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Title: 33. 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 Count714
Genrefamily, neighbours
TranscriptMr Cornelius Riordan
16 Pearlplace Boston
State of Massachusetts
N. America


Milltown 26th Sepr 1847

My dear Children
I received your Letter of the 31st August last with a check
for £10 which Cors Murphy took up and sent to Liverpool and
we had ^to^ allow 3/4s that is 4d to the Pound, so that we received
£9..16s..8d and Maurice received his part as soon as the return
arrived. He returns ye his thanks and blessing and so he ought,
for it was what ye sent kept him and family alive. At all times
I shared with him. He is in raptures for saying ye sent for his
son James, and the Boy himself is most anxious for the
call. He will be ready as soon as ye send and I hope
he will shew himself worthy of being called out. He is
active, strong, and I think both graceful and grateful.
I need not say that your Mother and I can enjoy no pleasure
equal to that of hearing from ye at all times. We should be
the last of parents if we did not allow what every one
here does that ye are the best children that left this
country for the last 100 years. Those who never saw ye
or knew ye, are thankful to ye and pray for ye in consequence
of the kindness ye have shewn us. Michael's family are all
well. His fatherinlaw and motherinlaw are as attentive to the
children as if they were their own and between them and us
they feel no want as yet. His Wife is well and she says she is content as He arrived safe, and that she is sure of his assistance as soon as
he can send it. I understand that the Revd Bartholomew OConnor our
p.p. is going out to America in the course of a few days, on a
mission from his Bishop and therefore if Michl will
write to his ^wife^ his best way will be to address it to me to be
forwarded to his Wife. If he addressed to any other person
in Town, they are all members of Committee, and if his
letter contained any thing she and children would lose the
little relief allowed them by the course of the Law. A letter
addressed to herself would reach her as well as
if addressed to any other. If the Priest Mr OConnor
should visit ye, ye need not lose much to him
on our account. We were under no compliment to him.
Remember us to every one of the family. Do not forget our
late daughters, tho we never had the pleasure of seeing them.
I mean Tom and Jeffry's Wives. They are two names, Cotter
and Conwey already connected with our family, and
respected in this place. I have not spoken of Con or
Julia, for if they be last in my words, they are not in
my affection. May God bless the entire of my chil
=dren, and their offspring. When ye write next let us know
how my child young James (Tom) is. I hope Michl will
write to his Wife as soon as he can. A letter arrived
here stating that Edmd Moriarty Brother to John Murphy
of Ballyverane was in a very bad state of health.
He is the son of respectable Parents and a near
Relative of your own (his mother was a Thompson and
Grandmother Spring). I would be glad that ye should enquire
and let us know whether he is dead or alive. Ye will get
every information from Maurice OBrien Soninlaw to Farrel
McHugh of Drominbeg. If ye know not OBrien ye can hear where
be is by applying to Danl Buckly N°3 Breadstreet. If
ye can get any account of Edmd Moriarty send it in your
next. I need not say any thing about the state of the
country as I have nothing to add to what I stated
in my last letter which I suppose arrived with ye
about the time that I received yours. McHugh wrote
to his children a few days since. Your Mother joins
me in sending ye our blessing and I remain
your father
James Prendergast