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Title: James Buchanan, Milford to Robert Buchanan, New York.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBuchanan, James/100
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.9705012
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 01:05:97.
Word Count794
Co Donegal
5th January 1891.

Dear Robert
I received your letter this morning
and am glad you have got to work again, I
hope this job will last until the Spring.
But if you are likely to be out of work for
the Winter the best thing you could do would
be to come home until the Spring, you would
find it more comfortable now than when you
were here, indeed, I believe if you came home
and settled down here to Carpenter work you
would just be as well off at the end of the
year as you are in New York. You ought to
take care of your money, what benefit is there
working hard year after year and in the end
you have nothing to show for it.
Robert Haslett seems to have plenty of work
here, and I suppose he eats and drinks as well
as you do, he has just built two houses in
Kilmacrenan one of which he has rented for a
Dispensary. A few weeks ago I wrote you to
lend me two or three pounds for a month or two,
but as you have been out of work I suppose you
cannot spare it, so you need not bother sending
it, as I will strive to get along without it.
I do not suspect to get any money from Alice
Simpson before March, and as I have paid the
Rent and taxes besides having a good deal of
expense in making the house habital [Habitable?]
it leaves me short now. Should you continue in
work and have any money to spare I will have about
twenty-five dollars to pay on one of my lots in
Brooklyn, which I wish you would be in a position
to pay for me about the middle of March. I can
return you the money in April or May, but it is
possible I may be able to sell it before that time
as a fellow has sent me a letter offering me five
hundred dollars for it, and I may sell it if he
closes the bargain before February, however take
care of your money and save all you can. Paddy
Gallagher died here about three weeks ago. Miss
Gilliland is still well, she is working hard from
morning till night she has had a hard time of it,
the kitchen is very cold in winter although we keep
a big fire, and she don't like the wet weather, it
is always raining here so much that I go out of
doors as little as we can.
Although I have spent considerable money in
fixing the roof of our house, yet I still find
it very cold sleeping there in the winter the old
slates are so warped and open that the wind comes
whistling through them and the walls are very damp.
When Spring comes I will have the slates pointed
with cement and give them a good coat of tar to
try and make them water and air tight. Miss
Gilliland bid me remember her to you, and she
will write when the days are longer and warmer,
she says she will never forget the trouble you had
with her and your kindness. My father and I are
very much more comfortable since she came, but
she has a hard time with the soot and keeping the
pots clean.
It is expected we are going to have a Railroad
to Milford, I saw some Engineers making a Survey
a few weeks ago. If it is to be made the
teminus will be in the field back of our Garden,
so it will be handy to the trains.
I have only been over to Rathmullan once or
twice since I came here I could not leave the
house last Summer and now the roads are so
muddy there is no pleasure in going out.
My Aunt keeps very well she seem wonderfully
contented, I think Michael gives her about one
pound a month to keep her I often wonder how
she lives on the money. I send her down some
little things now and then.
Johnny Stewart still keeps running around but
he is much failed he has a hard time keeping
the wolf from the door. I think I go out
almost as little as you did when you were here.
Mrs Osborne is very kind and I go down there
frequently. I also visit Mr Young, Mr
Blackwood, Mrs Reid and Thomas Stewart who are
all very friendly. I hope to have a better time
rambling around next Summer than I have had.
Hoping this letter will find you well and at
work. My father and Miss Gilliland join me
in wishing you a Happy New Year.
Your Affectionate Brother
James Buchanan