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Title: James Buchanan, Milford to Robert Buchanan, New York.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBuchanan, James/102
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.9705014
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 01:05:97.
Word Count900
Co Donegal

25th May 1891.

My dear Robert
I received your kind letter a few
days ago, with P.O. Order inclosed for seven
pounds, don't send any more money until I
write to you for it, this money of course
will not be mis-spent and you will get it
back again some day, but you want to take care
of your money and don't foolishly throw it
away on whiskey. Every hundred dollars that
you save - the interest will bring you five
dollars a year, and the time is soon coming
when you won't be able to earn so much money
as you have done, when you will have to wear
spectacles and when a days work will become
harder on you, so try and save up all the
money you can and put it away in the Bank.
It will come in good to you some day when you
will be unable to work. I have spent more
than a hundred pounds since I came to Milford
but if I had not taken care of my money in
New York I would not have had it to spend.
Of course you know the house needed a good
deal of fixing to make it comfortable. Miss
Gilliland often wishes you could take a run
over in the Summer to see the house it is so
much changed for the better. Of course I had
to make it so that I could live in it. The
inner yard we have converted into a flower
garden, where Roses and Primroses and daisies
are blooming in perfection. In the garden I
have planted Early Yorks, and Winter Cabbage,
Curleys, and Onions, and Leeks and Celery, and
Beans, Peas, Carrots, Parsnips and all doing
well. I wish you could just see them now when
everything begins to look lovely.
I spent fifteen pounds on the field. It is
sown in Oats, Clover and Grass, I will let it
lay in grass for four years, so that there
will be no futher outlay until the end of that
time. I had the Hedges all cut the ditches
built and quicks put where needed. The Whins
all rooted out and the whole Hill turned over
with spade and Pick-axe, I got a new Gate put
where the Old one was, and a little Green Gate
put just big enough to easily let in a Cow or
a Wheelbarrow at the corner of the little
Garden at the junction of the two roads.
As Lord Leitrim has now nearly all the grazing
about Milford, that field will be useful for a
Cow. You remember the old Lot I took you to
once at Rock-a-way ave. A fellow wrote to me
that he wanted to buy it, so I sold it a short
time ago, an made over a hundred dollars on it,
I got eighty-three pounds for it which I have
now deposited in the Bank in Milford and that
money I don't wish to touch at present.
I had a letter a few days ago from Robert
Whelan a Real Estate Man his office is at the
Corner of Atlantic + Van Siecles Ave Brooklyn,
he has written to me that Elliott the Carpenter
whose house I showed you nearly opposite my two
lots on Jerome St. wants to buy the lots, I
wrote Whelan that I could not name a price for
the lots as they may have increased in value
since I left Brooklyn, but I bid him write me
again and let me know the highest price he
could sell them for, and then I would write
and let him know whether I would take it. Now
when the weather is pleasant some Sunday you
might take a run out to Jerome St. and see if
there are any new buildings and you might call
on that Swede Carpenter or on Elliott and ask
them what the lots are worth. Elliott wants
to buy the Lots,- but you need not tell that I
have written you, I want to find out if they
have increased.
None of Uncle John's family have written
although I sent word to Alice Simpson of their
Mother's death, I never bothered about the
house, until two weeks ago, when I heard that
a Sadler Conaghan who had been a weekly tenant
with the Old Woman, and John McDevitt who
wanted to start one of his sons in business
were after the house. Whyte [White?] the Clerk
was in town the day I heard it, so I just when [went?]
down and told him when he went to Mulroy to ask
Mr Manning to accept me as the Representative
of Mrs Buchanan as tenant for the House, and I
would pay the arrears. The next day I had a
nice letter from Mr Manning saying he had much
pleasure in making me the Tenant, so last week
I went down and paid the Arrears ten pounds
and got my receipt. After I paid the money
Mr Manning put on his hat and showed me round
the place, took me to his own house, introduced
me to his wife, and I had lunch with them, he
treated me nicely. Father says that will be a
good house for you when you come home so it will-
It now rents for ten pounds. I go to cut turf
tomorrow- we are all well.
James Buchanan