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Title: Reynolds, William to Reynolds, James William, 1898
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, James William
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipbrother / uncle-nephew
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Word Count598
Genreillness/ family, weather, business
Transcript3 Clarence Road
Jan 1 /98

Dear Laurence,
I received James's Letter this morning and Maryann and myself were
glad to hear that you whare recovering from your long illness. We were
very uneasy till we got the letter. James did not Say in his letter what
you complained of. It must have been a very trying illness w hitch
brought you down so much as Maryann told me you were very Strong
when she left Chicago. And we hope and trust in God in your next letter
we will hear of your quite recovery. Dear James, We were glad to hear that you were working and have a prospect of a good post in time. You did not mention anything of your Mother or the remainder of the family. We hope thay are all ingoying good health. We received a letter this morning from Mr Tom Reynolds Doughter (She is in a convent home on the Hudson)
informing us that she had taken the vows of the order of St Vincent.
She is a full nun and quite happy. We hear very often from Uncle
Johns family as Frank Send us two papers every Week. And thay are
all in good health at present. Hughie and his Sister and Brothers are
getting good health and doing very well, have 2 Shops Now, have
taken Johns other shop in Brook St. John has retired again but Still
not Satisfied, he is like a Duck out of water. I suppose he will have
another try soon again. We were pleased to hear that P J Reynolds
was getting on well Kindley remember Maryann to Father Reynolds
the first time you See him. Maryann is getting pretty good health. She
has got through the winter So far very nicely. The winter has been
very mild, no frost or snow yet. I have got good health. During 1897
I have had no illness. I have been very moderate in my drinks and I
have given up Basss ale alltogather, it was to[o] strong. I had my holiday
in the Isle of Man and Ireland. You know McCardell, him and I
went togather. We went first to Douglas for a few days and Sailed
from thare to Belfast and went on to Ballameney. It is a nice country.
Stayed two days thare, drove all round. Thare is no poor people, all
comfortable. It is the Linan Centre. Came on to Portrush and the
Giants Causway and than returned to Belfast, went on to Dublin and
returned to the Isle of Man. McCardell is very nice to travvall with.
One half a glass of wine in two days effected his head. The trip
improved my health very much.
You will be Supprised to hear that I have commenced in the Laundry
business about 9 months ago. I have Sunk about £400 in machinery.
One machine cost £200. The goods are brought from the Hydro and
dried and finished as fast as thay are put through. I have all the same
workpeople I had when you were here. I get all the washing from the
Albion Hotel whitch comes to about £20 per month and I do the washing
for the Wellington Hotel also. I think it will be a good thing in time but wiil want more machinery and more hands. I will Send you more
perticulars in my letter. Maryann joins me in wishing your Father and
your Mother yourself and all the family a Very Happy and prosperous
New Year.

I remain
your effectionate uncle
William Reynolds
write Soon