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Title: Edward J. Hanlon to John 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, John
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
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Word Count434
Genreemigration prospects
TranscriptFrom: Pittsburgh
Date: 18 February 1876

Dear Brother John,

I write you these few lines and enclosed them in Mary's letter, and I hope to
receive an early reply from you. Dear Brother, as you are going to leave your own
dear home and come out here to make perhaps a better living than you can there, let
me give you a little bit of advice before you make one step toward coming here. You
have got to make out a living for yourself in the sense of the work, you when here
will be dependent upon your own income, but you may be sure we will stick to you
and do all in our power to help you along. But let me tell you that your own fortune
or misfortune rests solely with yourself. T'is by your own energy and hard work that
you will get along here. Friends, no matter how good, or how true, never can do
anything for you unless you make the way clear for them, and again let me impress
in you that money is not got here for the lifting off the streets. You have to work
hard and sore for every cent you make. Here in a store it is not like home, you have
got to work hard from 8 o'clock in the morning until six at night, and there is no
laying around the counter or sitting on chairs and such things as that. You come in
the morning to work and you work hard till you go home. I am not the least afraid
but you will act all right, do what is right, and we two get along agreeably together.
But, as the old saying is, "forewarned is forearmed."
I also wish to say to you to attend regularly your religious duties, to go to the
sacraments regularly. When you do that there is no doubt but everything will do all
right. Dear Brother, I hope you won't think hard of me for the advice, but I do it for
your own good, and to save an unpleasantness that might hereafter arise. 1 will now
conclude with one wish, that you send me your picture as I'd like to have it before
you come very much. Don't forget.
Give my most sincere love to Brother Mike. Tell him to write as indeed I often
think long to hear from him. Love to Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers, and
hoping to have an answer to this soon. I am, dear Brother John,

Yours Fraternally,

Edward J. Hanlon