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Title: 20. From James Prendergast to his son Jeffrey
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, Jeffrey
Recipient Gendermale
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Word Count681
Genrefamily, correspondence, politcs, neighbours
TranscriptMr Cornelius Riordan
No 22 Atkinson Street
Boston Mass

Milltown January the 17th 45

My Dear Jeffeory, I take this favourable opportunity
of addressing you and communicating to you the
Receipt of your last letter of the 1st of January Inst
with your check of £5..os.od stg. which I feel and
your affectionate mother extremely delighted of finding
you your lovely Brother Sister Judy Riordan and Cors Riordan
in as good health as this leaves me[,] your affectionate
mother Brothers and their families at present thank
God. Dear Jeffeory all the letters I have Recd from
you since October last was as follows one on 15th October
the second on the 15th November and the last of the 1st
January Inst. I sent you an answer to all those letters
which I understand you did not Receive a letter which
I sent you dated November the 6th and posted in milltown.
And about your ages which you mentioned to me to send
you it was mentioned in the last letter of the 6th Novr.
Dreading you might not get the letter your ages are as
follows Jeffeorys age 27 years the 7th of May last and Thomas
25 years the 29th of May last. I and your mother were most
anxious to know your reason for your ages. Let us know in
your next. Dear Jeffeory we were highly surprised that
you did not mention in your last letters any thing Respecting
Cors Riordan or Judy. What are they doing or
is Cors Riordan at Home at present. Daniel Riordan
is well in health and in the same situation still
in the Victoria Hotel Killarney. Dear Jeffeory the check
which you sent me was not payable until thirty days after
date. I being so uneasy in writing to ye immediately that
I was not paid as yet. I will send you a correct account
about the payment of the check in my next letter.
Now Dear Jeffeory if you recd the letter of the 6th November
observe whether on the outside of it was mentioned ship
tetter which Palmer wrote on the outside. Let me know
in your next if you got same. Dear Jeffeory ye seemingly
are uneasy about writing to ye oftener. I and your loving
mother are doubly uneasy in your negligence. Behold it
is not for wish of money because it would be a happy day
for ye we were in our long Home, but solely for love
for your persons. My Dear children I expect your answer
to this letter as soon as possible. Dear Jeffeory about the
Repeal. I cannot say much about it. We are mute at
present until the next sitting. We are much grieved
about a Bill which the Tories intend bringing into the House
the Bequest Bill which we Trust they will be defeated.
They intend pentioning off our clergymen which if that
takes place will precisely put an end to Repeal. I
have no more to say at present but wishing you
your Brother Thomas Cors Riordan and Judy Riordan every blessing
together with wishing you all a happy newyear with your
affectionate mother Brothers and their families who join
with me in love and friendship to you all. [...]
Remain your affectionate Father until Death.
James Prendergst
James FitzGerald begs of you Jeffeorey to have an eye after his
Margaret who lately went to mention in your letter about her how she
getting through life as she depends on you particularly.
From Patk D Mahoney. Dear Sir I am extremely thankful
to ye in the trouble you have taken in the information of
my Brother Cornelius. I am as well pleased as if he were at
Home hearing he is alive. There is one Daniel Morley
carpenter in St John N.B which my cousin Part Moynihan
knows where he lives. He might have seen him lately if Part
Moynihan wrote to Morley. I beg of him to write to St John.
I remain yours truly &c. Patk D Mahoney