THE IRISH IN IOWA

LETTERS FROM THE ARCHIVES
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE

Rev. Robert Allen
53 Wellington Street
Dublin Ireland

Iowa Iowa City, Iowa.
March 17th 1856.

Rev. Robert Allen. My dear cousin your very interesting letter bearing date the 4th of Feb.  last was received a few days ago; & though cloathed  in  was right heartily welcomed by me. It is truly refreshing to pursue such an epistle from such a friend, & from such a country your apologies, however, were uncalled for. I am not shure  but I am as much in falt  as you are. Why did I not write to you? To this inquiry I can only answer I knew not certainly where to address you. It is said our bodies are constantly changing, we know we often change our localities. Let us hope that our sentiments of attachment shall never change. Let our prayers be that they may continue to florish in increasing loveliness & perfection on earth, & mellow, in the eternal world, on the banks of the river of life! Of the death of my two cousins, Harry  & Catherine Allen, in Ireland, as well as of that of your Sister Mrs. Davidson in Alleghany City, in this country, I heard nothing until the receipt of your letter With your sister I spent, during the meeting of our General Synod last may, in Pittsburgh, a few days & nights pleasanty . They were then all enjoying good helth  Mr. Davidson seemed to be doing well, as he deserves to do. He was an affectionate husband, & a kind open-hearted friend   such a friend I have no doubt he still continues to be. Our General Synod meets this coming May in Alleghany & I was antisipating  a happy sojourn in your sister's family. But alas! how uncertain are all human expectations of earthly good! My dear cousin I shall see no more on earth; but please God we shall meet in heaven where no pestilence can enter & where sickness,& death,& parting shall be known no more! Your labours in your present field are, I have no doubt, many & onerous. When you look around you & consider the worldlyness , the carelessness about spiritual & eternal things   the idolatry & superstition which prevail on every hand & among every class  when you think of the duties resting upon you as a labourer in our Master's vineyard & the obsticles  internal & external which lie in the way of their proper performance no wonder if you should be often found adopting the language of Paul & saying "Who is sufficient for these things." The sentiment of the Psalmist suits me often. "O that I like adore, had wings said I, then would I flee For hence, that I might find a place Where I in rest might be." But from this toil & conflict there is no honourable escape. He who expects to conquer must fight. he who desires a crown of immortal glory & honour must run the race that is set before him. To assist you in accomplishing the great work lying before you in the fashionable city of Dublin, by lending you material aid, would impart to me great pleasure were it at all in my power. This is a great country & as you will have seen from the heading of this epistle I am now far beyond what a very few years ago was called the "Far West." My home at present is west of the Mississippi "The father of waters". I came to this state last june with the view of being more useful in the Church of God & of obtaining a permanent home for my rapidly increasing family. We have only six children now, three sons & three daughters! The opposition you speak of as existing in the city of Dublin is even here. "Fullness of bread & abundance of idleness"   worldly pride & the monster Romanism are all here . If Rome is loosing  ground in Europe she is moving heaven & earth to plant & cultivate her heresy in America. Every new place here in the west that is likely to be a place of importance she is occupying, & by those arts known only to her she is labouring to disseminate her dogmas. It is here the great battle of freedom must be fought And to carry on our operations sucessfully  we need very many meeting houses, the want of which you seem to understand. At every meeting of our Presbytery new places are reported where preaching is wanted & of course meeting houses. In this place, at present the capital of the state, our congregation is small & we have no house of our own wherein to worship. I preach at present in a school room. We may after a while occupy the senate chamber in the state house, should I remain here, which I am not certain I shall do. There is a more encouraging prospect about 60 miles from here, in the city of LeClaire, on the banks of the Mississippi, where the people are about to make out a call for me  perhaps I may accept it. But as here they have no meeting house there. Our field is large it is almost boundless & we have nothing like a sufficient number of labourers & nothing like a sufficient amount of material means for its proper cultivation. Some how or other Rome can & does build fine chapels - cathedrals - convents, & schools wherever she needs them in this country, whereas Protestants cant  always do so  Why should not truth be as well supported as error. There is at present a good deal of talk about a rupture between this country & England, here. I fondly hope it will terminate in talk. This is beyond any doubt a fast country & contains many restless ambitious spirits that are ready for any desperate undertaking. Are there many such over with you? The institution of Slavery