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Title: [James?] Banks Reford, New Jersey to Matilda [Reford, Antrim?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBanks Reford, James/20
SenderBanks Reford, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBloomfield, New Jersey, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N. Ireland
RecipientReford, Matilda
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 3028/B/16: Permission to Copy from W. Reford Esq., 81 Islandmagee Road, Whitehead, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405124
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:05:1994.
Word Count270
TranscriptFrom: J. [James?] Reford.

To: His Aunt Matilda [Reford?],
[Antrim?], [Country Antrim?],

184 Midland Avenue.
Bloomfield, N.J. [New Jersey?], [U.S.A.?].

May 30 1897

Dear Aunt Matilda,
Your letter of April
2 was duly received and
would have been answered
sooner, but for the reasons I
have been kept over busy
and have not fully recovered
from my sickness. I keep very
weak especially so in my
lower limbs. I soon tire if on
my feet for any length of
time, and having been so
hard pressed with extra
work, in the shipping being
so heavy, in view of the
change in the Tariff, has
done much to keep me back.
Was pleased to hear that
the Photos arrived all
right [alright?]. I wish you could meet
my wife I know you would
be good friends. As regards
my own. I had grown a
beard and was about a
stone and a half heavier
than when you saw me.
(We Yankies [Yankees?] would say about
20 pounds. but Father kept
to the old form of a stone)
which makes the change in
looks. Two years this morning
I saw Ireland, and slept
in Belfast. If I could get
away would like to make the
trip again.
Sorry to hear you were not
feeling well but hope you
are by this time in your
usual good health.
Thanks for the clippings
sent me. I havn't [haven't?] seen
him since I wrote you.
I have been trying to get a
picture of the house Father
built and where he and
Mother died but have not
as yet got a good one. We
hope too [to?] before long. Our weather
keeps cool. [Eunice?] and the
children join in love.
Your afft [affectionate?] nephew. Js [James?] Banks Reford