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Title: Edward J. Hanlon to Michael Hanlon
CollectionUlster Migration to America. Letters from three Irish Families [R.A. Wells]
SenderHanlon, Edward J
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstore keeper
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPittsburgh, Penn., USA
DestinationBallymote, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
RecipientHanlon, Mick
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count421
Genrework, family, friends
TranscriptFrom: Pittsburgh
Date: 3 December 1873

Dear Brother Mike,

I received your kind and welcome letter last week and was glad to hear of your
all enjoying good health as this leaves us all in the same at present, thank God. Mary
and Kate are also in good health. I was expecting a letter from Father this week, also
one from Rose. Let her write to me as it gives me great pleasure when 1 hear from
you often.
Times are getting a little better here now but it is very slow. There are a great
many men out of employment. Last Thursday was a holiday [Thanksgiving
day. Ed.] and there was no work in any of the stores. Every place was closed up.
Mary and I spent a very pleasant outing with a man by the name of Smith. He is a
married to one of the Fenans of [ ] . They are very nice friendly people. There is a
great many people from home call in with them. He keeps a saloon. Mr. Murphy
was in Smith's on that night too. He is as bad after Mary as what Robert Harvey is.
He is in a very nice situation and getting along, as he says he hears he is not doing
very well. Henry Bradley is in good health. He has been knocked around a good bit since he came here. He has left The nursery and gone to live with another farmer.
He has had it pretty hard since he came here. James McKee is in good health and
getting along pretty well. He wants to know about Jenny Wright and where she is,
as I suspected from what you said in your last letter that she has left Downpatrick.
He hadn't anything but the one letter since he came here. If you can tell me anything
about her I will oblige him, but at any rate, he is not thinking so much about her as
what he did. He can have a girl at church with him every Sunday night. Uncle's ones
are all in good health. I haven't been in it for three weeks or more. I scarcely go
out of the house except going down to Mary's. Mary wrote on last week and we sent
a [ ] Christmas gifts to Father. I hope he will get the letter all right.
I hope Barney, Patrick, Ellen and Johnny are going to school regular and minding
their lessons.