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Title: 10. From James Prendergast to his son Thomas
CollectionThe Prendergast Letters. Correspondence from Famine-era Ireland (1840-50) [S. Barber]
SenderPrendergast, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMilltown, Co. Kerry, Ireland
DestinationBoston, Mass., USA
RecipientPrendergast, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count733
Genrefamily, neighbours
TranscriptMr Cornelius Riordan
No 22 Atkinson Street
Boston Mass

a ship letter

Milltown June the 12th 1843

My Dear Thomas, I have received your welcome and
Joyful letter of the 15th of May last with your draft for
£6..os..o sterling and gave both I and your affectionate mother the most Joyful pleasure of finding you all
in as perfect health as this leaves us all at present
thanks be to the divine redeemer. Your Brothers and
Families are all well in health. Your affectionate Brother
Maurice is still at Glenflesk. He has no employment as
yet. He has stopped convenient to his garden this
year as having no employment at present. Daniel
Riordan is in the same place and Situation still and
is in very good health. My Dear Thomas I had received
a newspaper from you some time before the receipt of your
letter. Whether you post paid for it I am anxious to know
as I was charged 2d for same. My Dear children I have
to communicate to you the state of uneasiness we were in
this time past when we discovered ye did not receive any
of the four letters I had written to you this time Back until
the last which I posted in Killarney office. Dear Thomas
(Turn over)
there must be some fraud in our home post. I strongly
suspect it is for the lucre of the shilling they delay the
letters in the post I have strongly on my mind to believe.
But in your letters there is no fraud I alway receive therefore
direct them as usual to milltown post for me. I will for the
future post my letters either in Killarney or Tralee as I have
experienced you dont get mine. Let me know whether John
Healy of Killarney wrote to Cornelius since as I gave him the
Directions the last time I was in Killarney according to your
directions. Dear Thomas let me know in your next letter
whether you all are for coming ^home^ or no as you mentioned in
Mary Donoghue's letter therefore your affectionate mother is
anxious to know. Mr Francis Spring and family are all
in prime good health. The day before we received a letter from
you Mr Spring recd a letter from America from his own family
there. Dear Thomas we were so uneasy that at the time of Towhy's daughter going to America (Mrs McCarthy) your mother followed her to
Killarney with a letter to you by hand being so dispaired you would
not get any. Let me know in your next letter whether you got same.
Dear Thomas this summer is very indifferent wet all through, but
thank God very cheap times. The Best of Black mingins at 1s/6d per Peck
Pork at 31/2 per lb. My Dear children we have some nice hams of old
sound Bacon waiting your arrival home together with a good
Fat pig which will be fit for sticking after your arrival here.
Let us know in your next letter when do ye intend coming home.
Let me know is it any difference yourselves and Mrs McKenna had
wherein you dont mention her in your letter at any time as her father
is always inquiring of us and the Father is surprised the son
does not send him any assistance. The Repeal is making
the greatest progress in this country. Some of our Magistrates has
been superseded for attending the meetings. Some of them are
Resigning of their own accord sooner than give up the Repeal.
No more at present from your affectionate Father mother and
Brothers who join with ^us in^ love and friendship for Cors Riordan
Mrs Julia Riordan Jeffeory and Thomas Prendergast
James Prendergast
From your humble friend

Patrick D. Mahony and feel thankful and extremely obliged to you in
the kind exertions you have taken with respect to my Brother's
I shall for ever feel thankful after your advertisement should you
Discover any inteligence to write us a letter speedily. Also I will feel obliged to you by giving my best love to My cousin Patk Moynihan Tailor and family and let him know that I am well in health thank God. I am yours Truly Park D Mahony
I send one newspaper
the Kerry Evening Post
Inform me whether ye
got same.