in this country has been the cause of much unpleasant feeling & talking & acting both in Church & state. The accursed business has brought us to the confines of civil war. That it will bring about the dissolution of this confederacy I have not a doubt. The North - that is the free states, & the South, namely the slave states are becoming more & more alienated. The love of slavery seems to be increasing in the South & the detestation of it to be growing more extensive & deeply rooted in the North. The South wishes to extend the bounderies  of slave teritory  the north is becoming more & more determined that it shall not proceed any farther. On this momentous question many branches of the Church have realy  divided. We have the Associate Reformed Church North & the Associate Reformed Church South, the Baptist Church North & the Baptist Church South, the Methodist Church North & the methodist Church south, & I dont  know how many more. I believe the nation is divided in heart in like manner & will at last be realy  & visibly divided also. Nothing has contributed so much to this alienation of late as the passage of the Kansas & Nebraska bill & with it the repeal of the Missouri compromise  Perhaps "Uncle Tom's Cabin"  which I doubt not you have read & if you haven't  you should give no rest to your eyes nor slumber to your eyelids until you do, helped on the matter very considerably. It is a true picture of slavery & its workings in this country. Is it not a true picture of it & its workings in every country where it exists? A most interesting & exciting trial for some fugitive slaves came off a few days ago in Cincinnati ohio   The slaves six or seven in number fled from their masters in Kentucky & availing themselves of the frosen  state of the Ohio river crossed over on the ice & took refuge in a house in the subburbs  of Cincinnati. They were soon missed & pursued their hiding place was discovered, a warrant was procurd  & officers went to the house for the purpose of arresting them. The slaves resisted manfully as long as they were able. Among them was a mother & three children who, finding that they would be captured beyond a doubt resolved to murder herself & children rather than go back to bondage Sadened  by this resolution she seized a butcher's knife cut the throte of one child   slightly wounded another & struck the third on the head but did not do it any serious injury before she was taken into custoday. They were all tried & remanded back into slavery. This was hard it was, you will perhaps say, cruel. It was, however what was required in the case by what is called here the fugitive slave law. Had these slaves been brought into Ohio by their masters or with their masters consent they would have been free the moment the  tuched  the soil of Ohio, but coming there as fugitives the law gave them back to their legal owners. Now is it not remarkable   something that is a disgrace to our common Christianity that the man Archibald K. Gains who claimed the woman who killed one of her children & endavoured to kill them all rather than that they should go back into bondadge is a member in the Old school Presbyterian Church, the woman is said to be a Methodist. Is this the religion of Jesus? Does the mind  the Spirit of our blessed Saviour prompt to acts of such a character? Can that Church be regarded as faithful to God that countenances & legalazes  such conduct upon the part of her members? If Slavery is right I dont  know for my part what is wrong If the above mentioned Gains can have an honorable place in the visible kingdom of our Lord & Redeemer why may not the drunkard & the impure? While I would not justify the enslaved woman in murdering her dear child is she not inosent  before God in comparison with the man who would sell her body & soul into slavery for many "Give me liberty or give me death!" Such is the language of Patrick Henry a man of whom this country is deservedly proud. We admire the principle as anounced  by him. Shall we love it less because practiced  by a poor digraded  daughtr of Africa? Blessed be God the day is coming in which each one will do to others as he would have others do to him. May it spedilly  come! Some of us are beginning to care little whether it comes in peace or war so as it comes. Well I shall drop the subject of slavery at present best I become too excited   & turn to another subject with which perhaps you are more familiar I have just been reading Thackeray's sketches in Ireland. They are certainly interesting & amusing if nothing more. I am inclined to regard them as instructive also. He relates what he says he saw in the neighbourhood of Westport in the Sixth chapter of the second volume. Is that chapter deserving of credence? Were those awful  abominable rites performed as he says the  were? You must certainly know. Dear Robert I want you to write me soon & tell me if those things be so. The friends here are well as far as I know I received from Father a few weeks ago & they were all in the enjoyment of usual helth . Father, however is becoming very frail yet his general helth  is good  The paper you sent me came to hand in due time For the favour you have my thanks  you may repeat it as often as you please  Mrs A. thinks you had better come here & get married  she sends you her kindest regards   Remember me to those of my friends you may hapen  to see
 your loving cousin Henry Allen

