Wednesday, March 21, 2012

September 11, 1906

From: May Gleasure, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland
To: Frank Gleasure, 22 Herrick Street, Brighton, Mass

My dear Frank,

I suppose you think I am never going to answer your last letter, I have been putting it off for so long. We have very changeable weather over here now. One day is wet and a couple of days are fine. I was out in Tullig the first week in August, then I came in for the big sports, George went out a few days after and stopped out for two weeks.

George and I are able to ride the bicycle now we learned during out holidays, I would like to have one of my own Annie is very near able to ride.

Did you hear that Paul Dillon was going over this month, his brother Ned is at home to see him before he goes and Tom is coming on next Thursday.

All the Parkinsons were at home this summer and Tom Parkinson was asking were you out walking as he did not see you about the place, you may be sure we laughed, he was surprised when we told him that you were gone to America five or six years ago.

Rich Parkinson will be getting his pension about Christmas time, and Tom will be getting his in October 1907. We are not able to play on the organ only by air and it is very slow work trying to learn without a teacher and father would not give us the money for to learn he told us to write and ask you for it. All the McCarthy are able to play now, and they asks us why we don't learn. It only took one of them five or six months to learn and now she can play any piece of music that is set before her and she is only about 13 years old. Willie McCarthy is a doctor in Dublin now, all the big girls came home from Germany this summer where they were at school for the last year or two. Eva Stephens is in the Listowel Post Office for the last three years. The two Sweetmans girls are going away to England this month for to go to a boarding school. Dick Sweetman was in Dublin last year to pass an examination for the Bank of Ireland but he failed and is at home again. There is a mission in the chapel for the last week. Nell Dowling is always asking about you. She took one of you photos when she saw them. Maggie Dowling is going to America next Spring if her brother send her the money. Louie Parkinson took two of your photos, one of the big ones and one of the small ones, the ones you send last Christmas every one said that they were not a bit like you. Did you get the letter George sent to you about the first of August? He is looking out for an answer every day. Joe got the last book you sent him. I liked the books you sent Annie some time ago, I like reading fairy tale stories. Joe has two of my photo but he would not give them to me. We are longing for the sight of an American newspaper. Hoping you will send some as soon as you get this, I remain

Your Loving Sister,

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