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Title: James Buchanan, Milford to Robert Buchanan, New York.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBuchanan, James/97
SenderBuchanan, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMilford, Co. Donegal, Ireland
DestinationNew York, USA
RecipientBuchanan, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1473: Presented by K. Baxter, Milford, Co.Donegal.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland.
Doc. No.9705013
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 01:05:97.
Word Count657
Transcript Milford
Co Donegal
1st October 1890.

Dear Robert
I have been so busy since Miss
Gilliland's arrival that I have not had
time sooner to write.
She got into Derry all right after a
passage of about ten days. I met her in
Derry and was astonished to find the
number of trunks boxes and packages she
had with her. You must have had a big
job helping her to pack them and get her
off. It was foolish of her to bring so
many things or she might have had them
put up in smaller space.
The freight amounted to nine pounds,
and the porterage and carting of them in
Derry amounted to two pounds more, and as
she had no money with her but what you gave
her, I had to bring her home without her
trunks, very fortunately I had written to
Mrs Simpson for money and I had an Order
from her at home for twenty pounds so after
I got Miss Gilliland to Milford the next day
I went back to Derry and paid the eleven
pounds and had it shipped aboard the Rossgul
and came along with it to the Quay and have
now got it home. I am not sure how much the
freight will be from Derry to Milford as I
have not yet got the a/c [account?] but I expect
it will be about 30s. so that the money I had to
keep us all winter is now in great part spent on
Take care of your money in Bank as I may
have to borrow some from you before Christmas.
I have had to spend some considerable money
on the house to make it fit to live in. I got
the Chimney cemented outside and some slates on
the roof. I also got a metal skylight put in
the Kitchen and a good cement floor in the Hall,
I had new Rafters put in the Pantry and properly
slated, and I made a good cement floor in the
Kitchen and the Pantry. I am just finished
Whitewashing and Chimney-cleaning. Altogether
I have had a very busy time about the house,
getting things in order as it was much in need
of repairs, I have thoroughly whitewashed the
garret where I sleep and have made a good room
of it. When you next take a trip to Milford
you will find the house more comfortable than
it ever was before. I seldom or never go out
of the house, I am kept busy all the time. I
think I have had only two days all Summer and
from all appearances I will have plenty of work
about the house during the Winter.
Miss Gilliland bids me tell you the Slater
tried from the Roof with a Baker's long-handled
shovel to dig the Crow's nest out of the Chimney
but could not do it, so he had to break the wall
in the garret and got out the nest which had
been there for years.
We are much more comfortable since Miss
Gilliland came, and we are having a busy time
getting her things moved and put in the place.
She likes the place very well, but she says she
has had only three nights sleep since she came
on account of the fleas, (they are not yet all
banished). She says you were very kind to her
and she will write when she gets settled. My
father is very well he eats his meals regularly,
and he keeps busy putting Coal and fir on the
fire. I suppose we are going to have a hard
Winter this year in Ireland the potatoes won't be
more than half a crop, and the bulk of the Oats
is still out in the fields and it has now been
raining steadily for ten days. I must finish
this brief letter, will soon write a longer one
With regards from all, I am
Your Affectionate Brother James.