|Title:||Joyce, Bridget to Coogan, Hugh, 1879|
|Origin||Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland|
|Destination||Harlem, NYC, USA|
|Genre||enquires about family, her mother's illness, friends and acquaintances|
|Transcript||Bagenalstown Post Office|
January 28, 1879
My Dear Cousin Hugh,
You must be somewhat astonished to receive a letter from the little child you left at home when you were going off --but my dear father has spoken about you all and about my uncles who have turned out so very cold that they never even wrote a line to him.
But I hope dear Hugh that you will not forget to drop us a few lines as soon as you can and tell us how your poor mother is and how you all are, including my father's brothers. I wonder none of you ever wrote this long time. Poor Margaret often speaks of you all. We are all living together still in a most comfortable house near the chapel. My father holds very stout still, the best father in all the world he is. Full of good nature and of Corries stories, he attends to the little garden and spends the day happily.
My mother is failing fast. Margaret is housekeeping for us and is the life of the house. Patrick is Mr. Ward's corn buyer and accountant, and I am with James Byrne, Telegraphist, for the past 6 years and half. So we are all very happy together, thank God. Father W. Maher came to see us Friday last. He is very well. Mrs. Maher is not well lately. John will soon be ordained priest, and Patrick, the youngest, is in Kilkenny College. They are doing well at Ballyloughan. Margaret Lalor is married and has a young daughter. Tom & Dan are married in the same place, Abbeyleix. All are doing well. I will write you a long letter soon as I hear from you.
Why I wrote Brother Declan is for your address because my father would be so happy if he heard from you. I had a letter a few days ago from him [Br. Declan].
I shall keep you no longer now, only to ask you to give our best love to all friends but especially to your dear mother, self, and Willie.
Your most affectionate cousin,