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To: Eleanor McIlwrath (nee Wallace); Newtownards,  County Down, Ireland
From: Eliza Marshall; Roscoe, Iowa, U.S.A.
    
                  Roscoe Iowa
                 Sept. 13 1893
 
Dear Mrs McIlwrath
             It is now a long time since I heard from you I have thought of writing many times, but still put it off until today. but now our work is ahead some. and the cool wind is blowing. but the sun is very hot in
daytime we have very pleasant weather at present we had no rain to speak of in 3 months It makes it very dusty to drive out on the road. Crops are pretty fair dry weather and all. I think the  will be plenty
for man and beast in this part. a great many have died since i  wrote last. some young. some old people over 80 yrs we all in usual health. hoping this will find you all enjoying the same we did not go
to see the fair at Chicago although it was pretty near . the  are a lot of sabbath breakers and the  sell Liquor on the ground so I think we are better out of bad company. we go to church every sabbath we
have bible classes  half hour in the middle of the day we use the international lessons  we have prayer meetings 1st thursday  of every month it goes from house to house sometimes there is extra meetings at the Church after night but never go out after dark I let the rest go as I am afraid of Accidents. how is the health of your town Ill  be glad to hear all or any news you may think fit to write me tell

your daughter I have got her picture nicely framed It looks very well. I have lots of pictures and lots of books and 3 Commentarys Scotts and Henerys and Clarks so it our own fault if we dont  search the
scriptures. but i think Ill tire you with my letter. Remember me to your husband and family hoping to hear from you soon I remain your loving Friend
                       Eliza Marshall
 
P.S.
   I forgot to ask you how James Ferguson is getting along or if he went back to S.  America or how is E. McCausland and all Friends Excuse this letter as my hand is tired

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Sharpburgh
                   Taylor  Iowa
                   Feb th 14 1888
 
Dear Freind  Annie
I recived  your letter & Photo quite Safe I thank you very much for the Photo it is not very bad a little
too long Faced for you I think I was glad to heare  you had a good time at Xmas you got some nice presents I was glad to heare  that Bella is still at the Asylum you asked if Mike wrote to Charly Brown
he does not but we heard that he had left the Asylum & was working at the knitting Factory you asked if he was steady I dont think he is verry him an  another boy got into a fite  that was the reason he
left the Asylum you wanted to know if I had eney  Enlish  monney  I have not got eney  left I got it all
change at Pontiac: we are having nice wether  heare now but we had some verey  bad wether  about
3 weaks  ago there has been a great loss of life in different Stats this winter frome  Freesing  to Death we are bouth  well at present I have had a verey  bad Could  it is better now I am sticking the cards in my scrap book somone said it would take me all the winter I dont mind if it dont take me all the summer Annie does your Uncle Rob live with Aunt Lib now :  I am expecting a Freind of mine frome  Debuke to see me this Spring she came out frome  England 6 year ago & I think my Aunt will come frome Minnesota so I hope to have a good time I had thought to have gone out there this winter but Mike has been sick so much that we could not afford it how is getting along is he most  married I suppose you
have a by this time I suppose you have made lots of freinds by this time I went a viseting for nearly a weak & left Mike heare he said he did not want to stay alone again we had 2 nice rousters given us 2 weaks  ago my hens began laying yesterday and Mike is making boxes for nests today Mike wishes to be rembered to you I have just got company come so I shall have to cut your letter short & save the rest
for Mrs Jackson i shall be glad to hear frome  you when you have time to write
Much  love frome  your freind
            Mary Duckett

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To: Thomas McIlwrath High Street, Newtownards, Co. Down Ireland
From: James McIlwrath Brooklyn, Iowa U.S.A.

