|Title:||Edward Hanlon to Father|
|Collection||Ulster Migration to America. Letters from three Irish Families [R.A. Wells]|
|Origin||Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA|
|Destination||Ballymote, Co. Down, Northern Ireland|
|Recipient||Hanlon, Michael Sr|
|Transcript||From: Nebraska City, Nebraska|
Date: 8 January 1860
I received your letter of July 25th 59 in due course which I would have answered
on sight, only waiting that I might be able to give you more satisfaction. 1 was then still in rather delicate health. My general health has partially recovered, still far from as well as it was some years ago.
Dear Father, I have considered your advice in regard to returning to my own
country or to Pittsburgh. As to Pittsburgh, I like the place as well as any other in the United States, only it requires a deal more exertion to get along there than in some other younger places. It has advantages and disadvantages as to my [ ] life. Your remarks are correct. The only mistake I made was not remaining in Milwaukee when the place was then young, and worked for myself and had my friends done the same I might, as far as worldly goods are concerned, have been now well off.
Anything I got I gained by my own industry and work alone. And anything done
for my friends, which would amount to a good deal to me in any case, I got a
thankless return, with the exception of Mick alone, which lives no better friends or brother, if it was in his power. I am glad to inform you that he and family is well and beginning now to be comfortable circumstances…
As to returning to my own country, I fear the prudence at this stage of the game.
I question not it I had remained there and used the same [hard work?] I have done
here that it would have been equally as well with me. And my native country
remains dear to me. There is not place on the face of the earth that I would rather
my last remains would be laid than in Ardglass. I fear it never shall be.
Richard Savage's children are well and he himself for a year or two back was
lucky in taking some contracts of quarrying stone and made some money at it. But
he could not contain himself in prosperity. He turned to drink and I believe he is as formerly now. Willie Fitzsimmons I have never heard from. About the time I
received your letter, it was about our election times here. Me being in rather poor
health and not being able to follow…