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Title: 41. From Elizabeth Prendergast to her children in Boston
CollectionThe Prendergast Letters. Correspondence from Famine-era Ireland (1840-50) [S. Barber]
SenderPrendergast, Elizabeth
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMilltown, Co. Kerry, Ireland
DestinationBoston, Mass., USA
RecipientPrendergast children
Recipient Gendermale-female
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count506
Genredecease, family
TranscriptMr Thomas Prendergast
No. 16 pearplace
State of Massachusetts
N. America
My Mother

Milltown 24th Decr 1848

My dear Children
This is the first letter I ever addressed
ye. I am sorry to be the only person
now able to address ye but the will
of God must done. We ought to be
obedient ^to^ his orders at all times. My
dear Children consider that all powers
must submit to God, and without his
blessing nothing can prosper. We must bear
our portion of Adversity, as well as we
enjoy our comforts, blessed be God. I have
my own share of troubles tho I had
a good deal of comfort hitherto. The sole
cause of my trouble is the painful duty
of announcing to ye the death of your father.
He died on the evening of Monday the 18th
Instant. Tho he had a long sickness It was
not painful. Nature only wasted gradually.
I was as well able to attend him as when
at the age 20. He wanted no care. His daughterinlaw
Michael's Wife nursed ^him^ as
carefully as any daughter could. Her own
father could expect no more. I had not
a single shilling to bury him but Nelly
said she had plenty and that she would
see ^him^ as respectably interred as if her Husband
were at home, and she fulfilled her Word.
He was interred in Keel alongside his son
John. Not a farmer in the parishes here
was attended to the grave with greater
respect, nor with greater decency than his
daughterinlaw sent him to his long home.
Ye should never forget her attention to
him nor will I during my life. She and her
children are well. The children are well tho
after a long fit of illness. Your Aunt Norry
and her daughter Mrs Webb were here a few
days before his death and came secondly the
Evening before his death. They asked me to go out
with them, but your father desired I would
keep my own little house during my life and
I intend doing as he desired me. Maurice attended
him regularly. He was here on the 15th (Milltown
fair day) when your father sent ye a letter with
his blessing which I am sorry to say he truly
to be his last. I now send every one of ye
[...] he did my blessing. I suppose tho I
am strong yet I cannot hold long. Time wears
every thing. I know I need not state that
I am now dependant on ye. I know ye will [not]
neglect repaying Nelly for what she laid
out for your father's funeral. She deserves every attention.
Maurice desires to be remembered to ye. Poor fellow is in
grief. He begs of me to request
that ye will keep Julia ignorant of her
father's death as long as possible. I am
My dear Children affectionately your
Mother Elizabeth Prendgast
Your Aunt Norry and family live at Feanit.