|Title:||McDonnell, Bridget to Dunne, Christopher, 1873|
|Collection||Oceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]|
|Origin||Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland|
|Destination||Brisbane, Queensland, Ireland|
September 16th. 1873
My dear Uncle
It gave me the greatest pleasure to read your very Kind and welcome
letter to which I would have replied Sooner, only as you asked for our
cartes I was waiting to have them taken to send you thinking they would
not be an unwelcome present. I enclose four. I am Sure you will have very
little difficulty in recognising us. Mamma is there to the letter. Jane & my
Uncle Bryan are together in one. Matt stands with his dog at his feet and
I am there myself as forlorn looking as any creature can possibly be. Still
all che likenesses are true copies. They show us to you just as we are.
I suppose by this time you have received my uncle Michael's letter
and that it has left nothing for me to Say with regard to your marriage.
However I will add my voice to his and Say that we were all very glad to
hear of it as it was a thing that we were long expecting. As to your amiable
wife, you asked our opinion of her. At first sight of her portrait we all came
to the conclusion that she was fair and very good looking. My Grandmama
particularly was very much pleased with her appearance and said
that if she was as good as she looked you did right in marrying her. As
you say yourself you are a perfect "darkie" yet every one who saw your
carte said it was very like you.
I need not tell you how glad we were all to hear that you are going
on so well and also that you were not so foolish as to deny your children
the benefit of education and yourself & them the exercises of religion for
a slight advance in your Salary.
I have nothing to Say of ourselves, only that we are all quite well thanks
be to God. I have not a Single news worth relating to you. They
are all well in Norbinstown & Send their love to you your wife & children.
Aunt Margaret & children are also quite well as are also Mr. Kiernan
& his children. I must not conclude without thanking You for the long &
interesting letter which you were So Kind as to write to myself. I thought
it the nicest letter ever you wrote. It may be that your wife was prompting
you as you wrote it. I sent it to Norbinstown where all your letters are
Kept. I hope that your dear children are healthy and are going on well.
Believe me nothing will give us more pleasure than to hear often of your
own & their welfare. I am Joined by Mama Dada Sisters & brothers in
Sending our love to you and ever Remember me your affectionate niece,
P.S. All the friends whom you enquired for I am happy to say are quite well.