Transcribed by Yvonne Mooney, email@example.com
John & Mary Mooney, Lot 35, Ten Mile House, P.E.I. to their son, Henry J. Mooney, Brockton, Mass., Mar 18, 1887
March 18th 1887
Ten Mile House P.E.I.
I received your letter of Feb 28th We are happy to hear of your welfare, and more especially to be able to congratulate you on the blessing that God has pleased to bear upon you the birth of your Son, I conceive the feeling you are actuated by, when I look back to the time when I first saw your face may God grant you and your offspring Grace and virtue and preserve you all for a good end, the hand of time has come on your Mother and I, but we cannot expect otherwise yet we have very fair health but feel somewhat disappointed that we have none of our own Children with us in our old days I wrote to James wishing he would come home next Summer whatever the result might be afterwards
Your Mother feel grateful for the picture your Misses sent her you are aware she was always of a Religious turn of mind and is of opinion that she is of the same stamp. As you made reference to the Labour troubles in the States, I am confident it is very injuring to the working class and it appears some time past the Catholic Church were opposes to its principals particularly in the case of Dr McGlynn and Arch Bishop Corrigan but I see latterly that Arch Bishop Gibbons of Baltimore comes out in the press and supports the Knights of Labour and states that there is nothing in their Resolutions contrary to the teachings of Catholic Doctrine but I hope it will end in behalf of the Common people the mainstay of society.
Should it come my time to have the opportunity of seeing you all, nothing would afford me more pleasure, either in the States or in this Island I am rather far advanced in years to going to your Country besides – there is no business that I could employ myself at consequently I would view it as a failure to attempt, the change of times and circumstances might bring around a day when you may yet take a notion to come back to Prince Edward Island there are men here who traveled the States and came back and settled down doing well men of your own Trade these are matter of thought and imagination.
I have nothing special or particular to inform you of except a few marriages that took place this winter John Moynagh and Mary Jennings James Traiver and Susan Moynagh James Fitzpatrick and Amelia McQuade of nine mile house I suppose you are already aware that your Uncle Robert is dead in conclusion we join in sending you our good will and blessing.
John and Mary Mooney
Mrs Laura was pleased of your kind mention of her.
- Male child spoken of died before 1900 Federal Census for Mass.
- John states that he feels somewhat disappointed that they have none of their own Children with them. This fits in with the Mooney-Curran genealogy that John Mooney’s children left for the states and did not return. What doesn’t fit is their genealogy says that this John Mooney was born on P.E.I. He was actually 15 yrs old when he immigrated in 1830 possibly with his father Henry Mooney.
- John Mooney died the 16 July 1888, 4 months after this was written.
- Uncle (Hon.) Robert Mooney died 5 August 1886, 7 months before this was written.