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Title: John Henry, Clay Center to Mrs John Henry, Coole, Co. Derry.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHenry, John/1
SenderHenry, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginClay Center, Kansas, USA
DestinationCo. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs John Henry
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1480/4: Copied by Permission of J. Henry Esq., Coleraine, Co. Londonderry.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9006118
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 16:11:1993.
Word Count622
TranscriptClay Center Jany 2d 1888

My Dear Mother,
I received your kind and
welcome letter all right [alright?] and now take the
opportunity to answer it, I must
confess that I have been somewhat
negligent in not writing before this
time, but I thought better late
than never hopeing [hoping?] that you would
excuse me perhaps, I have no news
of any importance to write at present
only to let you know that we are
all well at present, and that nothing
is happening to us only what is common
to the Lot of falling beings like
ourselvs [ourselves?] I was very glad to here [hear?]
that you were getting along so well
yourself and that all the rest of
the family were in a prosperous
condition when matters and things are
going well with us it makes the troubles
and trials of this life easier to bear,
you do not complain of any troubles
or trials which you have to endure
therefore I must congratulate you
on your good fortune in being blessed
with peace and happiness in your
declining years, and here let me
wish you a happy New Year
and peace and plenty in all the
years to come of your natural life,
give my best regards to James & family
and to Eliza Jane & family and to
Sadie & family and tell them
I wish them all a happy new year,
the new year in this country is starting
in very cold it has been snowing and
blowing here for a good many days
in succession. I think it is a
great deal colder in this country
than it is in Ireland in the winter
every thing [everything?] frezes [freezes?] up solid rivers
and creeks and streams of all kinds
so that teems [teams?] & wagons can cross
them with out [without?] any danger
last summer here was very dry so
much so that we had a very
light crop of corn and the consequences


is that we have very
hard times in this country at the
present time our own corn was
pretty good we will have plenty to do
[?] and some to sell but the land
that we had rented was a failur [failure?]
I dont believe much in renting land
it dont pay, the most of the renters
in this country is to [too?] lazee [lazy?] to work
it right, if the renters in the Old
Country were the same as here the
Landlords would get starved out
pretty soon I am getting rather
tierd [tired?] of farming myself I am not
so able as I used to be to see to
every thing [everything?], and I dont like to depend
on hired help I think some of
selling when I can do so to
advantage I think some times [sometimes?]
I could live much esier [easier?]
and have much less trouble
with out [without?] the farm than with it
Our children is scattring [scattering?] out and
working for themselves pretty much
so I dont feel like resling [wrestling?] with
the farm all by my self [myself?],
I dont want you to be so long
in writing as I have been [It gave?]
me so much pleasure to [hear?]
from you that I would like
to have letters oftner [more often?] the one
I got from you before I kept reading
and reading it till I wore it
all out, then I thought it was
time I was writing again and
t-- [try?] and get annother [another?] if I could
this is all I have room for at present
as my paper is about played out,
hoping to hear from you again
and as soon as convenient
I add not but Remains
Your Affactionate [Affectionate?] Son
John Henry