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Title: James Buchanan, Milford to Robert Buchanan, New York.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBuchanan, James/98
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.9705011
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 01:05:97.
Word Count638
Co Donegal
16th October 1890.

Dear Robert
I hope this letter will find you well.
We are all in good health here. My
father is very much improved since I came
home, he eats his three or four meals a
day, the work I give him to do is to mind
the Kitchen fire, and he keeps a roaring
fire all the time, my coal bill will be
heavy. If Miss Gilliland happens to have
the fire any way small when he gets up the
first thing he does is to go to the wood pile
and bring in an armful of fir when he soon
has a roaring fire. I cleaned the chimney
once since I came home. I think I will need
to clean it often as we keep such big fires
that soot is sure to gather rapidly and I
fear sometime the Chimney and the house may
take fire, as father persists in smoking in
bed, and as I sleep in the garret which would
be a death trap in case of fire. I keep a
rope tied around each purloin (front and rear)
so that in case of fire I can let myself
through the Skylight to the ground.
I have tried to make the garret a
comfortable room I have plastered all the
Slates in the Closets trying to keep out the
wind and the rain I have whitewashed and
painted it until it begins to look decent
but the old rotten Skylights that I have
spent days in trying to mend still let in the
wind and the rain, last week I ordered metal
Skylights from Derry and when I get them in I
expect to be more comfortable. I often think
of the many nights my poor mother slept there
when it was not so comfortable as it is now,
but it is yet very cold, altogether the house
is now very much improved. From garret to
kitchen I have put everything to rights that
needed mending.
I often wonder that the Bank man did not
move somewhere else. Madge and my father
kept the room in such bad order, I painted
the walls and put in a registered grate, and
the old grate that was thrown there I put in
my room in the garret so that if I cannot stand
the cold I can put on a fire. I have only had
one day of idleness since I came to Milford. I
keep tinkering about the house all the time,
sometimes I will not be on the street once in
three weeks.
Miss Gilliland is getting along nicely with
my father, she takes him to his room a cup of
tea when breakfast is ready and then she gives
him breakfast when he rises about eleven oclock,
he eats his meals very well and I have now got
him toned down to one or two small drinks in the
day. I limit him to a bottle of whiskey in the
week, that cost 2/6 and a sack of potatoes cost
the same price, and is by far the best value.
Miss Gilliland likes it here very well, only
it is always raining and she is scrubbing and
working away from morning till bedtime. I
believe we have now the cleanest house in Milford
and the next time you come home you will say the
house never was so comfortable before. Miss
Gilliland is never done talking of what trouble
she gave you in Brooklyn and of how kind you were.
She bids me give her love to you and she will write
when she has time, the money you gave her she will
be able to send next spring. I have only been once
to Rathmullan, Aunt is well, hoping this will find
you well and at work
Your Affectionate Brother
James Buchanan