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Title: William Shanks, Lake Michigan, to Mrs Shaw, Ballyfounder, Co Down
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileShanks, William/18
SenderShanks, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsailor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLake Michigan, USA
DestinationBallyfounder, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientShanks, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD2709/1/20: Presented by Miss Shanks, Ballyfounder, Portaferry, Co Down
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9501127
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 11:01:1995.
Word Count306
TranscriptLake Michigan
July 27th 1878

Dear James
I now write you
these few lines to let you know
that we are all in our usual good
health Thank God for his goodness
to us And I hope this will find
you all in good health.
Uncle Nicholas is able to go around
but he does not feel good I think
he is gone away for the good of his
health by this time Aunt Isabella
& family is well I was up their this
last trip I was expecting a letter from
Mrs Nesbitt I wrote to her and sent
a photograph to her Aunt Isabella
said she had not wrote to you
but she was going to write this week
Uncle William is well he is not married yet
I am always at him to get married
but he always put it off and goes on with
another story. I am sailing with him
all this summer for so far he says
he will go to Ireland next spring with
the Ada Medora he is always at me
about going to spark but I dont go
with the girls he wants me to go with
so he cannot find out any of my sparking
if the girls squel [squeals?] on me I drop her and
goes with another, Uncle Sam and family
was well the last I heard of them.
I saw Aunt Nancy this spring
she was well and her husband and family
I gave one of my large photographs
framed and all she was very
well pleased with it I have got
no more time to cribble [scribble?] you anymore
for I have to go to the helm now.

I send my kind love to you all
and to Mrs Taylor of Plestry
and to all my inquiring
no more at present
but remains your affectionate
William Shanks