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Title: 27. From James Prendergast to his children in Boston
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 children
Recipient Gendermale-female
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count516
Genrefamily, economy, politics
TranscriptMr Cors Riordan
N° 16 Pearlplace
Boston Massachusetts
N. America


Milltown 11th August 1846

My dear Children
I received your Letter of the 16th of July on the 2nd of this
Month. I presented the check at the National Bank Tralee last
week. The Manager Mr Quill said that it was payable in Cork
However he paid me the compliment of advancing me the amount
as he usually does and transmitted the check on his own ace1
to Cork, He charged me nothing for his trouble. He refused even
the postage of the Letter which I offered to pay. My dear Children
nothing can give ^us^ greater pleasure than to hear that ye are well
and enjoying good health. May God continue his favours to
you all. My dear Children your Mother and I are in
much better health now than ^when^ we wrote last. I may say,
thank God, that we are now perfectly recovered from our illness.
Your Brothers and their respective families are well
and so are all your friends. Your Cousin Francis Hurly
(Jerry's son) is to take holy orders this week. On Saturday next
he comes to the Altar (for the first time) a priest. Sometime since he intended going to america and received an Exeat
for a foreign mission. But since that time he was
countermanded and is now kept on the home mission
to the great joy of his parents and friends. He is a very
fine man and it is expected will be a good priest.
The state of the Country is not as distressing as was dreaded
in the beginning of this year, but that was owing to the
supplies of foreign provisions brought into the Country
and to the public works carried on to give the poor em
=ployment. Relief committees were formed in every locality
and the Board of Works empowered them to repair byroads
and carry on different other works of public utility, to
employ the labouring classes young and old, and to give
them food for their labour. These arrangements were well
observed, and real distress was scarcely known here, thank
God. Even the markets were kept down to reasonable
prices for such as did not labour. But unless some
such measures be taken to provide against next years greater
fears are entertained for the coming than the present season.
The Potatoe crop is much worse than the last. The disease that
was not perceived until September, and even December in other
places last year is now complained of throughout the Country.
It is felt more severely as we have not the fourth part of
last years produc even diseased. We expect good measures from
the British parliament this year but we mus wait to know
the issue. Our Irish members stood their post well and
were not unsuccessful. My dear Children I will say no more
than that your Mother joins with me to send you our blessing
and so do your Brothers and that I remain affectionately
your Father
James Prendergast