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Title: Coogan, Michael (Brother Declan) to Coogan, William, 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, William
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count487
Genrecorrespondence, new buildings at the monastery, donations
TranscriptCistercian Monastery
Mount St. Joseph
Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
February 21st, 1880

My dear brother,
I hope you won't be displeased with me for not writing for such a length of time to you. I would indeed have written to you long ago but I knew right well that you heard from me indirectly, and then I waited for a more convenient opportunity. I hope the letter and Cards which I sent arrived safely: when writing to Hugh that time I forgot to ask for home addresses which I intended to ask for but I hope you will have the kindness to forward them to me if possible. I wish for Thomas McDonald's address and Jeremiah Maher's and Philip Meaney's, and if you know of any other persons who would be inclined to do us the favor of collecting on a few Cards, we would deem it a favor never to be forgotten.

Ireland is now very impoverished, at least many parts of it, and consequently we are obliged to appeal to our Celtic friends beyond the seas even so far as distant Australia for means to finish our new Church. Our want of a Church is every day increasing, for until we have it finished we have no way to accommodate people who would wish to make retreats and what is still worse for ourselves we cannot receive Postulants who make application; and many other disadvantages arise from want of it. Our new grotto is now finished, and the statue of our Blessed Lady will be erected there about the first of May; it's very nice and is much admired by all who see it. It's built of stones the most ancient and variegated we could collect in the farm, and they are all fixed in without any such thing as chiseling, in order to give it a more natural and in some sense a more beautiful appearance. If we live to see the Consecration of our new Church, which I hope will take place about twelve months hence, I shall send you all the details of it from beginning to end. And now I wish to tell you that though I'm proposing the subject of collecting money for our Church very strongly, I'm not by any means taking aim at your own purse. There are calls enough on that already. I only mean that if you know any persons who would be inclined either to collect or subscribe, I would like you to send me their addresses, and anyone who will file a card by collecting, or otherwise subscribe 1 Lb. I will send them a letter of association such as I sent to Mrs. Doyle and I think to my Mother also. And now I beg of you when you are answering this letter to read it from beginning to end and then you will forget nothing that I have asked you--

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