Kilkelly Ireland Letter, Arluar Feb 28th 1874

My dear Sons

I write you a few lines hoping that they may find you and families in perfect health as we are here in at present I thank God. I recd your letter in due time Glad also of hearing ye being enjoying good health. I hope you will excuse me for not writing sooner we thought we would have a vast deal of news to send you, we are living quite comfortable as we were, evermore Father is as youthful looking and as jovial as he was ten years ago, he says he would like to live in America convenient to where the tea grows, he is very fond of tea. I mean to inform you that my neighbours Daughter, James is married, they have an increase of a Daughter, called Elizabeth. All whom you enquired for are enjoying good health, Thomas wife and family, Michael Phillips wife and family.

Patt O' Donnell and Catherine James and wife, they all wish to be remembered to ye all in like manner we were a long time expecting a letter from ye, we would wish to get an account from ye often, particularly the old man does be very much uneasy about ye Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. O'Donnell and Father desires to be remembered to your Mrs. Meara and also Michael's Mrs. in the Kindest manner.

We had a very fine winter, but the Spring Set in very Stormy. I hope you wont be so long for the future without waiting write soon and let us know the state Country and yours healths also and when you will write send me a few lines of Meaggies writing until I see is she a good writer.

Dominick Hunt

Dear Sons, at all events I will be expecting another letter from you coming on St. Johns, with the assistance of the Almighty God, if I live so long. Since Mother died, I feel very much troubled in my mind and many thing occurs to me when I be alone in the house, thinking of you being far from home and not knowing how you are getting along. Mrs. Stanford is enjoying good health and desires to be remembered to you all in the kindest manner. Her son now lives with his grandfather in Athlone and she says she will leave the other two to the friends and go out to ye again. She says she will go before 12 months. If you know anything about James Grennare, you will let his mother know where he lives in your next letter. She is very much unease about him.

I have nothing else to mention except that uncles Hunt and their families are enjoying good health and all enquiring friends and neighbours also. I have nothing more worth your notice to mention this time. But I will send you a long letter the next time, excuse my writing, I don't practice writing much Dominick Hunt. I have nothing of any importance to communicate to you, but we will join in sending you all our kind love and best respects.

Goodbye for the present

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