Three letters written by or on behalf of Owen Larkin of Lusmagh, Offaly,
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Larkin writes '... not having heard from you this many years ...under the painful necessity of apprising you of your brother John's death ...'. He gives news of the deaths of other friends or relatives also, and mentions the ingratitude of his son Michael who has not written once since he left home, asking James for an address for Michael. He tells his son of the difficulty of paying the rent and asks if he can send some relief. The first half of letter two is written in Larkin's voice, but then the writer says 'James, you will be surprised when I tell you that it's Miss Mary wrote this to you. I feel so much for your poor father, to see him in the miserable poor state that he is in'. In letter three, written only three weeks later, Miss Enright explains that Larkin has been dispossessed of his land and will be doomed to the Poor House or to begging unless he gets some relief. She writes with some feeling that 'It's the first time that he asked any of his children for the least assistance ... you are now the only child that is left alive ... Mike died in New Orleans, very comfortable but never sent his father one shilling ... if you have one spark of affection left keep your poor father from ruin ...'.
The letters are addressed to James Larkin of Union, Franklin County, Missouri, America. The first is written by James's father, Owen Larkin of Lusmagh, County Offaly. The other two letters are written by a Mary Enright on behalf of Owen Larkin. The first is dated 22nd February 1848, the second and third are dated respectively 2nd January and 24th January 1850.
Physical description: 3 items.
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