's brother Patrick died
eight years ago last March - her uncle Pat died
twelve months last May. Sister Mary got married
to Thomas Hoey of Ballynahenny. He is she says
a sober civil industrious man. They have a son
& daughter named John & Magaret. Sister Bridget
& her husband Richard Magratt are well &
happy to hear of your prosperity. Magarets sister
Jane married to Thomas Reynolds is in good
health. They have a large family - three sons &
three daughters. Her Aunt Mary gets her health
but poorly.
Wheat rates from 25 - 24 shillings
per barrel of twenty stone. Oatmeal 14 - 15 shillings
per cwt. We need not speak of potatoes for it is on
Indian corn that the poor Irish live on. What I
suppose you feed your pigs on. Beef Mutton & bacon
5 1/2 to 6 1/2 per lb. but the papers that I will
send you will give you more detailed account.
Mr. Caulfield wishes to know how
Patch Grove lies from St. Louis & the distance
between the two places. there is a man named
Lawless who is married to Brennan's daughter
of Lower Mayne near Castlebellingham - he
thinks that he lives in your neighbourhood & if
so he will feel obliged if you will mention it
in your next letter.
I may perhaps make up my
mind to go to America either this winter coming
on or in Spring. I cannot yet speak positively
on Jenny's account. I might however surpirse
you by calling to see you before you might be aware of it.
I remain my dear brother
Ever affectionately
- Lawless
the original letter was dated July 30th 1846 & post marked
August 1st 1846 at Drogheda. The original letter is in the
possession of Mrs Charles W O'Neill a granddaughter
of John Lawless Patch Grove Wisconsin
The address reads as follows.
Mr John Lawless
Patch Grove Post Office
Grant Country
Winconsin Territory
Upper Mississippi