|Reynolds, William to Reynolds, James William, 1901
|The Reynolds Letters. An Irish Emigrant Family in Late Victorian Manchester [L.W. McBride]
|Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Reynolds, James William
|family, business, travelling
|1, Norton Place
Jan 18 - 1901
I received your letter Saturday evening Jan 5th and Maryann and
myself were very pleased to hear from you. I felt proud you got a position with the ice Co. You Seem to have a very responsiable post
and I think it will Suit you if your Selery is equel to the amount of
work you have to contend with.
Maryann and Myself were pleased to hear that you were all injoying
good health, your Mother, Tom, John, Mary and Willie. We were so
pleased we drank a bottle of champagne. So I guess we drank your health.
Dear James, I will now tell you a few perticulers about myself and
the business. 1 have got on very well considering. The Year 1898 was a
record year for me but 99 went down through the war. Coal and Spirit
advanced double. I think this year will be better commincing the New-
Century. The Laundry is going on pretty well. I lost Some of the old
workers, Ferguson and Wool ford. I still have Martin and he is now the
Foreman. He has turned out a good man. I have Dan also. He is a good
man. Mathue Park is also with me and nearly all the other workers.
The building I have had built is between the shed and the railway
line. I purchased the land from the Canons. Between the works and
the railway line thare is over 2000 yards. The building is on the bottom
po(r]tion near the brook. It is a good building, 3 Storyes & 91
feet long. I am going to Let off to Tennants. Mr Williams the grocer
Dickinson Road is taking half 12 Stalls for his horses. A Bill posting
Co has taking the Side facing the Railway, 600 square yds of Brick
work without windows. What do you think about this spec. I was
paying chief rent £24 per year for 3 years and never received one
penny, So I was obliged to do Something. You can See I have not been
idle. I never worked so hard in my life as I did last year all through
the war. If I have good luck with the building it will be one of the best
investments I have made. My health has been very good Since we
went to live in Fallowfield. Mary Ann has had much better health.
Our house is fine, by far the best house we have lived in yet and it is
quite a treat to get home at night. All the shops are doing well.
Stockport Shop has not been opened So long, So it is doing as well
as we could expect.
Your Uncle John has retired, He is walking about now trying to kill
time. Hughie and all the family are doing well. Hughie & Owen went
to Ireland and brought two wifes back last Nov. 1900. By all appearances
The Reynoldss will not die out in Manchester. Dear James, Dont think that we will forget you as thare are none
nearer to us than Laurences family. We were delited with Mary. She got
on So well at school.
The new building will cost me between 7 & 8 hundred pounds. I
bought 5 houses of Slade Lane for Maryann about 2 years ago and paid
£1000 pounds for tham She has tham in her own right and receives an
income of £2 per week from tham. Her living is now I think secure.
I have been cycling for about 3 years. I find it very usefull to going
to business. I can get home in about a 1/4 of an hour and it saves me a
great deal of time. I have had much better health Since I have commenced
Last Summer McCardell and I went to Bray. We Stayed at old Mrs
Barrows. We both had Bikes and we went over the Sugar Loaf Mountains
on to the ruin of the 7 Churches. We had a fine time and injoyed
ourselves much. I am Sure you will get tired reading this letter.
I met Sargent Gill the other day and he made great inquires about
you. He sas dont forget to mention my name the next time you write.
He Said I did admire that young man. He Said I am Sure he will get on
well and make his mark. I will Send you more information in my next
letter. I am very busy at present having the finishing touches to the new
Mary Ann joins me in Sending our best wishes to all the family.
Remember us to Father Reynolds.
your affectionate Uncle
P.S. I think with help of God I might be able to visit Chicago Sometime.
I know the Sail across the Atlantic would do me good. I am sorry I have
not been able to answer your letter sooner. Write soon.