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Title: Coogan, Matthew Jr to Coogan, James, 1864
CollectionCarlow-Coogan Letters
SenderCoogan, Matthew Jr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcarpenter/builder
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHarlem, NYC, USA
DestinationLincoln, Illinois, USA
RecipientCoogan, James
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count505
Genrebeing drafted for war, reprimand for not writing, family news, birth
August 16, 1864
August 16, 1864

August 16, 1864

Dear James,

I take this opportunity of writing these few lines to you though it being the 3rd letter I have written to you without an answer. I hope this will find you in the enjoyment of good health, also your wife and children whom I have never had the pleasure of being acquainted. But before long I expect to form an acquaintance with them if you are not dead or gone to the war. Now whether you are or not, I expect an answer from you in a few days to let me know does the war trouble you or are you afraid for to be drafted? It causes the greatest sensation and excitement in New York.

It often causes me to fail thinking why you'd never write to me. I thought when I first got a letter from you that you and I would have had a correspondence. But I fear you must be angry with me about something or you'd answer one of my letters. I was thinking of going to see you and your family for a couple of weeks and come to New York again. I had a letter from home a few days ago. My mother has been very eager to have an account from you. I've been telling her you used to write to me regular. Michael was professed in the monastery on the 15th of July and never to leave it again for life. Denis would be coming out now but for the war excitement.
I would earnestly wish you'd write to me and let me know are you subject to the draft? Does it disturb or trouble you much? I am sure everything is extraordinarily dear out there with you. Let me [know] do you ever see any person from our place out there, for it is nearly out of America altogether, ‘tis so far off. And also let me know how long would be the going [traveling] there. Patt is in the Police in New York. They have 1000 D a year. It is a very good situation. Mr. Sexton is on Ward’s Island and is doing very well. I am working down in the city on 27th Street and 7th Avenue. Reddy Joyce is a conductor on 10th Avenue. Now don't forget writing to me as soon as possible and let me know how you are getting along. I will be expecting an answer from you in a few days when I can tell you a great many pleasant things. We had a christening at Biddy’s a few days ago. She has another young son. I won't tell you much too much lest you might not answer this letter. If you intend answering it. I must conclude by telling you to remember me to your wife and children in the kindest terms.

I remain your loving brother,
Mathew Coogan [of] Ballyloughan
Direct Mr. C. Sexton, 110th St., 2nd Avenue, Harlem, for M[ary]