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Title: James Buchanan, Milford to Robert Buchanan, New York.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBuchanan, James/16
SenderBuchanan, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMilford, Co. Donegal, Ireland
DestinationNew York, USA
RecipientBuchanan, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD1473: Presented by K. Baxter, Milford, Co.Donegal.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland.
Doc. No.9705017
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 01:05:97.
Word Count589
Co Donegal
21st July 1892.

Dear Robert
I just received your letter to-day,
and although I am uncertain whether this
letter will reach you before you move, yet
I think it better to write at once.
I regret to hear that you have left Sloane
and Maguire, but I write now to say that if
you are likely to be out of permanent
employment, the best thing you can do is to
come home rather than be wandering around
New York in search of work. You will find
it much more pleasant and comfortable in
Milford now than it was on your last visit;
I have been working in mud and mortar ever
since I came, I have not spent an idle week,
but now I have everything in fairly good
shape, if you come we will go fishing as much
as you want. Miss Gilliland bids me to tell
you surely to come, and she says you won't
know the house when you get the length.
If you do come, write by return, and bring
your Tools and all your wordly [worldly?]
health with you.
The fact is you would be as well to come and
settle down in Milford, your work would not
perhaps be just as fine or pleasant, as in
New York - nor could you earn so much money
here but at the end of the year I think you
would be just as well off, and we could
assuredly give you better food of our own
growing a better bed to sleep on and cleaner
and better surroundings than you have in New
York, besides you are getting on in years, and
in a short time you will have to wear spectacles
and be less compitent [competent?] to go out and
earn a days wages, besides i may not be living
very long; at my death you would have to come
and live here anyway as there is more property
here than you have in New York.
Should you come here and settle down to work I
have no doubt but you could be kept busy. There
is no good Carpenter here but Robert Hazlitt and
he has more than he can do, Mrs Osborne told me
he could drink all he earns, but he has lately
built two houses for himself at Kilmacrenan, he
is now working with a lot of other Carpenters at
Downings Bay putting up a Wood Hotel that the late
Lord Leitrim had ordered ready to be put together
in Norway. We have now a nice Steamer between
Milford and Glasgow nicely fitted up Cabins with
Electric &c.
My father still continues in his usual health,
he is still able to go across the street.
I am amused at him sometimes, if I am working
with any of his old tools and happen to lay it
down for a few minutes, when I look for it again,
he will have it carefully locked up in the press.
The handles of the old chisels are worn eaten and
ready to fall in pieces, and so blunt and rusty
you can do nothing with them and yet he is as
careful of them. I think he wants to leave them
as a legacy to you when he dies.
I hope this letter will reach you - Miss
Gilliland sends kindest regards, and bids me to be
sure and tell you to come right home.
Your Affectionate Brother
James Buchanan
I suppose the Josephine Williams is a daughter of
Uncle Josephs' I suppose she wants help-