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Title: [James?] Banks Reford, New Jersey to [Anne Reford, Antrim?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBanks Reford, James/15
SenderBanks Reford, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBloomfield, New Jersey, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N. Ireland
RecipientReford, Matilda
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 3028/B/15: Permission to Copy from W. Reford Esq., 81 Islandmagee Road, Whitehead, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405123
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:05:1994.
Word Count378
TranscriptFrom: J. [James?] Banks Reford.

To: His Aunt, [Anne Reford?],
[Antrim?], [County Antrim?],

Bloomfield. N.J. [New Jersey?], [U.S.A.?].
May 15th 1896.

Dear Aunt,

Your letter of April 8th
was duly received, and it gave us
all pleasure to hear from you. We
trust Jane is fully recovered, and
that your health is improved.
We will be pleased to receive your
Photo whenever you get ready to
send it. I think I will have to
send you one of Eunice, she
makes a poor picture in the
group. If I could, would like to
run over and see you
bringing her with me. She has been on
the sick list all spring. While
recovered, she doesn't gain strength
the rest of the family are fairly well.
We will have Josie home from
Wisconsin, after being away about
eleven months, about June 1st.
We have had a peculiar spring
warm in April and cool in
May, until this week when it
went up into the nineties, and
today is raw and cold. We have
no rain to speak off [of?], for over
six weeks, so what seeds we
have planted, are making but
little growth.

It will be a year tomorrow
that I sailed for Europe. The
time seems short. I have many
pleasant recollections of my
trip. My regret is that I could
not spend more time in and
about Antrim, and doubt if I
will again have the pleasure
of seeing the home of my father.
I mailed you a souvenir of
your birthday which I hope
you received. It was a card,
not much, simply a tribute
and a reminder that you
were still remembered.

Times are very dull and will
not change until Election is
over. The papers are full of
Election news, and but little
else. The Republicans make their
nomination for President next
month, and the Democrats in
July from then until November
it is politics morning, noon,
and night. The main question
in this election will turn on
money - wither [whether?] it shall be on
a Gold basis - or Gold and
silver. Both parties are divided.
It is a sectional question more
than a party one. The east wants
Gold. The west wants silver -
We all Join in Love and the hope
that your health may be improved
Have not heard from Belfast lately.

Your affectionate Nephew.
J. [James?] Banks Reford.