|Title:||Coogan, William to his friend Mike, 1886|
|Origin||Brooklyn, NYC, USA|
|Recipient||his friend Mike|
|Genre||family news, friends and acquaintances|
Oct. 24 [1886?]
Your note of Sept. 1 came safely to hand. I was glad to hear from you and to hear how well you are getting along with my nephew. I know he will treat you right; tell him if he does not, I will go out there and put a head on him. I will go out there soon anyway to see my brother and his children. Please remember me to my brother and his wife and all the children, particularly Katie & Mollie. Tell Mollie I will bring her a nice present when I am going out west next spring or summer at the farthest. I suppose the children are all big now. As for Mitt, I suppose he is married by this time or fairly promised. I guess it would not injure his growth now to get married. However, I should keep silent on that question as I have not much to show for my time.
Paul Byrne is after opening a Lager Beer Saloon, he bought out a German that kept a place between where Paul lived and 2nd Avenue the same side of the street. They built 5-story houses there with 20 families in each house, and Paul's store is the only one of the kind on the premises. He is making out pretty well so far and I think he will make it all right. Mrs. Byrne was very sick since they moved. She got cold and it turned to pneumonia. She was prayed for last Sunday in church and is better now.
Patt Nolan is getting along at the horse shoeing, first rate. He can shoe a horse now all alone. They raised his wages last month and will continue to advance his wages as he improves in the business. Jim Byrne and Delia Doyle will be married soon.
Mrs. Doyle bought a house in 110th St. right back of where she lived. They can go from one house to the other without going on the street. It is a private house, and they occupy the whole of it themselves. There is no sign of the gas works starting yet. Tom Farnan is working in the office. Ned Murphy & Joe Barry are working in the Knickerbocker works, the others are scattered all over. Patt Nolan's young sister went out to Chicago some time ago. They don't hear from her often.
With sincere regards to my brother & his family,
I remain Mike,
186 E. 109th St.