|Title:||Edward J. Hanlon to Michael Hanlon|
|Collection||Ulster Migration to America. Letters from three Irish Families [R.A. Wells]|
|Sender||Hanlon, Edward J|
|Sender Occupation||store keeper|
|Origin||Pittsburgh, Penn., USA|
|Destination||Ballymote, Co. Down, Northern Ireland|
|Genre||travel, family, friends|
Date: 3 June 1873
Dear Brother Mike,
I received your kind and welcome letter and was glad of you all being in good
health, as this leaves us all the same at present, thank God. I will give you some of
the news coming along in the railway. It is as nice country all along from New York
as ever you saw. All splendidly wooded all along the whole way for about 100 miles.
Then comes mountains on each side of you. They are very steep and splendidly
wooded also. There is something coming along, that they take in under the mountain
and you would not see light for a = hour.
Dear Mike, I have the best of times of it here. Mary, Kate, Willie Ferguson, Bill
Connolly and I went out to Sharpsburg on last Sunday to see Mary McGorrian. We
had a splendid day. We took the cars out to it and came in on the train. It is about seven miles out to it. She is married and doing very well. We were awfully well
treated in it. They arc for going home in the course of two months. They call her
man Duff. It was after ten when we got home. When we came John Nixon, Tom
Napier and Hugh Harvey that used to live in George Russell's were all sitting there.
On last Sunday night there was eighteen Irishmen and women all to Willie
Ferguson's. James McKee is doing very middling. He is fretting about home and
the girl he left behind him. Henry Bradley is doing very well. I saw him last Sunday
night. Willie Kelly is not doing very well. I don't think he is working any. I saw
him in Pittsburgh on Friday last. I asked him was he working and he said he was
a little while.
Dear Brother, I am doing as well as could be expected. I put l5 dollars in the bank
last night, so I think that isn't too bad for a start. Willie Ferguson and I are going
over to Hugh Harvey's on Thursday evening to spend the evening.