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Title: William W. Shanks, Chicago, U.S.A., to His Mother, [Co.Down?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileShanks, William/1
SenderShanks, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsailor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationBallyfounder, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs Shaw
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD2709/1/19: Presented by Miss Shanks, Portaferry, Co.Down
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9501111
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 11:01:1995.
Word Count341
January 10th 1878

Dear Mother
I rite [write?] you these few lines to let you know that
we are all well hoping this will find you the same as it
leaves us at present I did not go home this fall but by
the help of God if I am speared [spared?] I will be in
Ballyfounder before this time next year Uncle William has
got his hip bone hurted [hurt?] but he is able to go around
again he slid and fell on it he says he will go home with me
to hunt up a bit woman. Nick Martin has been dowsey [dozy?]
on it this good while back The Doctor aint shure [is not
sure?] what is the matter with him but he is able to go
about his business ant [aunt?] Bella and family is well
Sam and Mrs and family are all in good health. I saw Mrs
Wilson that was Miss Jane Savage of High St. her and her
husband and family is well. And I saw a Miss McBride she is
a love child of David John's of the mountain she use to
stop in Mrs Boomers [ke--?] two or three Doors above Mary
Ann & Mr and Mrs and Miss Dempster and Miss McDowell they
are all in good health. I will not mention anything about
the seventh who as I am sure you have heard it all long ago
I have the best of health myself I weigh about 200 lbs so
it tells my health is good thank God

Dear Mother I now send this home to you for you to do the
best you know how as the banks has all gone to the Divil
[Devil?] but one or two I have nothing more to say but give
my best respects to all my inquiring [enquiring?] friends
and to my sisters and brothers and Granma and tell her
I will be home next fall to stop a week or two.
Do not forget Mrs Morton and here remains your affection
[affectionate?] son

William Shanks