Brooklyn Iowa
Sept 30 1893

Dear Thomas I received your kind and welcome letter and was glad to here  you were all well. We are all well here at present. I am glad to know your father is enjoying such good health at the age of 60 years. I did not think he was so old. Please tell him to except  my thanks for the two books he sent me. Mr. Moore was here to see me a week or two ago. I was very glad to see him. I had a good talk with him. He told me all about Newtownards and its surroundings which I was very glad to here . He lives about thirty miles from me at a place called Thornburg. he seems to be a very steady man. Dear Thomas tell your mother to except  my many thanks for the Friendly Greetings that she sends us every month. We prize them very much. Dear Thomas you said you had a very dry summer. We have had the driest and hottest here I have seen since I came to the states The oat and hay crop were very light on account of the drought. The pastures are all burned up. The springs all dried up. I had to pump water for my cattle and hogs out of wells most of the summer I  commenced to rain to day  and has rained all day. And I hope it will continue so until we get enough. I am glad to here  that the farmers are begining  to use the self binders and harvesters. We could not get along very well without them here. We do all the farming here mostly with horses and machinery. Willie and myself farm 240 acres and does it all ourselves. We had out 40 acres of oats. Seventy five of Indian corn 2 acres of potatoes and forty acres of hay. The rest of the farm is all in pasture Dear Thomas I hope you will son  be able to fill your father  place as he is getting old. I hope you will be a preaching  when I come to see you. I want to come and see you in a few years if every thing goes right, Dear Thomas you might come to America and spend a month or two with us and take in the worlds fair. They are having great crouds  of  people there and lots to be seen. I think it would do you a great deal of good. I would try and make a Yankee out of you before I would let you go home. My wife & family join me in sending their kindest love to yourself your father mother and Rhoda Jane. Write soon.

Your affectionate Uncle James McIlwrath

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To: John Donnan
From: James McKee, Washington Co, Iowa

