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Title: Cook & Cook, Solicitors, Iowa, to J.Peel, Armagh.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCook & Cook/27
SenderCook & Cook
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsolicitors
Sender Religionunknown
OriginIowa, USA
DestinationCo. Armagh, N.Ireland
RecipientPeel, Joshua
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD889/7/1: Deposited by Messrs Joshua Peel and Son, Solicitors, Armagh.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N.Ireland.
Doc. No.106266
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 18:06:01.
Word Count709
TranscriptJ.E. COOK ROY A. COOK
Attorneys-at-Law Independence, Iowa, Oct. 27, 1905.

Joshua E. Peel & Son,

Armagh, Ireland.

A little over three years ago you placed in
our hands for adjustment three lots and a house supposed
to be owned by Catherine Brannagan and Rose Hegerty.
When the property was first placed in our hands we
thought it was of considerable value, but after
investigating the matter we found that we were mistaken.
The property is situated near what is called in our
town, Hell's Forty, that means that it is in the poorest
part of town and that the people are not as law abiding
as they are in other parts of the place.
There was a family in it at the time and they
had been in it for some time, but they were poor and we
used our best ingenuity to get some rent out of them and
failed to get a cent. They finally moved out. The
property was badly run down, the window lights and doors
were broken out, and when we come to have the property
appraised on the petition which we sent you in July,
1902, it was only appraised at $200.00. We thought that
this was too low, but we tried to sell it ever since and
never have been able to get that offer until recently
when we sold it for the appraised value.
This suit that was brought, as you will
remember from the petition that was sent you, was against
unknown heirs, and in order to comply with our law, the
notice, which was published in the paper, was necessarily
a long one and was published for six weeks at cosiderabl
[considerable?] expense, this being the only way in
which a saleable title could possibly be obtained.
The estate of Arthur Woods never had been
fully administered upon. The Catholic Priest who lived
here at the time of Mr. Woods' death, was named as
executor in the Will. Unfortunately he was a man who was
esteemed very highly, but who became so addicted to drink
that he left no means, whatever, and left the parish here
and removed to a distant part of the state.
The costs in the estate were never paid and
the legacies under the Will were never paid, and the
matter was left in about as disconsolate a condition as
can well be imagined.
We have paid out for court costs in the matter
$72.75; we paid out for an abstract of title to the
premises $17.00; there was an uncancelled mortgage
against the property for $250.00 which we had to have
canceled [cancelled?] by court proceedings and which cost
$35.20; we paid out for insurance on the premises $2.50;
we paid out for taxes on the premises $6.76; we paid the
Referee for his services $5.00; we paid for an
administrator to have the estate of Arthur Woods finally
closed up and our services as Attorney $25.00; This
leaves $60.79 out of the $200.00. Out of this will have
to come $25.00, one third of which will be sent to you
for your services and the remainder will be retained for
our services, and we send you receipts which we would
like to have signed by Catherine Brannagan and Rose
Hegerty and returned to us and on receipt of the same we
will send draft for $17.89 for each of them and $8.33 for
We have thought ever since we had it appraised
that we never would be able to get the costs out of it
but finally succeeded in doing so. We regret very much
that we were not able to realize more, but we have spent
s [a?] great deal of time on it and it is the very best
that could be done because the property was in such a
poor neighborhood [neighbourhood?] and in such a
dilapidated condition.
It is not necessary that we should have
Catherine Brannagan's receipt as we appeared for her as
her attorneys and our receipt would be accepted for her,
but we would like to have Rose Hegerty's receipt and
that will enable us to close the matter up entirely.
We enclose you blank receipts for them to sign
and after signed to be returned to us.
Yours very truly,
Cook & Cook
Dict. JEC. successors to Cook & Leach