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Title: J.M. Skellern, New York, to "Dear Brother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSkellern, John/32
SenderSkellern, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationLondon, England
RecipientSkellern, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourcePhotocopies Donated & Originals Held by Mrs Diane Tempest, 2a St. Johns, North Gate, Canterbury, CT1 1BG
ArchiveMrs Diane Tempest
Doc. No.212192
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 06:12:02.
Word Count742
Transcript$$H154 Part of the Diane Tempest Catalogue$$H

New York
Sunday 28th Nov.1864

Dear Brother,
Nothing has given. greater pleasure than the receipt of a letter
from you
after so many years silence on both sides particularly was I
at it's enclosure of your wife's Cart de Visite indeed I would
know her, such a change years has caused in her - when last we
met she
was a thin spare woman but now I perceive a comfortable fat and
looking English woman.
People here are quite the reverse a specimen I have is it in
I thank you and her for sending it to me.
I was sorry to read of your illness preventing you sending me on
I have delayed partly from replyin` to your letter long before
awaiting your promised likeness, as you said in a few weeks you
would send
it but perhaps you were waiting my reply to your letter,
everyday I am
expecting it. I hope it is not missed it is so very long since I
from (sic) for formerly you were very correct in sending
Many very many thanks for the various papers you sent me this
past week
I received two together - one illustrated. I send some
to you but not at all equal to yours. I do not wish to send you
papers from this except some particular news is going as they
are little
I was sorry to hear the calamaties befallen to your family, we
are all
"born to troubles". Your visit to Dublin does not surprise me.
It is a
bad and broken down place I hear from many. Who could that man
be you seen
at the College - he must know very little about me - as the time

I left there the Society had not twenty pounds or even ten in
possession, as the Secretary Max Ryan had absconded to America
with all
it's funds which was not much. I seen him here, I never received
one or
other neither was there any rule on their books to that effect
to entitle
me to it,whatever may be now I know not so
Another reason of my not replying to your letter long before
this was that
I waited these several weeks for my son's likeness to send on to
you, but
as yet he has failed to keep his word so far, however I am
compelled to
enclose you one I have of his these two years past. I do not
send it as
any worth, it is so soiled, only that I may let you see the
exact features
of Your 2 nephews and your daughters their cousins. The oldest
has changed very much since this likeness has been taken, he is
now growing monstrously fat. The other less fortunate in the
world an
exact likeness too (with the exception of a sore nose when he
got it taken)
I enclose also, i t is very poorly taken indeed. He sent it on
to me with
2 more from Baltimore. You perceive that it is regimental.
My eldest son is now about 31 years old, the other is 22 nearly.
I trust
to be able by my next letter to enclose you the 1ikeness of my
old woman
when taken and also that of the poor afflicted one, my daughter
sorely affected indeed with a notorious drunkard and idler,
now at those calamatous times when everything here is so very
dear owing
to this dreadful war and likely to be more so. She may write you
a few
lines at the close of this letter as 1 will defer to finish it
until next
Sunday, awaiting another mail steamer for your letter and
likeness - I wish
you for the future to direct your letters and newspapers you may
be kind to send
me to the house of my son George Skellern No. 224 West 27th
between 8th and 9th Avenues, New York. They will be safer there
for me - I
begin to doubt very much if your letter may not have been kept
here in this
house by the person who is in the habit of receiving my letters,
as some are
not forthcoming, my son Charley has written to me also. The
Skellern you
seen in Dublin know nothing of my daughters husband since he
was there
16 years ago, little they know what a drunkard he turned out.

Transcribed by Jonathan Engstrand