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Title: 29. 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 Count539
Genrefamily, economy, emigration
TranscriptMr Cornelius Rirodan 16 Pearlplace
State of Massachusetts
N. America


Milltown 21st April 1847

My dear Children
With perfect gratitude and paternal affection I acknowledge
the receipt of your favour of the 30th of March last. I must
say that your filial care has placed your aged parents beyond
the reach of distress for the ensuing summer notwithstanding
the extreme dearness of every article of food. It is needless to
say any thing about the markets. They are nearly the same as
heretofore, however any change that is seems to be for the better
[...] distress prevails here in consequence of disease
[...]reasing in this locality, insomuch that
[...] people are falling without dis[...]
[...]poor, fever and dysentery are
[...]our and it is thought that a
[...] throughout this country the
[...]a that a person formerly
[...]form. But blessed
[...] reason to be thank
[...] that she was [...]is evening. It is the
first time for the last nine weeks. I hope she will get on rapidly.
I would have written before I received yours but waiting to
be able to send an account how her illness would terminate.
Your Brother Mich1 left this place easter monday to sail for
America. He thought to stop until he could have certain account
to carry, but we pressed him to go, as we knew that if he
remained, what he had would be spent and he should
remain the rest of his days .in misery.. I gave her the ten shillings […]
ordered for Michl ^to his Wife^ and to do her justice, she was as
attentive to your Mother during her illness as any daugh
=ter could be. Maurice and his family are well. He is
daily getting better. I gave him the three Pounds. It was a
relief he did not expect. It raised ^him^ fr[...] if
blessings be of any value his [...]
them forth for ye hourly [...]
I are thankful. We co[...]
ye all, for the ampl[...]
I am sure we can [...]
now as well [...]
Joanna Huriy [...]
a noble ch[...]
us. Give [...]
children. In your next let us know if Michl reached Boston
and how he fared during his passage. I need say nothing to
you about John's death. Michl can tell you every thing.
I went to his Wife and asked if she would suffer her
child to go to America. She said she would let her come to myself but would be unfond to let her go to America, however
that she would consider for some. I released some frocks of hers that
were pawned and I intend bringing her. She is a fine child and
much like her father in her way. I must always have an eye to
her. She is the only one now living that was called after your
Mother Elizabeth. Let Michl know that Mchl his Wife and
Children all well. Write to us at all times and tell
[...] how ye are. Your letters without are welcome [...]
[...]aden. To hear from ye is our life and joy.
[...]ith me to ^give^ ye all our love and
[...] affectionately
your father
[...]es Prendergast