|Title:||Brennan, Daniel to Brennan, Thomas, 1872|
|Collection||Oceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]|
|Origin||Ballynock, Co. Down, Northern Ireland|
|Transcript||Ballyknock March 11th 1872|
Your letters dated 25th December accompanied with a Newspaper
came safe to hand. We were all filled with joy when we got word of a letter
in the post office from you, but alas on opening your letter, we found you
had met a sad disaster, the dislocation of your shoulder blade. We are all
greatly troubled at your misfortune, knowing that you must have suffered
great pain, besides it certainly has been a great loss to you. When your
letter came to hand we had a letter prepared to send to you, and to prevent
a repetiton of writing we send it along with this one.
I have to make remarks on your letter, in litting us know that you
had built a house and had three acres of Cotton and three of Indian Corn.
But you did not give the description of your house, nor the manner you
put in your Corton crop, nor at what season, or what time it will take to
grow. These things you will mind to describe in your next. Neither did you
say what expence you were at by employing hands to do the work, as we
dont think you could do all yourself. You say a bushel of Wheat weighed
65 lb. It must be good, for Wheat here will not weigh so much.
Alice Carters and brother are in Lurgan. She is at a stitching machine and the brother is weaving. Catharine Byrne and sister are living in a house belonging to Lewis Carvill. The are weaving and living pretty comfortable.
Mr Patrick Devlin and family are well. His eldest daughter is monitor in
the school. Thomas Devlin and family are in England. Billy Devlin is working
in a Coalpit in America. We have no word from Josep McKee since I
wrote to you before. I sent you the directions he sent us.
We have had a very wet winter which caused it to be unhealthy and
a great many deaths. Neddy Lavery died on the 6th Inst, Jacob Walsh on
the 8th and Mary Abernathy to be buried this day. Bernard Devlin and
family are in America.
A Mr. Montgomery Subinspector of Police is in Omagh Jail for trial,
for the murder of Mr. Glass, Cashier in Stewartstown Bank, and robbing
the Bank of £16,000. Mr. Galagher Schoolmaster of Blaris School knocked
the brains out his wife a few days ago—he is commited to Jail. I suppose
you did not hear of the death of Lord Downshire, he is succeeded by his son who is appearing to be a pleasing landlord. His Lady is very charitable.
There is a new Chapel abuilding in Dromore. With the exception of
Armagh, there is no equal for it in the North of Ireland. At the laying of the
first stone the collection amounted to £800.
Thomas Hoare[?] and family are all in good health. You were right
in your observaion, when you said you thought it was Patrick Cattney
that was the writer of our letters –he is always able to wield the old pen
As to your likeness, we all think you are more robust than when you
went away, although you have suffered a grew deal by the hurt, but we
think Queensland is a bad country for a Barber. Your Mother is more lusty
than when you went away, nevertheless she is not altogether stout. I have
made remarks of all in my other letter and we would all wish you to write
soon, to give us to know how your crop turned out. Meantime I will conclude
by subscribing myself you affectionate father
Nancy McCullough & Son Wm has inquired often about you.