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Title: Reynolds, William to Reynolds, Laurence, 1890
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
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count689
Genrefamily, travelling, politics,
Transcript295 Stretford Road
Sept 16th 1890
Dear Brother,
I received your Letter in due time and mother and all ware glad to
hear that you and Mary Ann and all the family ware in good health and also glad to hear your Sons ware getting on So well. Mother and all of
us are quite well at present. Mother is getting vary nice health. She is
now in her 81th year. We ware glad to See you got acquainted with
Sutch respectable name Sakes, Father Reynolds coming to live in the
same parish. I believe I knew his Brother vary well by Sight. He was a
good looking young man. I hope he will get on well in Chicago in the
business he was about to commence in. Kindly remember me and all
the family to Father Reynolds and all our name Sakes. Thay will be all
Sorry to hear of Uncle Micheals Death. When Patrick died he Sent a
Letter expressing great Sorrow and Sympathy with us in loosing
Patrick. He died in about two months after Patrick He was a line old
man and I hope his Soul is happy.
Dear Brother, I would have answered your Letter before but Mary
Ann went to Ireland for a month for the good of her health and She
returned vary mutch improved. She went to Bray Co Wicklow. It is a
vary nice Sea Side place, it is called the Brighton of Ireland. Soon after
She arrived home I went for my holiday. I had 3 weeks in Ireland. I
stayed at Bray but I went to Kallarney to See the Lakes for a few Days.
I liked Kallarney vary mutch. The Lakes are beautifull. The travvalling
in Ireland is not so plesent. The trains go rather Slow and thare is vary
little convenance for travvellers. I am sure the Americans comming to
Kallarney will find a change. I was speaking to one myself. The Climate
is so mutch different to America. This year has been vary wat up to this
month September. The wheather is now beautifull. The air is is vary
pure in Ireland and the Scenery beautifull.
The Country is at a Stand Still. All the governments in the past have
done all thay possiable Could to stop the Country from been devaloped
and done all in thair power to ruin the Country, but once Ireland gets
Home Rule the Country will advance rapid ley in Trade and everything.
The Country Seems as if it was waiting as it ware to be allowed to
advance. Thare is everything in the Country to be happy and prosperous
if the people ware only allowed to develop it tham selves.
I am getting on vary well in my business. I have worked hard and
Steady and So has Maryann but we have to thank God for how he has
prospered us. John & Bridget are getting on well and in good health. We had a Cousin from Ireland who called to See us, Marian OToole.
But She is now married and her married name is McManus. She is the
Matron at the Workhouse in Carrick on Shannon. Her Husband is the
School Master at the same place. She has one Sister in Manchester married
to a young man named Masterson. He is in the Egg & Butter line.
His Father is well of[f] at home at Annaduff. He buys the Eggs and Sends
tham over to his Son to Sell in Manchester. Thay are doing Vary well.
We had a great Day last Sunday week. Thay Stayed all the Day with us.
I had two horses & Traps out in the afternoon and we had a plesent Day.
And during the week I showed tham my property and went through the
works. Thay ware vary pleased with all and thay Ware Supprised to See
So Mutch Machinery.
I will write you another Letter as Soon as I get a little time and Send
you more perticulers. All goin in Sending thair love and best wishes to
you Maryann and all the Children.
I remain
your Effectionate Brother