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Title: 21. From James Prendergast to his son Jeffrey
CollectionThe Prendergast Letters. Correspondence from Famine-era Ireland (1840-50) [S. Barber]
SenderPrendergast, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMilltown, Co. Kerry, Ireland
DestinationBoston, Mass., USA
RecipientPrendergast, Jeffrey
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
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Word Count627
Genrecorrespondence, family, possible emigration
TranscriptMr Cornelius Riordan
No 22 Atkinson Street
Boston Mass

Milltown March the 7th, 45

My Dear Jeffeory, I take this favourable opportunity
of addressing you hoping to find you all in
as good health as this leaves me your affectionate
mother Brothers and their families at present
thanks to Divine Providence, also of acknowledging
the Receipt of your last letter of the 1st January with your remittance of £5..os.od stg. Dear Jeffeory I have to inform you that
I sent you two letters one on the 6th of December last
posted in milltown another on the 22nd January last posted
in Tralee. Whether ye got either I cannot say. You mentioned,
about the check whether we would get the amount
in Tralee. I freely got the amount, even before it was
payable. Dear Jeffeory I feel very uneasy as not getting
our letters regularly you may rest assured that it
is no neglect of mine that nothing earthly would give
me greater pleasure than hearing from ye often. Now
as you had mentioned in one of your letters to me about
your ages tho mentioning your ages in the last two letters
sent ye dreading not getting either Jeffeory's age being
28 years the 7th of May next Thomas's age 25 years the 29th of May
Turn over
Dear Jeffeory I cannot conceive the reason of your
Inquiry about your ages. I and your affectionate mother
is most anxious to know. Mention to me in your next
letter. Daniel Riordan is well in health and in the same
situation still in the Victoria Hotel Killarney.
Mr Spring and family are well. Dear Jeffeory I have
to inform you that your Brother Michael was preparing
to go to that yankey country until I and your beloved
mother prevailed on him to remain at home for this year
whatever may the consequence. The poor man has met
with many disappointments these late years and to
add to his trouble about a three weeks ago he had a
good ass the best animal that was ever handled and
which was the poor Boy's sole support. She died thro
the means of some Blackguards illtreating the poor animal.
Now tho small an animal an ass is it was the greatest
loss to the Poor Boy in the commencement of spring. I
felt so much at his loss that I went to his Fatherinlaw
and had told him to give your Brother Michl as much
as 12s and that I would give him 12s more to purchase
some kind of a little animal for him to aid him a little.
The Fatherinlaw declined giving a penny piece, therefore he
nearly despaired. He said that whatever may the consequence
that he would go and seek for fortune. Dear Jeffeory
your affectionate mother and I prevailed on him to remain
this year whatever. We thought it mournful being living
next door to us to have him leave the country. No more
to say but wishing you all every happiness and your
Brothers and mother who join with me in love and friendship
to Cors Riordan Judy Riordan Thomas and Jeffeory Prendergast
until Death and Remain your affectionate Father
James Prendergast

Write to me as soon as
possible and at the receipt
of this letter as I am
impatiendy waiting your letter
From Patrick D Mahoney the last letter which I mentioned
to you about my Brother I was lately informed that it
was in a place called Woodstock he was when lately
seen. I am very delicate in Troubling you as I am at all
times and if ever we should meet I never shall forget your
kindness. I Remain yours Truly Patrick D Mahoney