Kilkelly Ireland Song, Arluar Oct 10th 1858
My Dear and Loving Son
Received your long wished for letter on the 8th. Thos. and I am very much delighted at hearing from you and I was almost certain that something must be wrong this long time past with and now we are fully convinced of your being quite well as we are at home thanks be to God.
I am desirous now that you would not leave the place that you are at present whereas that you have employment and have probably formed an acquaintance with your neighbours I may call them.
I hope that you will let me know in your next letter what sort of work you are employed in, am happy to state to you that all the family with me are quite well and you may know that Mathis is well as you saw him ten years past, I am anxious to let you know that I and all the family are very lonesome thinking of you being in such a remote region apart from us and not even saying that you would come home at any time. But we trust in God that we may see you once more, I am happy to say to you that your Brother Tommy and his wife and family are quite well.
They have two sons, the younger one named Michl. who is a promising child, Peggy Loftus has requested of you to let her daughter Meag Neary know that her mother and son and daughter are in necessary at home and if she could take them out , and would be happy and to take them from the poverty that they at present labour under, to where they might get something to earn. You may know that the potatoes are very much infected in this locality and were it not for the infection they were abundant, but one third to one half of them are gone bad, Michl. Is very much surprised that you did not send him what you promised him when ye were parting. John Connor sent a letter to Martin McNancared, when I was in England, and Martin wondered why you did not send him a letter.
I now expect to have a letter from you coming at Christmas time and letting us know all particulars regarding that country and all things that comes under your notice as what may appear insignificant to you may well be news to us. I am glad to state the friends, neighbours are quite well, and all the neighbours are very glad to hear from you, your Mother, Brothers and sisters are all quite well and join with me in love and best respects to you,
Your loving father,
Pray excuse this thin paper could be …………………………..written.
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