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Title: James Buchanan, Milford to Robert Buchanan, New York.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBuchanan, James/116
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.9705015
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 01:05:97.
Word Count571
Co Donegal

14th December 1891.

My dear Robert
I received your kind letter a few days
ago, enclosing P.O. Order for ten pounds.
It was too much money to send. I did not
expect it, indeed, I had enough to get along
very comfortably, but now we are well off, we
have an abundance of everything that we need,
plenty of meal and flour and potatoes and
turnips, to do us until Spring, a good crack
of "force-meat" and lots of bacon hanging up
in the kitchen. I think there are very few
in Milford who live more comfortably than we do.
Of course I have been kept quite busy since I
came getting the house and land into decent
condition, but I can tell you during the last
year I have had a hard time of it getting rid
of the dirt and lice, and fleas in the house,
but they are now all banished and the house
quite clean from top to bottom.
My father keeps in good health, he can eat
his three meals a day, go about as usual and
smoke away day and night, and now since you
have sent him some money I suppose he will
keep at it still more. Everybody says he is
so wonderfully improved since I came home.
He is well taken care of, he don't now drink
much whisky and he can eat good food, but he
still continues picking away at himself as he
was when fleas were on him, although it is only
imagination with him now, still he continues
picking away at it day and night, he burns a
candle away every night when he goes to his
bedroom picking his clothes. Mr Osborne is
very sick. Miss Gilliland bids me to tell you
pay a visit to Milford and she will illuminate
the house, she is still getting along, but has
lately been sick of the Influenza, I have also
had it a little but am now better. A great many
people hereabouts have died of it, something
like the "American Grip". It is no wonder we
have it, as we have not had a dry day in the
last month, rain, rain! all the time, day and
John Curran of Glenalla was here last week at
the Water's house (his cousins). It seems he
had been sent to France by his Employers on some
business and he came round this way to see his
Mother. I believe he lives up at Tremont. I
was going to send a Suit of Clothes to you but
he had no trunk with him only a Carpet bag, and
Miss Gilliland says you would not wrap any clothes
made by Anthony Gallaher, but he makes them well
enough for me, and I have more clothes now and am
better dressed than I have ever been in Brooklyn.
We have got the Meeting-House altered, it is now
like a fashionable American Church.
I sent with Curran five views of the
Meeting-House before the alteration took place,
and five views of Milford, you can keep one of each
to yourself, and express the others to Alice
Simpson she will distribute them to Scott to
Mary Ann and Alex Buchanan Curran will likely drop
you a line next month when he gets Home. In the
view of Milford you will see my father at the door.
Wishing you a Happy Christmas is all our wishes