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Title: E. O'Hanlon, Pittsburgh to His Father and Mother, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileO'Hanlon, Edward J/16
SenderO'Hanlon, Edward J.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPittsburgh, Penn., USA
DestinationBallymote, Co. Down, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale-female
SourceD 885/240: Presented by Mrs. Leathem, Ballymote, Downpatrick, County Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland.
Doc. No.9607051
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 05:07:96.
Word Count483
TranscriptPittsburgh, Pa [Pennsylvania?]

May 2nd 1876.

Dear Father & Mother,

I now take this opportunity
of writing you a few lines to state to you
that Johny [Johnny?] arrived here this Ev'g
[Evening?] in good health and looking well
after a very pleasant time in New York. He
came here very nicely had no trouble in
finding us May Tate, Nelly Ferguson & myself
were at the train to meet him he was a little
tired but he has a good bed & nice house to
rest in he can take two or three weeks to
recruit & I think there will be no trouble
getting him a situation Now dear Father
& Mother dont be troubling yourselves anymore
as we will all get along with the help of
God alright this is a large place and a good
chance for a young man to get along. I am sure dear
Father and Mother that you are all a little
depressed in spirits but now you have reason to
be thankful for his safe arrival I have got
little more to say but that we are all well
and Johnny will write to you in a day or two.
Mary & Kate are in good health & equally glad
at the arrival of our dear Brother & still we
are equally sorry when we think of the sorrow
that you have but I hope these sorrows which
are almost inseperable [inseparable?] with [our?]
human nature are for the best. sorrow in itself
amounts to nothing in the way of good but only helps to
shorten or [our?] life here let us then all offer our
hearts & souls to God humbly acquiescing in all
the decrees of God & when we do that there is
happiness in this life and our eternal salvation
depends on our own thoughts and actions here. I
will say but a few words more as I wrote this in
a terrible hurry as you might see from the scribble
but now that this will be a comfort to you to
get this, as Children of loving parents tis [it is?]
a duty which we owe & I will write you in a short time
more so also will Mary & all I can say in Conclusion of
this scribble for you to be now contented & happy
and we will here still try to live in the way we were
brought up in, will allways [always?] dear Father be ready &
willing to do anything that you may ever say or want
us to do be it Ever so [hard?] You will please write
soon & tell all our dear Bros [Brothers?] and Sisters to pray
for us & let them write soon You believe us ever to be
your dear children to death. I am for all your loving child
E. J. O'Hanlon [Edward O'Hanlon?]

Write soon tell Mike [Michael?] to do so.