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Title: Coogan, Michael (Brother Declan) to Coogan, Hugh, 1880
CollectionCarlow-Coogan Letters
SenderCoogan, Michael (Brother Declan)
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmonk/shoemaker
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMt. St. Joseph, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
DestinationHarlem, NYC, USA
RecipientCoogan, Hugh
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count250
Genreapology, religious commentary
TranscriptMichael to His Brother Hugh in Harlem
Jan. 18, 1880

A note sent in envelope addressed to William and marked "For Mr. Hugh Coogan."

Dear Hugh,

I cannot say many words to you now as I'm after writing so long a letter but I must apologise for not enquiring for you in my last letter. I cannot now state the cause as I quite forget it, but it was not ingratitude. I'm delighted with the mode of life you henceforth intend to pursue but from the abundance of the regard which I entertain for you, I would advise you begin by making a firm resolution and a fixed determination to fly intemperance and live so as never to know it as it's the contaminated source whence all other vices emanate. Very likely it's the first vice the enemy of your salvation will make use of to ruin both your soul and body. But don't be a fool for him. Mind yourself and your salvation and all will be right and God will shower down His blessings on you, and will preserve you from many dangers which you might otherwise meet with.

I conclude by assuring you of the kind feelings I entertain for you and hoping to hear from you when entered on your new capacity.

I remain as ever
your affectionate
Brother till Death,
M. Coogan
Mr. Thomas McDonald will leave for America on the 16th of this month and will sail on the Abyssinia if I mistake not.