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Title: John D Reid, New York to Thomas E Reid, Armagh [City?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileReid, John D/35
SenderReid, John D.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationArmagh, N.Ireland
RecipientReid, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 3014/7/2: Deposited by Mr H. W. F. Reid.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9103074
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 10:12:1993.
Word Count442
TranscriptFrom: John D Reid

To: Mr Thos [Thomas?] E Reid
17 Dobbin st [Street?]
Armagh [City?]

[Crossed flags motif, American & Cuban, Eagle above]

C/O Mrs McNair
55 McDougal st [Street?]
N.Y. [New York?] City
July 7th -- '98 [1898?]

My Dear Father:-
It is a long
time now since I wrote
You & as usual it is my
first I connot offer any
excuse but hope to do
better in future, and I will.
I have been doing fairly
well since I last heard
from you but the war
with Spain has sent
business to the bad and
at my work where 30
men were employed there
are only 3 left. I am one
of them. We are just paid
enough to live on, but
as there is no doubt about
the outcome of the war
that itself is not so bad.
They can get more than
enough volunteers here to
beat any nation on earth
in fact, every able bodied
man & boy, foreigner or
native, would go if it
came to a push. I wd [would?]
go to the front myself
only the excessive heat
wd [would?] be sure to finish me
& Cuba is ever so much
hotter than here even.

Almost 100o in the shade here this [these?]
few days. I am in good health
& weigh pretty near 14 stone.
I did not go to see Mr
Holland's friends but will
introduce myself there in
case I should need a job
Business is sure to boom
when the war is over.
I have done without drink
now for 3 months & am
determined to have done
with it for once & all.
I am commencing to
feel like settling down & as
soon as I get a good steady
job I believe I will get
married & settled down
for good. I have to find the
woman yet but that is
the easiest altho' [although?] the
most important part.
I suppose you have seen about
the loss of the French steamer
with over 500 lives the other
day. The old country seems
to be backing us up in
good shape in the present
war but I guess this alliance
talk will come to nothing.
Now I want you all
to write me & I will
reply at once. I suppose
you have lost all faith
in me but I tell you
what, I have gone thro [through?]
a lot, am in good health
& spirits & will from this
time on conduct myself
with God's help. Love to Robt [Robert?]
Tom, Willie & Bertie. Tell
them to send me any of their
photos they have. I have the
family group framed above my
bed. Love & good luck to all
Your affectionate son
John D Reid

P.S. If you have address of [any?] one
here you would like me to call on
I will do so.