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Title: Edward J. Hanlon to Brother Michael
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, Michael
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count483
Genrefamily, photographs
TranscriptFrom: Pittsburgh
Date: 31 May 1876

Dear Brother Mick,

Your ever kind and welcome letters arrived yesterday, also one a few days ago,
which I did not have time to answer yet but will in a day or two. We are awfully busy
in the store and you will excuse this scribble, as Johnny has written a letter which
I enclose.
Johnny has grown very big since I left. There is a great change in him in many
ways, as he is quieter and backward. But perhaps he is only putting that on here, not
knowing the ways of the people. I can scarcely get him to come out with me at all.
He is very discontented too. He thinks he should just get into a place and make
money by the million, but times are dull now, and he hasn't got anything to do yet,
or in fact, I don't know what he would like to get at, as his favorite chat is about pigs,
cows and horses. He'd make a better farmer than anything else. But once he gets
into work here and knows the ways of the people he'll do all right. I had him at a
picnic yesterday, as it was a holiday, and he enjoyed himself well. I have not very
much to tell you in this but hope you arc all well and not fretting, as Johnny will
always get plenty to eat and a good bed to sleep in. I send you a picture of me which
I got taken out in the country. It is not a very good one as it is all spotted from a
reflection in the grass, but you needn't show it to anyone. I will send you a good
one sometime soon.
Father's picture is lovely—no change on him at all. He looks as young looking
as ever. I was mighty glad to receive it. Send me yours. How are all the folks? Give
my love to all old friends and school boys, particularly Mrs. Stewart, Harveys and
Conners. Today is very warm. Johnny feels it a good bit but will soon get used to
it. I am glad to hear that you are getting along with the crops so well. Sam McKee
is going home in July to stop for a while. I would like to go along for a month or
so. Perhaps I will too, pretty soon.
Great times at the Centennial. I suppose you are tired hearing of it. I will now
conclude this with kind love to Dear Father and Mother, Barney, Patrick, Ellen,
Rose and Yourself, and ask a little prayer for your dear Brother and Sisters. Hoping
to hear soon again from you, I am as ever to death,

Your Brother,

Write soon and write to Johnny as he expects to hear from you often.