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Title: John McGoogan, Knocknahinch, to "Dear Brother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcgoogan, john/46
SenderMcGoogan, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKnocknahinch, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
DestinationPittsburgh, Penn., USA
RecipientMcGoogan, Samuel
Recipient Gendermale
SourceDonated by John H. McGuckin, Jnr, Senior Vice President, 400 California Street, San Francisco, California 94104
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9603049
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 29:02:96.
Word Count507
February 28 1860

Dear Brother
I write this to let you know that we are all well
thanks be to God trusting that this will find you the same
as also to inform you that on saturday the 4th inst I
posted a letter to you containing a draft for the sum of 11
pounds sterling the draft was made on a bank in new york
I could not get it made in any other place in america but I
suppose, and I hope, that as New York is the mercantile
metropolis there will be a branch at Pittsburgh where you
may get it cashed the letter I wrote to you on the 1st inst
I wrote at home on the day before the great market
of Ballymoney and of course I could not give you that
information which I did not possess myself until we went to
Ballymoney on the market day where we sold Pork to the
amount of 21 pounds but we had our rent and county cess
to pay so that what we sent to you was as much as we could
spare and on that day we paid the money into the bank and
the Bank where I desired to have it made payable at
Pittsburgh but the had to write belfast for the cheque and
I had to go into B.mo [Ballymoney?] again on saturday the 4th
when the cheque was there for me but made out on New York
they told me that the main bank only corresponded with the
main bank in a foreign country that the branch bank could
not correspond with the Banks of a foreign country except
through main Bank, therefore I hope you will get your cheque
cashed in Pittsburg or perhaps nearer at all even write
immediately and let me know if you have received it at all
or not as also how you are getting on, of the 11 Pounds, 1
is from my Mother to Hugh's daughter Jane which you will
not grudge to give it is but a small present from its
grandmother for whom she is named what we send to you we
do not look upon as a present at all but as part of your own
which you sent my Father when he had need of it, I have no
more to say at present but be sure and write immediately
the labour is very far behind the season there is an evenly
coat of snow 6 inches deep on the ground at this moment
Straw is selling at 5 Shillings per Cwt hay [at?] anything
you like to ask, we ourselves have plenty of both Thanks be
to God but none to spare we have at this moment 12 head of
cow cattle young and old and 2 horses but the cry for fodder
through the country is truly awful, no more at present [but?]
I remain anxiously waiting to hear from you
Father and Mother join me in sending our love to you
and Almira and James Campbell &c.
Your very affectionate Brother
John McGoogan.