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Title: Reynolds, Mary Ann to Reynolds, Laurence, 1886
CollectionThe Reynolds Letters. An Irish Emigrant Family in Late Victorian Manchester [L.W. McBride]
SenderReynolds, Mary Ann
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationlinen worker
Sender Religionunknown
OriginManchester, England
DestinationChicago, Illinois, USA
RecipientReynolds, Laurence
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
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Word Count656
Genrecorrespondence, illness, family, weather
Transcript295 Stretford Road
Sept 8/86

Dear Brother & Sister and children,
We Received youre Letter Last week and it gave us very great
pleashure to hear you ware all well and doing So well. We Received all
the Letters you Sent and papers. You had great meetings in chicago.
I hope the[y] will do Som good for poor Old Ireland for it is in a very
poor State at pre sant, never was much worse.
Dear Brother, You ware Surprised that we did not answer your Letters.
We thought it better not. The other last letters gave Mary Ann So
Much trouble. The[y] ware all wrote at Mothers dictation and the[y]
ware not Sent to cause any trouble. Mother thought She was giving a
good advice. We always have taken her advice and we hav not gon very rong.
Dear brother, I will tell you about Mother. She has been very ill for
the Last 16 monthes. She has not beent to Mass onley about 3 times.
Severel times we thought She would die, She was so bad. She keeps very
poorley yet. She will never get strong again. I think the doctor Says it
is the weasting of her Sistom [wasting of her system].
William & Patrick ar going on very well. William is Enlarging his
buisness very Much. He has taken a lot of ground that goins his works
and Let it into it, So it is the Largest about Manchester. He Spent a lot
of Money to fit it up. Trade has been very Slack hear for a very long
time. Manchester was near ley all to let or to be Sold, trade was so bad,
thousants out of employment. We could not complane, we Kept prety
busy all along.
John is doing very well. I think I told you he bought a little property.
He was very looky [lucky]. He had all his houses taken but he is thinking
to sell his buisness in about an other 12 monthes and the[y] will have
a rest for a while. He may go to Ireland, Somplace neare the Sayside. I
was in Ireland for my holidays about a month agoe. I went to the Same place, bray, but John went to corrick. You will be Surprised when I tell
you of unkle Williams death Last Spring. He was no time Sick. The
winter was so Severe he god cold and could not get over it. He had a
grand funeral. John stoped for about 10 days with them. The[y] ar very
lonley. All the old stock is dieing out. When you write to unkle John
tell him about unkles death.
Dear Brother, When you send the next Letter tell us about unkle
and his family or has John got married. We like to know how the[y] all
are. We have dreadful newse from America about the earthquake in
Charless town. It was awful to read it. It is much safer to be living in
England. We have a lot of rain in this country. We had not S weeks of
hot weather this sason, all rain and cold. We thought their would be no
harvest but we had about 10 hot days and it was very not while it lasted.
We thought we wair going to have the American weather. We wair
nearley rested but it did not last long. It is much colder now.
Dear Brother, I think I have nothing more to tell you. Wishing you
and Mary Ann every prosperity in your new shop. And I am shure I have
no need to speak about James William. He is very enterprising for his
age. He will say their is nothing like a little bit of buisness after all. I hope Mary Ann will not forget Mother in he[r] prayrs. We all Send our
love to you Mary Ann and the children.
Youre affectionate Sister
Mary Ann
and Mother and Brothers