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Title: 35. From Maurice Prendergast to his siblings in Boston
CollectionThe Prendergast Letters. Correspondence from Famine-era Ireland (1840-50) [S. Barber]
SenderPrendergast Maurice
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer, livestock farmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDromin, Co. Louth, Ireland
DestinationBoston, Mass., USA
RecipientPrendergast children
Recipient Gendermale-female
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count766
Genrefamily, illness, neighbours
TranscriptMr Cornelius Riordan
N°16 Pearl Place
Boston State of
N° America


Dromin December 26th 1847

My Dear brothers an sister I take the opportunity
of writing you these few lines hoping to find
you all and yours in as good health as this
at present leavs me and family Father an
Mother an my Brother Michaels family. My
Dear brothers I nead not say any more about
them as I know he is going to write himself on this
Day. My Dear Con I was at no loss in finding it to
be my Duty to return you thanks for what
you have Done for me that I can never forget
but I left it to my father as he told me he would
have done so. This is large an great kind and affecti
onate moreso than I can mention at present. My
Dear Con the last Three pounds was a total
means of recovering me an my family. I assure
you it gave my poor Father a chearful counten
ance when handing it over to me. I might commin^ce^
with year ^year^ joint kindness before an after. My
Dear brothers I should have sold my cow on the
26th of April last. Fortunate to me that ye were
the purchaser before the sale Day came an tha^t^
left me an my family not want for Drink
when the Day came round that Mrs Lynch
was kind enough to milk her an send it to the
Door to us. I dare say you are aware from the
export from that country you are in what Irela^nd^
must be. These times would become a green colour
to me were it not for year kindness
to me. It have been more like children
than brothers or sister. My Dear Thomas I would
be curius to let me know how Con and Judy look
in personal appearance whether the change of
Climate has made any change in them for better
or worce also Jeffery and you. Also let me know
how Michaels health is. It was not a bit to
good before he left. You will not have any
objection in leting us know if your son James
is a stout fellow as I should hope he is an who
he is like. I should hope for Jefferys addition to
the family at the answering of this or thereabo^ut^
The reason I ask those silly Favours of you as
I suppose you will be set to work when
answering this as being the minor as Poor
John youst call you. I asure you I dont
forget him. The thought of him often givs
me a lonely feel. I hope you all pray for
him. My Dear brothers ^and sister^ you cannot think
how strong my Father an Mother are after
the long fight the made an the heavy fit
of illness. The may thank god an ye for
that recovery. Ye talked of taking James
out but it is so hard for me to expected
it from all you have done for me up to this Day.
I might say that ye have been my
chief support for the last nine months. I
asure ye their is not a time we bend a knee
but [we] pray for ye. I hope the lord will
hear us an grant. Should any plan be adopte^d^
it would be a matter of great importance
to me to take James out as I see no prospec^t^
of his being able to do any good here. I am not
employed mself since the begining of my
Illness that comminced with me about
the 15th of January last though I am in as
perfect health an as active as ever I was than^ks^
be to god. I nead not tell you were the time^s^
better that I would not walk about were
the times better though I had spent seven
months on the flat of my back. Should
James get out it might be means of geting
myself out later or earlier. Daniel Riordan
is in good health. You cannot think how we^ll^
he looks. I forgot to tell you that Jeffery
was the only person that escaped Faver.
Every individual in the house were Down together
but him. I hope you will write me a long letter.
Direct it to my Father. I will say no more at
present. My family joins me to send you all our
blessings. Remember me to the entire Family.
I remain your affectionate
Brother Maurice Prendergast