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Title: John D Reid, New York to Thomas E Reid, Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileReid, John D/46
SenderReid, John D.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationclerk
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
DestinationArmagh, N.Ireland
RecipientReid, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 3014/3/7/3: Deposited by Mr H. H. Reid
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9103121
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by B.W. 04:01:1993
Word Count627
TranscriptTo: Mr Thos [Thomas?] E. Reid
17 Dobbin St. [Street?]

From: John D Reid
55 Macdougal St. [Street?]
N. Y. [New York?]
Aug 7 '98 [1898?]

My Dear Father:-
I was very
glad indeed to hear that
you are all well & doing
well. Bertie & Bill seem
to be carrying off the honors
& I am proud to hear of
their successes. For the
past ten months I have
been employed by the
Co. [Company?] which publishes the
N. Y. [New York?] City directory, mostly
on piece work, making
out trade lists & such
for advertisers. They keep
all the Directories published
in the U. S. [United States?] & from these
the lists are made as
ordered. It is poor work
& poorly paid but I have
been fairly successful
as I have developed into
a very rapid writer &
plain writing is what
they want. I have averaged
$9 per week at it for
the last three months,
but just now there is
absolutely nothing doing
& no prospects before
next month. August is
the dullest month in
the year here. However
I am not worrying any as
I am thoroughly determined
to avoid drink & I have

a good front, that is,
good clothes &c. If I
had been steady since
I came here I would
be making $30 per week
easily. A rolling stone
gathers no moss, However
I have got the bottom in
me & will succeed yet.
The difficulty about
getting a good situation
is want of introductions
to good people. Everything
is so crowded that
there is no show for an
outsider. Every foreman
puts his own friends in
I hope & believe you
have influence enough
to come out on top
of the heap when the
new County Councils
bill gets in operation.
Dont you folks ever
have any photographs
taken. I would very
much like to take them.
I have the family group
neatly framed in my
bedroom, but, would
like the individual ones
as well. You did
not mention Robert
particularly Is he well?
I have given up hopes of
ever hearing from him.
I suppose he thinks I
am a disgrace &
that there is no good in me.
I'll convince him to
the contrary yet.
I guess the war with
Spain is now over.
It did'nt [did not?] amount to
much anyhow as the
U. S. [United States?] did'nt [did not?] need to
exert themselves much

to do what they did.
You have no idea of
the patriotism & power of Americans
There is no power
on earth today could whip
them & their inventive
genius is such that
they are always ahead
on the machinery of
Tom & Bill seem to be
matrimonially inclined
& if I was in a good
steady job I think I
would settle down
myself. The comforts
of home appeal to me
strongly just now & I am
willing to face the discomforts
& responsibilities if I was
in a position to keep
up a home. Perhaps
the feeling will pass
away. (dont pay any
attention to this rubbish)
My cuffs are down
to my knuckles whch
accounts for this
scrawl. I may
have to get out &
hustle for a job before
long & If so I will
try Mr Holland's friend
Boyd, I think the name
is. They are working
for a firm of merchants
but what positions they
hold I have not found
out. Love to all &
my congratulations
to Bertie when you
next write her.
Every word from
you helps to cheer &
help me along & I
hope before the year
is out to be able

to tell you that I
am holding a good
position & doing well.
I am thoroughly alive
now to the necessity of
sobriety & steadiness
without which smartness
& ability are nowhere.
Love to all from
Your affectionate Son
John D Reid