Washington CO.
Iowa
28th July 1848
Dear Sir
                        I read a few lines from you (enclosed is a letter from Mr James Thomson) on the 26th Inst. It gives me great pleasure to know that you have been decided enough in your sentiments to come over to see our country. I hope it will give you pleasure in the after life to think that you done so. You want to know where Iowa is. Burlington the ___ is due west of the city state of New York, on the west bank of the Mississippi, we live about 30 miles north-west of it in the very south end of Washington co14 miles N of Mount Pleasant the best Island town in the State. You can get a deck passage from Pittsburgh Pen to Burlington (when the water is in good stage) for about ____. Sir where you to get a sight of this country it would be next to a visit back to the Emerald Isle. It is not here as it is where you are, you can see as far as the eye can carry, along some of our large Prairies. I have lived in the state of New York, Nearly one year in Kentucky, fourteen months in Indiana, and I do say that this is the most beautiful part of North America I have ever been in. There is no grubbing through roots, or hopping round stumps when ploughing here. The soil here is from one to three feet deep- close to the timber it is the shallowest - you want to know the price of land it varies in price according to the ______ of state of improvement from $3-00 per acre - I have some land sold in Ky  from 50 to 100 dollars per acre far inferior in
quality to that which could be purchased here at five dollars per acre. It will improve at that. Sat Ev-
As I am in haste to get this written as the mail goes out on Monday I shall not attempt to describe the appearance of the country, you may probably see someone who has travelled in some part of these prairie countries, who can give you some idea of them, but in some future epistle I shall with pleasure , but there is one thing I do know, that it does not suit any old country man to go into the timber and make a farm it is enough to discourage them I know it has done with a good many. As we have hired little or no work I am not at present able to give a full account of wages - working by the day on a farm is 50 cents - In harvest a creadler gets $1-00 a ______ 75 and a raker 50 cents by the Mo. ten dollars is common - I have know several boys who hired by the year at one hundred Dollars - some hands might get more but I never wish to _____at the expense of the ____. Dr John these are remarks you can depend on. So if you have a desire to come out and see this part of the country, you can make this your home until you get settled, and after that head quarters until you get married. I am very sorry that I was not personally acquainted with you before I left - but from Mr James Thomson's high recommendation you shall be
received as a friend - If you want to get a farm this is the place for you  it takes a large capital to purchase
but a small in an old settled part of the county - what would be a gratification to you, the people are more on an equality with one another than they are there. The soil here is much richer than it is in any of the East States, should you come out here and not settle it is worth the amount it would cost to see the country, 9 months work would get you out and take you back to Penn.  Should the friend that you mention want to purchase land in this part of the country, there is two farms convenient to us that would be sold cheap, both well improved - one of them joins us on the north containing three 80 acre lots of prairie and two of timber in all 400 acres There is 80 acres under fence and 60 in a good state of cultivation with the necessary buildings - The last time the owner was out here (Who lives in Ohio) he
asked fifteen hundred Dollars for it. The other is two miles east of ours three 80 of prairie and one 80 of
timber there is 100 acres under fence and in a good state of improvement the fences are first rate, houses
good double corn crib wagon shade price $1000.00 These are both as handsome attractions as ever I saw in the country, prairie and timber joins each other on both places - I think you will be able to form an accurate idea as regards the price of land. Should you come out here, I hope it will not be long (if I am able to offer you any service) that the people will be calling you a 'green' Irishman  Do not be rash in speaking your sentiments to any 'country Born' respecting the Emerald Isle - or anything pertaining to it. When you write home give compliments to Mr Thomson & Mrs & family & to your father's folk, let me know if Mr John Gibson Teacher Dungiven was living when you left & if you know where his brother Robert shipped for Mr Th told me he was going out here this spring - Let me know if you were acquainted with Mr Carlile  formerly agent for Mrs Barington My brothers wife saw a young man in Mr
Carlile's  once of your home, the master called his father 'Uncle', Mrs Carlile  and my brothers wife are
sisters - Let me know if James Thomson has any notion of emigrating to the country, & if he has got along pretty well once I left, & if you think he is worth  300.00 Sterling - was he to come out here I get him 80 acres of land, with about 20 acres improved on it, which he could do for about $300.00 If start to weaving - farm none but what would raise his own meat, And bread, he would feel more interdependent than where he is & not be near so much confined. Dear John In conclusion I must tell you one thing you
forgot when leaving Ireland, to bring a wife along, in future I shall express my sentiments more fully to
you - Please excuse my scribble as I have been working hard in the Harvest field today cutting our spring wheat - if the weather is favourable & health permits we will finish Tuesday evening - crops are good here this season, corn looks remarkably well - We have about __ acres this season, should you come out here this fall it should suit you We will be glad to have your help to gather it - Let me know if your father & Mother was both living when you left & what family there was unmarried & what age your parents might probably be  Write (if you want to hear from me) as soon as this comes to hand, & till then I remain
Your sincere friend
James McKee
 
P.S. When you write direct to me, Crawfordville Washington Co., Iowa. The mail goes from this village (three miles from us) once a week Monday - I shall write (if possible) to Mr Thomson by the next mail, should I do it with the candle as I have done the most of this one.
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 Independence
Buchanan Co , Iowa,
United States.
                                 April, 9th, 1901.
To the Parish Priest
     Parish of Cady,
         Co Armagh,
            Ireland.
Rev. Father.
        Not knowing your name I beg to be excused in thus addressing you an entire stranger, which I know you will when you read my letter, so I will proceed at once.
   About the year 1870 a man by the name of Arthur Woods died here and made a will to this effect.-
A house and three lots to his wife, my Aunt, during her life then it was to go to his two sisters in your Parish in Ireland: namely Rose Hagarty and Agnes Duffy In case of their death to their heirs, share and share alike. The rest of his property was swindled away through bad management at the hands of the administrator at that time, and is now outlawed,
   However, my Aunt - his wife, died last november And this house and three lots worth about $250. dollars is without an owner. This is why I have written to you to find out if possible any clue to their whereabouts. As it was my Aunts wish they should be notified.
   I spoke to an attorney here; but he thinks it would be too much of a trouble to hunt up the heirs.
   The place has been rented for years, Consequently badly run down.
   If they Can not be found it will undoubtly go for taxes in three years If any of them are found  I will send you the names of a few of the lawyers here.
   H. W. Holman CE Ransier Abott Brothers Any one of which are reliable men. Also the name
of our Priest-Rev. Father O Dowd, in case you or they should wish to obtain any further information.
   Hoping the heirs may be found
         I. await your reply. 
         Mary Dwyer.
         Independence
         Iowa.

