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Title: Fife, William to Fife, Nixon, 1876
CollectionOceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
SenderFife, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsmall farmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDrumcullion, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
RecipientFife, Nixon
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
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Word Count519
Genrefarming, news
TranscriptDrumcullion October 2nd 1876
My Dear Nixon
Every Letter I have sent you for Some time past I think it will be the last, But the last will come yet Whether this one Be it or not. My eyesight is greatly Failed and my hand Feeble and unstedy yet thank God my Health is as Good as it was 60 years past. We are all well at present thank God.
This has Been one of the Dryest Summers there has been for the last
50 years. The year we pulled the Corn I suppose you remember to hear me
often talking about it, it was in 1826. I was 24 years of age at the time. I am now 74. We have no Blight one the Potatoes or Failure of any kind
which is a great Blessing. The are as Good for eating this year as the ever
were in the memory of the Oldest man living. The Hay never was a lighter
crop in this country and the Corn light in many places also. Feeding pigs
is a Great Buisness in this Country at present. It was from 56 Shillings to
£3-0s-0d last year per Cwt—112 Ib to the hundred. It is much the Same.
Butter is from 15d to 16d per lb, a rabbit From 10d to one 1s- a piece a
Hare 2s- and any thing that Can be ate the same. I had 40 rabbits skins
in the house about 3 years past that I shot with the little Gun. I shoot none now for want of eyesit. Bob traps Some of them. Peter Brady has License
for Buying Game and Sends them to England. He is makeing a Good living
When you see George and Fathy tell them I am as well as usual thank
God. I am able to help the Boys to Dig the potatoes But I sit Down to rest
very often. The Boys Dow not Look after me for Work now. Bob Can Cut
the hay and Build the Corn Stacks and thatch them neater than ever I could
take time to Do. Bob as I call him he is 12 Stone Weight at 10 years of Age. Bobs uncle, Tommy Crowe of Monakee is Dead. He Dyed in Six
Week time. He was as Fine a looking Man as you would have seen. He
was 17 Stone Weight a hard working man. We cant Boast of our yout or
of our Strenth. The fairest flower can soon be cut Down.
You will tell Eliza that William and Francis is gratefuil to her for her Kindness to them and I am Doubly grateful to her. My Dear Nixon am
happy to Know that you are Settled Down so comfortable in the World as
you tell me that you are. Be grateful to God who is the giver of temporal
and spiritual Blessings. There is Not a Day Since I Bid you farewell But I
have thought of you and prayed for you and all the rest and I hope not
in vane. Your affectonate Father to Death
Wm Fife