|Title:||O'Brien, Mary to Coogan, William, 1886|
|Origin||Coolnacuppoge, Co. Carlow, Ireland|
|Destination||Brooklyn, NYC, USA|
|Genre||visit, friends, family|
June 9th, 1886
For the first time I now address you hoping you arrived safe and in good health to your dear home and friends in New York where I am sure you were received with the warmest affection after your visit to Ireland. I can assure you we feel quite lonely for your company since you left for we never had one to come see us since, only Terence Maher, and he never forgets to ask for you.
We often talk of the nice time and all the fun we used to have whilst you were home but them times will never come again unless you will return once more. Laurence was in Carrig last Sunday. He told Annie what you required him and he said he felt quite relieved. Mrs. Byrne herself came down to see us last week and also to know if we had any account from you so she felt quite glad when we told her how good you got along since. I was glad to know that Michael was not at all displeased with you for remaining away from him so long, for if he only knew how much we prized you he certainly would not expect you to leave us at all. I felt overjoyed when I received your letter from Roscrea together with nice presents and the beautiful heart which you sent me for which I return you many thinks for your kindness on my behalf. Mike wrote to Roscrea a few days ago. We are expecting a letter from Michael soon.
Terence Maher and Mike expects to leave by the 21st so you may guess how lonely we will feel then. There is no account from Patrick k [?] even yet but I think Mike will have a letter from him before he leaves. The Widow is as kind as ever. She is doing the Jubilee now along with Mike and Terence Maher.
Father & Mother, Brothers & Sisters all send their kind love to you. Annie is at Mrs. Brodan's [?] yet. Excuse this scribble.
I am sure Jim Byrne has great work with you now trying to get information about home. I suppose he is married by this time, or did they wait for your return?
I have no strange [tales?] to relate, only Richard Egan died the day after your leaving.
Remember me to all your cousins and believe me to be your sincere and devoted cousin.
to Mr. William Coogan