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Title: 37. 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 Count689
Genrefamily, payments
TranscriptMr Thomas Prendergast
N°16 Pearlplace
State of Massachusetts
N. America



Milltown 18th June 1848

My dear Children
I receivd your letter of the 30th of May last containing a check
for seven Pounds. It was a timely relief and tho I wanted
it I assure ^you^ I felt more on your account than I did on my
own account. I feared that some mishap had befallen
ye as I heard not from ye for a long time. I was in debt
one pound nineteen shillings which I borrowed time
after time, since what you sent me was spent. I
was in a very bad state of health and I feared I would
have died before your relief would reach me and that
I would be a burthen on the parish for my funeral necessary
but, thank God, I [...] received a new life when I
received your letter and not so much on account of
the order, as on account of the account it contains
that ye are all well. It is always said that he
who has tenderful and careful children is happy. In
that case I am really so, for my sons and daughter
are so and I will say that I have two of the best
children in the world, while I have
Julia and Con. My dear children ye can be
neither jealous nor displeased when I say
that I am more thankful to him than to my[...]
own. At the same time I have cause to thank
you all. Mr Quill Manager of the National Bank
cashed the Bill for your Mother on yesterday. She
is so well that she left this place yesterday morning
and arrived here in the Evening with the amount of her
order. James Maurice was here. She gave ^hi^ the
three Pounds which ye ordered to carry to his father. Also
the letter which ye sent ^(to his father)^ arrived here early
in the evening and he carried it. His father said before this that he
wrote to ye consenting and praying that ye would take
out the boy. James himself said so on yesterday. It
is the only wish of the Boy. Ye need ^not^ delay to
send for him as ^soon^ ye receive this for I assure ^ye^ it is
the wish of all his family both father and Mother
as well as himself His father will write
directly and I am sure ye will have his
letter, unless it miscarry, sooner than mine. If
he were over once He ought to help his own
family and free ye from a part of your cares
here on this side. He desires to remember him to his
aunt Julia and uncle Con and adds that every one
of his family have the same wish as, in gratitude
and every other respect as they are more indebted
to Con than to their own blood relatives for his kind
=ness. James says if he were with ye he would
try to shew ye that he knows what he and his
family owe ye for your kindness and good natures. Michls Wife
and children are well, and so are his fatherinlaw
and Motherinlaw. They are really attentive to children. His Wife
is as attentive to us as our daughter could be. They
are doing well and would be glad to hear daily
if possible from him. Tell Michl that he ought
not forget Michl Ginnaw for 18 shillings which
was due to him when Mich1 left here. He knows
that I am bound for it and that only Michl Ginna
is so indulgent he should have been paid
long since, but he should not be forgotten
on that account. Your Mother and I may say,
every individual of our family both maurice
and Michls join with me in sending a sincere
blessing to every one of their beloved family {the
young and old) praying that the eldest
members may live long and the youngest
to be as old. I will on say I am
your Father
James Prendergast