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Title: Reynolds, Mary to Reynolds, Laurence, 1881
CollectionThe Reynolds Letters. An Irish Emigrant Family in Late Victorian Manchester [L.W. McBride]
SenderReynolds, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhead of household
Sender Religionunknown
OriginManchester, England
DestinationChicago, Illinois, USA
RecipientReynolds, Laurence
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count448
Genrefamily, friends
Transcript295 Stretford Road
Sept 1881

Dear Lawrence,
I received you[r] Letter and I was very glad to hear that you ware all
well as we are all quite well at present. I would have answered your Letter
Sooner but for been So Bussey. I was very glad to hear that 2 of your
Sons went on a visit to uncle Johns. You Sent two of uncles Johns Letters
and it is twenty years since I heard that he was getting on well and
I dont Wonder at him been weld to do [being well-to-do] now I hope the
children will come back in good Health and have Some very good presents
beack with tham. When he sent a letter to use [us] I had 7d to pay
for it. That was not mitch friendship for his Sister. You ware vaxed with
use [us] when his daughter sent use [us] a Soucey [saucy] Letter. William was in Ireland three or four weeks ago [and] went [to his]
uncles Williams. Thay ware all in good health and seem to be prospering
and every thing seems to be getting on well with tham at present. I
hope that John O Toole will be better to you than he was to his father
as his Brother William said to my William that thare never was a more
ungretefull Son crossed the water then he was to his father, as Willie
Said that if his father had thrown the money in the deep he Shoud never
have forgot him.
Dear Laurence, you did not menction the kind of Business your Son
was at. I hope he is not in a liquor Store as anything like that it might
be the ruin of him. If you could make a good Tradesman of him he
would be able to get his living warever he went to.
James Curran Called to See us. He is back again from America.
He has Star[te]d in the provission business in Chaple Street Ancoats
and he is doing well. He told us that the most foolish even in America
are Irishmen keeping Thare Sons to School till thay [are] nearley young
men and than thay are fit for nothing but to be corner Boys. He told
us this before you even menchoned anything of you[r] Son going to
work, I dont expect that anything of that Sort will ever come of any of
your familey.
John is Doing well now. He has added another Shop to his business
and now he has one of the best business in Manchester.
No more at present from
your effectionate mother

All goin in Sending our Love to you maryann and the Children.