Written by Kate Burgess (nee Furlong) and wife of Thomas
V Burgess. Written to her sister n law Mary Agnes Daly (nee Daly)
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Upper Aghada Co Cork Ireland
August 31st 1928
Dear Mrs. Daly,
I must first let you know who is writing to you. I was your brother Tom's wife, and was very pleased to hear from you after such a long time as Tom told me about you. We have been married over five years, and I worked in Maryland as a cook before I got married. My maiden name is Kate Furlong. My father was a Steward and he lived in Saleen.
We are now living in the Lodge in Upper Aghada near the Protestant Church. I suppose you remember the place.
This country has changed for the worse. There are numbers of men unemployed here. The steamers from Aghada to Cork are stopped. Both goods and passenger boat. You will remember the boat your father was employed in and Tom is idle since the boats stopped since last February. It is a great loss to us as he cannot find any employment around here at present, and it also affects your brother Paddy too. He has three children to support and he lost his wife last April. A nice girl she was. She was only ill for a few months when she died. The children are John Patrick & William Joseph and a little girl of ten years, Norah Mary. They're very nice children. I often have them here with me. Your sister Frances has two, a girl and a boy. Her married name is Mrs John McGuire and your sister Lizzie is well. She is living with your two nieces, Abina and Anglina Coyle, and your brother Michael who has no work at present.
Tom met with a bad accident about a month ago. He fell off a cart and sprained his wrist and his ribs. He was unconscious for over an hour, but he is getting better now thank God.
and myself would be very pleased to see your son Michael if he comes
to Ireland, and hope he will stay with us for sometime. We can give
him a room and some good well cooked plain food and plenty of fresh
air which will do him good.