Letter 1862, even the Gentry were effected!
Pat Purcell Papers.
Unpublished letter from Richard Brasier Creagh
To Mr Pack-Beresford (Hanging-Gale Beresford) of Carlow, 1862.
June 7th 1862.
I have just returned from Travelling in the United States of America.
I found my unfortunate Uncle, Batty Pack, in a most deplorable state of health and equally so as to his means of living and situation in New York.
He has been attacked with convulsive fits and were it not for the pecuniary assistance I afforded him timely there is no doubt but he would have died, as he was absolutely in want with his family of the common necessaries of life.
I take the earliest opportunity of relating these facts to you as I am under the impression that you will not suffer your cousin to die with his children of starvation.
There is little of no employment in the States, which makes the matter urgent, and I hope that I have only to bring the case under your notice in order for you to do something for my poor Uncle who I consider is a deserving high minded man whom all of us love and are anxious to serve.
I am very, very sorry I cannot myself do something as unfortunately my means are but small.
I beg to remain Dear Sir,
Richard Brasier Creagh. ~~~~
PS. I left New York on the 24th of May in the ship The Edinburgh.
My Uncle's address is - [this section of the letter is torn].
Michael Purcell c.2012
Source: Michael Purcell c.2012