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Title: William Shanks, Chicago to his mother, [Co. Down?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileShanks, William/23
SenderShanks, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsailor
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationBallyfounder, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs Shaw
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2709/1/15: Presented by Miss Shanks, Ballyfounder, Portaferry, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9102070
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 16:11:1993.
Word Count527
TranscriptChicago June 26th. 875 [1875?]

Dear Mother I write
you these fiew [few?] lines to let
you know that we are all
well they [the?] children had the
cold but they are better
we have had a poor spring
I saw Kelley that came out
from the old country. he said,
that you were all well
Uncil [Uncle?] Nicholas is back from
Oswego with the Frankcrawford
and is going ahead strong
we have had fine weather
this spring Uncil [Uncle?] William is
comming [coming?] home this fall
for a wife he hopes you [torn]
will have one picked [torn]
for him that he will [torn]
nothing to do [torn]
and give you [torn]
the way Lawson done with
my one I did not think she
would a done that, it cannot
be helped, but all I can say
I lost my darlin [darling?] with the courtin [courting?]
to [too?] slow they [the?] next one that
I spark will not have that
to say I will put marrage [marriage?] to
her at once and have done
with it, you see that they [the?]
girls is puting [putting?] me astray which
they put their arms about
my neck and kiss me but I will
try and not let them do it. I want
Granma's [Grandma's?] advice on it or what
she will say, give me an advice
that will answer my self
[torn]ou may have Ballytrustin
[torn]ouses fixed for me, she
[torn] be very handy by their
[torn] Indian a very
[torn] you would see.
I saw ant [aunt?] Nancy she is
well and family her man is
kook [cook?] on the Ademedora.
I need not tel [tell?] you to look out
for a spark for me for I have

more than I can atend [attend?] to
I saw one of the miss Hatches
and was talking to her
What do you think of her?
You can tell William Mc--
that his brach [branch?] of bisuness [business?] is
open for him yet he would
have made a pile of money
this sommer [summer?] for the police
have poisened [poisoned?] a great lomp [lump?] of dogs
they were going in wagons
fulls [wagonfuls?] and I would as [----------?]
that you would not eat the[torn]
they will not let any p[torn]
drive them except them that the [torn]
Ant [Aunt?] Isabella and [torn]
is well but Johney [Johnny?] is [torn]
I would like to know if
Uncil [Uncle?] Nicholas is married yet
you can tell him that
they are fine lands here
Just as good as any call for
You could get a good farm
for 5 or £10. That is very good
land I would never buy a farm
in Ireland that is to buy they [their?]
land and begin and pay rent
for it I Just look at it now how
one could think of doing it,
I see Just as good land as you
have, I would a rote [wrote?] sooner
but I was waiting for an answer
I send my kind love to you
all and to Granma [Grandma?],
[torn] to Mr Taylor & Mrs Taylor
[torn]mily & also to they
[torn]afogue girls Now remains your
[torn] send William Thanks [Shanks?]