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Title: 22. From James Prendergast to his son Thomas
CollectionThe Prendergast Letters. Correspondence from Famine-era Ireland (1840-50) [S. Barber]
SenderPrendergast, James / Connor, Jeremiah
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMilltown, Co. Kerry, Ireland
DestinationBoston, Mass., USA
RecipientPrendergast, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfather-son / neighbour
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count695
Genrecorrespondence, family / petition for assistance
TranscriptMr Cornelius Riordan
No 22 Atkinson Street
Boston State of Mass


Milltown May the 21st 45

My Dear Thomas, I have to acknowledge the Receipt
of your welcome letter of the 1st Inst
^on the 16th Inst^ with your check
of £5..os..od stg. which gave me your affectionate mother
Brothers and their families the warmest pleasure of
finding you all in as perfect state of health as this leaves
me your affectionate mother Brothers and families at
present thanks to providence for his divine mercies.
Dear Thomas I have to acquaint you that I received
the amount of the check in the Tralee Bank
Immediately and receiving your letter if empty would
be as welcome to me [and] your affectionate mother as if it
contained £50 British. We were so impatient this time
past for not receiving a letter from ye we were doubtless^ly^
In dread something was the matter with one or either of you.
Dear Thomas you mentioned in your last letter the Receipt
of a letter the 9th of November last. You must have mistaken
the date. The last letter I wrote you was dated the 6th of
March last. Whether you received same I cannot say.
Dear Thomas I am always acquainted writing to ye regularly if you receive them as I and your loving mother think a
month a year when we dont hear from you all. Moreover
our scriviner or writer ^Patt Mahoney^ is as free to us as if one of
were at Home. Therefore do not neglect writing to us
often, as it is my chief object. Tho we are a Burthen
on ye I well know it would be a consolation to ye
to hear from us. I know it from my own Bosom
as we get many years younger when we receive your
letter. Therefore do not neglect writing Immediately. Dear
Thomas I have to acquaint you that Daniel Riordan
is well in health and in the same situation still in the
Victoria hotel Killarney. Dear Thomas let me know in your
next letter how is James John and Laurence Ford and how
are they getting on. Dear Thomas your Brother Michael
seemed as much delighted at your letter with respect
to the little donation which ye intend sending as if he
had same in his Pocket he being so certain of your
Punctuality that he expressed he was sure now of same.
He wants a little horse badly and I am very glad you
did not encourage him to go to that country as he seems
not sound in health tho not having any sickness. I have
no more to say but wishing you all every happiness
with your Beloved mother Brothers and their families who join
with me in love and friendship to Cors Riordan Judy Riordan
Jeffeory and Thomas Prendergast and Remain your affectionate
until death.
James Prendergast
I expect an answer to this immediately.
From Jeremiah Connor of milltown Publican begs of you
to let him know in your next letter whether that
Country would be ^a^ good place for him to send his
Eldest son namely Part Connor to. He is seventeen years
of age and is a proper honest Boy and a very
Proficient scholar. If ye could make out any situation
for him in a shop or otherwise to bind him to some
good trade for a few years as I am informed that in
that country they have a yearly salary together with
showing them their trade. Therefore as you consider the
best mode for him to have a clean livelihood I would
be most anxious to send him to that Country according
to the encouragement had from you in your next letter
and by your exertion in the above case I will for ever
be under the greatest obligation to you all. I having
seven in family that I would be most anxious to have
the eldest Boy in some good way to get thro life than
have him in this miserable country in Poverty. No more
at present from yours Truly
Jeremiah Connor