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Title: N. [Nicholas?] Shanks, Chicago, To Dear Mother, Portaferry Co. Down
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileShanks, Nicholas/13
SenderShanks, Nicholas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationPortaferry, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs Shaw
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD2709/1/64: Presented by Miss Shanks, Ballyfounder, Portaferry
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9501328
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:01:1995.
Word Count412
TranscriptChicago, Feb [February?] 1, 1899

Dear Mother,
Your letter came here only yesterday and I was very
glad to hear from you.
I am well pleased to hear that times are not so bad
as formerly and that a better condition of affairs exists.
We are all first rate, Mrs Bailie has passed off,
and Henry now lives next door to William. Grandma Brew is
still able to go about, she often asks about you. There has
been a great deal of sickness and very many deaths, mostly
due to La Grippe & pneumonia. The weather of late has been
severely cold, away down below zero, but it already begun to
change and become somewhat warmer. I am glad to hear that
Yankee John is doing well it seems to me he has as they say
"a good enough America at home," because of late, times out
here are very bad and not much prospect of permanent
improvement is in sight. We wonder why John does not write
much, but I guess he is busy nursing and attending babies
and doing household duties. I suppose Hugh McKibben will
retire. You did not speak of Miss McAlea, but of course you
can hardly tell us about everybody. David Caughey is well and
manages to get about fairly well, and James Cavan keeps right
hard at work and will make money if anyone ever did. James is
a good young man and deserves to get along well.
Uncle Sam is well and aunt Sara is greatly troubled
with rheumatism. Uncle William is first rate and was eager to
hear the news, he was asking about John Smith & Yankee John.
The Martins are first rate, Alice is strong and well and
desires to go back to teach. I am sure many of the old people
have passed away since I was there and new faces have risen
up in a short space of time, I cannot say if ever it may be
my good fortune to return but you may have visitors from
Chicago next year, because a great many are going to Paris
for the Exposition.
I wrote a letter to Eliza and so I hope to hear
soon about the folks over there.
I am very glad to know you are in good health and
that James & Mrs & family are, and as I have but little news
to send I shall conclude with love & best regards to you and
Yours affectionately,
N. Shanks.