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Title: [W. Shanks?], U.S.A., to His Mother, [Co. Down?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileShanks, William/17
SenderShanks, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsailor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationBallyfounder, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs Shaw
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD2709/1/18: Presented by Miss Shanks, Ballyfounder, Portaferry, Co.Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9501110
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 11:01:1995.
Word Count582
TranscriptChicago August 29th 1877

Dear Mother

I received my sister letter and was glad to know that you were
all well and to hear of my sister getting married hoping she
will enjoy her marriage [married?] life I would like to know
what is his trade she did not say what he was I suppose he will
be a [clod thumper?] William and I has a notion of going home
this winter If we go we will call on Mrs Nesbitt
William has no notion of marring [marrying?] yet I was wanting him
to go home and get married and I would go with him and give us all
a spree before New Years Day I was at Mrs Martins last night she
and the family is well She has a fine baby Nellie it looks like
Granma she is very qute [quite?]. If any of the young ones annoy
her she will lift the doll or any little thing and throw it at
them. As Isabella or Granma or perhaps you would say myself I
know I was a bad boy at lest [least?] you said it often enough
The girls says I am the best boy that ever left the old country
But I asked them where They shipped their men to I will send my
fotograph [photograph?] in the next letter I was out at Mrs
Shaw yesterday she has had poor health since she had the baby
but she is well now and the baby is growing fast I hear Mr
Dempster is for starting a saloon he is well Mrs Dempster &
Miss Dempster & Miss McDowell is in good health. I never
hear any word about Isabella or James or Nicholas I suppose
they hardly think it was [torn] that would be tow [two?] in
the one year. I hope you made Granma drunk over it I was sorry
I wasn't their [there?] but I suppose it would be like every
other place they went I would [fear?] home Thank God I can go
where I please I have no boss only when I am under pay I was in
Cleveland about two weeks ago I went in a ship carried 1500 tons
of Iron ore it is a very nice place I enjoyed myself very well
in it. I saw there people all in 1 Buffalo they are all in good
health the time I was their [there?] and are doing very well I
did not know Mrs Monon she is stouter than when she was in
Ireland but the grub is far supperier [superior?] here than
what it is [breo-?] at home on [two lines missing] see Mrs Watson but
they said the last accounts he was well. They were not shure [sure?]
of me when I went in one of them and think that Mrs Shanks Son
[line unreadable] I think James will have to get a wife in now If he
dose [dose?] not soon get married he will be getting an old batcholar
[batchelor?] and none of the young girls will have him like
his uncle William.
It was a mistake about the letter I mailed two letters
togeter [together?] I must have put it on the wrong letter
I had the two stamps one 6cts [cents?] the other 3cts [cents?]
I was sorry to hear that I made the mistake I will keep my eyes
skimmed for the feature [future?]

No more at present but remains
Your prodigal son

May God Bless you all