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Title: 44. From Elizabeth Prendergast to her daughter Julia and to her son Thomas
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, Julia & Thomas
Recipient Gendermale-female
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count703
Genreemigration, family
TranscriptMr Cornelius Riordan
72 Southstreet Boston
State of Massachusetts
N. America

Milltown 23rd Feby 1850

My dear Julia
Your Letter of the 5th Instant arrived here on
the 20th and I need not say that I ^could^ have no greater
pleasure than to hear that my Children are well and happy,
and I would feel equally happy to go and spend the rest of my
life with them whatever may be the danger or fatigue of
the Voyage But I have one reason for not attempting it and
I think you will deem me just. You know according
to the course of nature I cannot live long, and as I began
the world, when young, with your Father, I think I would act
unfairly If I did not wish to be buried with him. I have
no greater wish than enjoy a portion of the same grave. So my
dear child, I am fully determined to remain until that period
which of course cannot be very distant. I cannot complain
as I have good Children who never see me want, and I
will be careful of what they send me. I received the parcel
you sent from Father Batt with two snuffboxes and snuff and
I return you thanks for what you sent. I am sure I have
plenty of clothes during the rest of my life and I know I will
not want subsistence. Give my love to Con, to your Brothers
their Wives and Children and not forgetting James Maurice.
I will say no more than to send ye all
my blessing, praying that God may protect and preserve ye, and I remain
affectionately, your Mother
Elizabeth Prendergast

To Thomas
My Dear Thomas
You see by my letter to Julia that your letter
of the 5th reached me. I return ye all thanks for the
kindness ye shew me and I trust I shall never forget
what ye do for me. I went to Father Batt and shewed
him your Letter. His reply was that he would give
me double the sum if you desired it. At the same
time when I told him my reason for not attempting
the voyage, He agreed with me in opinion. I am
sure I will never leave this place until I shall be
buried with your Father. I am sure I will get the
am1 of the check when it becomes payable. I will
be careful how to dispose of it. I have a parcel
of small socks to send the Children. I went to
Killorglin to see John Daly's daughter. She and
her family are well and her father said she would
not [...] this season. One of his neighbors told me
[...]s unlikely she would go at all as her parents
[...] provide for her at home. Father Batt told
[...] that Jeffry had a young son. I was
[...]h surprized that neither of ye mentioned
[...]ous letter. Send me every account about it.
[...] am very sorry to have to tell you that poor
Maurice was very unlucky with regard to the ch[...]
he recd from his son. The 3rd night after being paid
the amt some person came at night and took the Box
which contained £4 away. The Box was found broken
near the lake on the following morning. He suspects
a Boy of John Lynch's, John David Sullivan. James
knows him. He is a bad character. It left him bare
and poorly situated. Tell James Maurice he had every right
to enquire for his uncle Darby. His father and Grandmother were
so much ashamed that they would not shew his letter to his
uncle. I send ye all my blessing and remain affectionately
your Mother
Elizabeth Prendergast
P.S Tell Michl that his Wife and Children are well, and that his Wife is
surprized he does not write. I am ashamed myself to see him so careless.
He did not even enquire for them in several letters that came here. What he sent would not support and clothe them, besides keeping th[...]ool, and that she does regularly.
The death of her Mother is a great [...]