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Title: Nicholas Shanks, 3122 Rhodes Ave. Chicago To James, Ballyfounder, Portaferry
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileShanks, Nicholas/19
SenderShanks, Nicholas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationPortaferry, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientShanks, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD2709/1/54: Presented By Miss Shanks, Ballyfounder, Portaferry
ArchiveThe Public Record Office Belfast
Doc. No.9501334
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:01:1995.
Word Count198
Transcript 3122 Rhodes Ave.
May 12th 88

Dear James,
We have reached the Garden
City and got recruited after our
wanderings. We landed in N. York [New
York?] in Sunday Evg [Evening?] &
started for Chicago by the Erie Express
on Monday Evg [evening?] at 5 o'clock. the Train
arrived at 10-30 on Tuesday night &
Uncle Wm [William?] was waiting for us
at the station. Chicago is a fine city
the buildings are large the streets wide
& always thronged with waggons [wagons?]. Some of
the houses are 8 stories high & some 10,
& you can reach any of the floors by
elevators. Our William had just gone to
sea the day we arrived. Uncle William
has shown us around he is not sailing
yet so he spends his time with the
I could not give you much
information about the country, but from
appearance, it is a fine country for
working people of all descriptions.
Mother stood the journey well, & was not
very sick. I was not sea-sick but I was
beginning to be sick of the sea, hoping
to hear from you soon I shall conclude
with love to you & Mrs & family
Your Affectionate brother
N. Shank