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Title: Reynolds, William to Reynolds, Laurence, 1878
CollectionThe Reynolds Letters. An Irish Emigrant Family in Late Victorian Manchester [L.W. McBride]
SenderReynolds, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender Religionunknown
OriginManchester, England
DestinationChicago, Illinois, USA
RecipientReynolds, Laurence
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count476
Genretrade, family
Transcript281 Regent Road

Dear Brother,
I received Willies Letter and I was vary glad to See you ware all well
and also Willie having got on so wale at School. I fait Sorry when I read
your Letter of Bernard's death. I hope God will Spare the rest of your
children to grow up to be men to help and assist you and Maryann.
Dear Brother,
Trade is vary Bad in England at present. It naver was known to be so
Bad before. The Cotton Iron and Building Trades are allmost at a standstill
and public opinion is vary mutch against the working man at present.
Nearley all imployers Say the Men have Brought it on tham selves.
Thay have Shortened the hours of work and coused wages to be
advanced to that pitch that masters could get no profit, and through that
the Trade has left the country and it has gone on the con tin ant and
America. For instanc the[y] can make Iron in Belgium, Send it to England,
and Sell it cheeper than the[y] can in England, the Land of mate I
and mahinery.
Dear Brother,
My Bisness is pretty good at present, all ways is about crismass. I have
gust [just] now opened a new shop in Stratford [Stretford] Road, So now
I have 2 shops and my works. I took the works on a Smalle leese of 3
years and I have put down large Steam Boiler with the Bed. Cost nearley
£100 pounds, than the Steam pipes and differnt other plant all cost
a lot of money. In fact as fast as I could get the money I put it in plant
to compete with other dyers to do the work well and quick. I have a
horse and Van now and the horse mat with a great accidant about 3
weeks Since. The driver had him down and nearley Broke one knee.
For a week the Vet thought he would have to be Shot But now he is getting
better. I had to Buy another poney, So now I have two But will Sell
the Big one when he is Saleable. Dear Brother, you can sec I am not without planty of work to look
alter for thare is allways Some Trouble turning up. And thare is a great
of expensis to be mat gust [met just] now. At present There is between
£12 and 14 pounds to be mat avery week.
Patrick is getting on vary well at the works. Maryann works as hard
as aver And Mother does a lot of house work yet. She will work, will
not be idle. John & wife is getting on vary well in thare Shop. Wishing
you dear Brother Mary Ann and the children A Very happy Crismass
and vary prosperos New Year
I remain
Yours Affactionatley