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Title: 15. From James Prendergast to his children in Boston
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 children
Recipient Gendermale-female
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count492
Genrefamily, neighbours
TranscriptTo Mr Comeilus Riordan
N° 22 Atkinsons
Street Mass

Bleach road Milltown Feby 27th 44

Dear children,
Through this post office I received your
letter directed to my son Michael which letter I
had no knowledge of or that he ever wrote to ye
and indeed he had no occasion to apply in
that kind of way for he is very comfortable at
home. I received that much information by open
ing his letter for he never told me that he
wrote to you. I am glad thro that that ye
all enjoy a good share of health as we do
thanks be to god. Still at the same time
I do not intend to put any hindrance that
ye may send him what ye please tho he
has no need of it. Be assured I frequently
answered your letters and my reason for coming
by his letter thinking it may be directed to
him as it was to Jerry Connor Publican of
this town as ye may think that old age
may have sent us to our graves. Dear
children I received three letters from you one
dated September 15th 1843 one November 14th 43
and the other November 30th of which I answered.
I now beg to inform you that each of your
money letters cost me some trouble except
the order on the Tralee bank I had no trouble
or expense. I hope Dear children that ye have
no blame to me. I always answered each of your
letters and I would be glad to know if ye received any
of them or not that I may know from the general
post office of this kingdom what became of them.
So I expect that on receipt of this letter write
to me as quick as possible. There is one thing I
expect that any more letters written by this Patt
Mahony will not be answered; with his constant
trash about his friend over, for he played a great
trick in advising my son to trouble you contrary to
my knowledge when he had no need. I can
tell you whenever this Mahony wrote for me I paid
very well therefore I am under no compliment to
the poor pedagogue. I can inform you that
John Quart received 6£ from his daughter.
I can also inform you fearing that some
fraud might be practiced regarding those letters
I changed in putting this letter in Milltown post
of office that it may arrive with ye into
the killarny post office. In Futher direct
your letter to your Father and send no
news papers to his Reverence.
I have to inform you that John Thos Eagar died in the north
and Rathpogue is now in the hands of the Godfrey family.
I remain your attached
and loving Father
Juliana Pendergast
and Con Riordan your husband
likwise Jeffry and Thomas
James Prenderg^as^