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Title: 12. 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 Count643
Genredecease, family, local economy
TranscriptMr Cornelius Riordan
No 22 Atkinson Street
Mass Boston

a private ship letter

Milltown October the 13th 43

My Dear Thomas, I had received your letter of the
15th September last with your check of £5..os..od
stg. which gave us all the greatest pleasure of
finding you all in as perfect state of health
as this leaves me your affectionate mother Brothers
and their families at present thanks be to providence.
Dear Thomas I have to communicate to you that your
Brother Maurice had told me that David Murphy
of Killarney shopkeeper was telling him that he received
a letter from Cors Riordan from America and asked him
whether he had any thing to communicate to ye as
he was to write him an answer in a few days.
Your Brother Michael had Burried two children
namely Mary and James as ye were particular to know.
The eldest daughter lives namely Judy and a second
James. He has aged about twelve months a fine promising
Boy. Dear Jeffeory Miss Avice Spring begs of you to speak
to Catharine Spring otherwise Mrs Spring and that privately
she expects to hear from her so far as something
Turn over
of her kindness towards her aunt as being so far
from her. Therefore she begged of me to let you
know the same as she would depend on you beyond any as you would be the only person to send any thing had. Do not forget mentioning in your next letter to me the answer you are made by Mrs Catharine Spring.
Dear Thomas please to inform Mrs McKenna that the money
sent home by Judy Sullivan Quart to her Father that the
mother got none of it therefore she expects you will speak
to Mrs Gnaw to advise the little girl in the next remittance
not to forget herself as she was surprised at the daughter
that she did not send her something according to promises.
Daniel Riordan is well in health and in the same situation
still in Killarney Hotel. Dear Thomas I hope you will not
trouble yourself futurely to the Revd Batt OConnor as he seemed
displeased at paying the postage. He paid os/6d for the two papers.
Therefore dont trouble yourself in sending any papers to him.
Also Direct your letters futurely to myself as usual. I
expect you will send me a paper now and then as I will
not be displeased at paying the postage and write to me
as soon as possible. Turn over
Dear Thomas I mean informing you of the state of the
country. The rates are very indifferent that our country
Farmers are in a bad state through the depression of
prices. Even the most influential and wealthy Farmers
m your time in this country are very badly situated.
Trades of every description low nothing doing. The only thing
amongst us is agitation for the Repeal of the Union.
We are all Repealers in this country unless an
odd slow as on the top of a tree in the month
of December (ie) a few rotten members of poor
Palestines and bigotted ones. Cors Prendergast pensioner is
Dead and burned since Sunday last the 8th Inst. No more
at present from your affectionate Father mother and Brothers
who join with us in love and friendship for Cors Riordan
Judy Riordan Jeffeory and Thomas Prendergast until death.
James Prendergast
From Patrick Mahoney
Dear Sir, I cannot convey words sufficient to
denote the obligation I am under to you in the extreme trouble you had
taken with respect to my Brother but this alone that I wish you all and
every day's prosperity and long life. I must give him over as dead. Please
to remember me to my cousin Patk Moynihan. I am yours Truly Patk