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Rose Hegarty
   to.
Justin E. Cook
 
Power of Attorney.
 
Copy.
 
             POWER OF ATTORNEY.
 
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:
 
                 That I, Rose Hegarty, an unmarried
woman, of Blackwatertown, County Armagh, Ireland, do
by these presents make, constitute and appoint Justin
E. Cook of the County of Buchanan and State of Iowa,
my true and lawful attorney, for me and in my stead,
to sell, deed and execute proper warranty deed to
Lots Three (3), Four (4), and Five (5), in Block
Thirty-one (31), in Union Addition to Independence,
Iowa, conveying all my interest in said Lots, which
is an undivided one-half, said lots being owned by my
and the daughter of Agnes Duffy, deceased, in equal
shares.  And I authorize my said attorney to collect
any rents due me from said property and to collect
and receipt for the proceeds of the sale of said
property.  And I hereby authorize my said attorney to
do and transact any other business for me in the
County of Buchanan and State of Iowa.  I also
authorize my said attorney to sell, deed, convey, and
receipt proceeds of any other property, real or
personal, belonging to me in said county and state,
giving and granting unto my said attorney full power
and authority to do and perform each and every act
and thing whatsoever required and necessary to be done
in and about the premises as fully as I might or could
do if personally present, reserving the right to
revoke this power at pleasure.
   And I hereby ratify and confirm all that my said
attorney may lawfully do in the said premises by
virtue hereof.
 
 
Witness my hand this       day of May, 1902.
 
Ireland           )
County of Armagh. ) ss.
 
                 On this       day of May, 1902,
before me,           , personally appeared Rose
Hegarty, to me known to be the person named in and
who executed the foregoing instrument and acknowledged
that she executed the same as her voluntary act and
deed.
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J.E.COOK.         R.E.LEACH.
       COOK & LEACH,
     ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW.
    INDEPENDENCE, IOWA.
 
                             June 23. 1902.
 
Joshua E. Peel & Son,
       Armagh, Ireland.
 
              Gentlemen:- Your two letters of 11th inst. in relation to the property of Rose Hegarty and the heirs of Agnes Duffy received and also power of attorney from Rose Hegarty to our Mr. Cook.
       We think that you have furnished us with all the facts in the case that are necessary and in order to
perfect the title to the property so it can be sold, we shall have to commence a suit in partition, making Rose Hegarty, plaintiff, and Katherine Branigan defendant and vice versa and bringing in the others as defendants, Rose, Mary and Michael; also other unknown heirs.  Under our statute, we have a right to bring all parties in Court by publishing the same in our paper.  We name Rose, Mary and Michael as defendants and then bring in unknown heirs, grantees or legatees or any party that may possibly have
any interest in the property; it also brings any party that may be interested in the property before the courts, so that the Court has full jurisdiction and an adjudication as to the ownership of the property is final and binding on everybody, and the purchaser from the referee will obtain a good title.
       Enclosed find petition for Katherine to sign and swear to before the Deputy Consul and return to us. and we will get a sale of the property as soon as possible.
 
                   Yours truly,
                       Cook & Leach

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COOK & COOK
Attorneys-at-Law
Independence, Iowa
Oct. 27, 1905.

Joshua E. Peel & Son
Armagh, Ireland.

Gentlemen:- 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  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 yourself. 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 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 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

 

 


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