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Title: John Henry, Clay Center, Kansas to Mrs John Henry, Coole.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHenry, John/22
SenderHenry, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginClay Center, Kansas, USA
DestinationCo. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs John Henry
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1480/5: Copied by Permission of J. Henry Esq., Coleraine, Co. Londonderry.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9403063
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:03:1994.
Word Count665
TranscriptClay Center Kansas June 20th 1889

Dear Mother, I now take up my
pen to write to you a few lines to
let you know that we are all well at
present I ought to apologise [apologize?] for not
writing sooner, but as it would not help
the matter any I will Just have to ask
you to excuse me for this time and
I will try to do better in the future
we had our pictures taken the other
day and thought perhaps you would
like to see some of your American Grandchildren
so I intend to send them
in this letter, the girls names are
Saddie [Sadie?], Maggie, Bessie, and Sussie [Susie?]
the Boys names are Robert, Charles,
Albert and Arthur, Saddie [Sadie?] is on the
left hand side of the picture and
Maggie is on the right hand side --
Robert and Charles is on the right
and Albert and Arthur is on the left
hand side of the picture, Sussie [Susie?]
is sitting between me and her Mother
and Bessie is standing behind her
these are the children that is living at
home with us at present we have one
little girl dead and three Boys married
that is not in this Photograph you
might think perhaps this was family
enough and that we ought to be satisfyed [satisfied?]
but we still mourn for the little sweet
girl that died, yet we are not in sorrow
as those that have no hope, for the
Bible tells us that if we believe that
Jesus died and rose again than [then?] all
those that sleep in Jesus will God
bring with Him I hope that we may
all have that saving faith given to us
that will enable us to believe all the
precious promises that are in the Bible
so that we may all meet at last in that
happy place where there is no mourning
and where there is no more parting and
where God shall wipe away all tears
from our eyes, Albert graduated
about a week ago at the High School in
Clay Centre [Center?] [they?] had a big time [making?]
speeches and giving diplomas it [?]
a very large opera house and it was [?]
crowded full as it could hold, [Albert?]
made a very nice speech his [subject?]
was the scholars duty in [politics?]
we are still trying to make a [?]
by farming; I think the farm is [?]
and surest although the profits [?]
in rather slow yet it is not so [?]
leave you as money put in a Bank
one of our Clay Center Banks failed the
other day and [robbed?] a great many
poor people out of all [they?] had and
left them almost destitute for life,
we were fortunate I may say to not
have any money in the Bank, the
fact is when we get our food and
clothing and pay our debt the[?]
very little left for the [Bank?]
any one [anyone?] else to get away w [?]
we are getting ready to cut [wheat?]
to morrow [tommorrow?], our wheat is extra good
this year, and corn and oats and rye
[all?] look well for this time of the year
[?] Boys are all farmers and works
[?] all our own land, when [they?] are
[?] gone I let them work for themselves
[?] rent them land, [they?] do all the
[?] pay all expenses and give me
[?] third of the crop in the [greane?] [grain?]
[?] you see keeps the Money in the
[family?] and saves me from hiring
[?] strange help on the farm,
this is all that I can write at present
as my paper is getting filled up and it
is getting late in the day, so I will
bid you goodby [goodbye?] for the present
hoping that these few lines may find
you in good health, and in the enjoyment
of peace and plenty, happy
[?] contented, no more at present
[?] Remains Your,
Affactionate [Affectionate?] Son
John Henry