|John Hanlon to Father and Mother
|Ulster Migration to America. Letters from three Irish Families [R.A. Wells]
|Allegheny City, Penn., USA
|Ballymote, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
|arrival, account of passage, family, socialising, decease, friends
|From: 25 Linden Street, Allegheny City, Pa.
Date: 5 May 1876
Dear Father and Mother,
I arrived here safe on Wednesday night. Eddie, Kate and Mary and Wm.
Ferguson met me at the depot. They were awfully glad to see me. Mary stopped
here that night. Eddie did not know me. I am as tall as he, and far weightier. Mary
is not very much changed. Kate is stout.
I had a very pleasant time in New York. My cousins are very kindly. They are
doing a great business. He has three men working for them. I got a pair of buttoned
shoes from them. Mr. and Mrs. Rooney are very kindly. I stopped there. I never
saw Pat but once. I got the whiskey all right. They would take any British measure
from you, but I took 3/4 of a glass out of it and they saw it and said nothing. There
were a great many fined for whiskey. They had it sealed.
I went to the Central Park on Sunday. It is a nice place. I went to the McIlduffs
and had dinner there, and then went over the river to Hell's Gate. I stopped there
a while and started for James Mulvaney's. I stayed there a while then went to Pat
Gilmore's, they were just going to bed.
Dan and I went to a ball on Monday night, and had a very pleasant night of it. We
had a pretty long ride from New York to Pittsburgh, it kept us twenty eight-hours.
I would rather cross the Atlantic as go on the trains.
We had a very rough passage. There was a head wind the whole way over. We
saw a very large iceberg about fifteen miles from us. For two days and two nights
we could not see one end of the vessel with the fog, when we were crossing the
banks. There were upwards of four hundred passengers in the vessel. 1 was sick on
Easter Sunday and Monday. I got two eggs.
Tell Mrs. Stewart that Pat's wife had died since, and that the two children are in
a hotel. Give my love to Mrs. Stewart. Give my love to the Harvey's, also the
Gracey's. Give my love to Barney, Patrick and Ellen. Tell Patrick not to fret. How
is Rose, also Mick? Write to E. Rooney and Dan.
So dear Father and Mother you need not be the least uneasy about me. With the
help of God, I will get on well enough. Tell mother not to fret.
I remain your affectionate son to death,