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Transcription of a handwritten letter from Pat Melvin to his brother Michael Melvin who in 1860 was living in New York City. Michael Melvin was my ggg grandfather. Rich Pettit


Ardnaree 19th, June 1860

My very dear Brother

I am much surprised that you did not since your departure from this country write to me according to promise for the weary traveler never sought with more earnestness the clear fountain where by he might allay his thirst than I did for some account from you but did not get it. Now at the experation of two years as a last resourse I embrace this opportunity of sending this letter to you. I would have written to you ere this but I did not know your address. My very dear brother sad are the changes this part of the country has undergone short as the time is since your departure. As for employment thereis no such thing here for labourers and markerts raling very high potatoes are from --6 to -- 10 per cwt Indian meal 70 per cwt oatmeal -6 and flour 22 per cwt which leaves this localy in a re-cher state. I am sure you would think it strange to see me going to the market cross with my spade to look for employment which perhaps I would not get 2 or 3 days on the week. Such Dear Brother is the cause of my soliciting from you as much as would pay my passage and if you would be so kind to do so in order to -i - out of the poverty of this unfortunate country and god to spare me health. I would the first money I would earn pay it to you again. The children are all well. I send you part of Michael hair. When we ask him about his will say he will go to you.

I am my dear Brother
Your affectionate Pat Melvin