Misc:  Letter to Thomas Hume Skellern, 28 Nov. 1864

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 Nothing has given me greater pleasure than the receipt of a 
letter from you after so many years silence on both sides 
particulary was I pleased at the enclosure of your wifes 
Cart de Visit indeed I would hardly know her. , such a 
change years have caused in her - when last we met she was a 
thin spare woman but now I perceive a comfortable fat and 
healthy English woman. People here are quite the reverse I 
thank you and her for sending it to me. I was sorry to hear 
of your illness preventing you sending on yours. I have 
delayed partly from replying to your letter long befor this 
awaiting your promised likeness as you said in a few weeks 
you would send it but perhaps you were awaiting my reply to 
your letter.every day I am expecting it. I hope it is not 
missedit is so very long since I heard from you for formerly 
you were very correct in sending letters.Many very thanks 
for the various papers you sent me this past week I received 
two together- one illustrated. I send some occasionally to 
you but not at all equal to yours. I do not wish to send to 
you any papers from this except some particular news is 
going as they are little worth.
 I was sorry to hear of the calamities befallen to your 
family we are all "born to trouble" . Your visit to Dublin 
does not suprise me . It is a bad and broken down place I 
hear from many. who could that man been that you seen at the 
college- he must know very little about me - as the time I 
laft there the Society had not £20 of even £10 in its 
possession, as the secretary MAX RYAN had absconded to 
America with all its funds which was not much. I seen him 
here, I never received one or other neither was there any 
rule on their books to that effect to entitle me to it, 
whatever may be now I know not so. Another reason for my not 
replying to your letter long befor this was that I waited 
these several weeks for my sons likeness to send on to you, 
but as yet he has failed to keep his word so far, however I 
am compelled to enclose you one I have of his these two 
years past. I do not not send it as of any worth , it is so 
soiled , only that I may let you see the exact features of 
your two nephews and your daughters their cousins. The 
oldest George has changed very much since this likeness has 
been taken, he is now grown monstrously fat. The other less 
fortunate in the world and exact likeness too (with the 
exception of a sore nose that he had when he got it taken) I 
enclose  also, it is very poorly taken indeed . He sent it 
on to me with two more from Baltimore. You percieve that it 
is regimental. My eldest son is now about 31 years old , the 
other is 22 nearly I trust that in the next letter to 
enclose a likeness  of my old woman when taken and also that 
of the poor afflicted one my daughter Maria . Sorely 
affected indeed with a notorios drunkard and ideler, 
particulary now at those calamatous times when everthing 
here is so very dear owing to this dreadfull war and likely 
to be more so. She may write you a few lines at the close of 
this letter as I will defer to finish it untill next sunday, 
awaiting another mail steamer for your letter and likeness- 
I wish you for the future to direct your letters and 
newspapers you may be kind to send me to the house of my son 
George Skellern . No 224 West 27th Street between 8th and 
9th avenues New York. They will be safer there for me - I 
begin to dought very much if your letter may not have been 
kept here in this house by the person who is in the habit of 
receiving my letters , as some arenot forthcoming, my son 
Charley has written to me also. The Skellern you seen in 
Dublin know nothing of my daugher s husband since he was 
there 16 years ago, little they know what a drunkard he 
turned out.
 Dec 4th 1864.
 Dear Brother I have now detained this letter another week 
but no signs of your expected likeness and letter, although 
2 steamrs have arrived from Europe during this past week. I 
perceive by the papers that Franc Mutter was executed. If I 
receive your letter and likeness at any time as a token 
thereof I will immediatley send you a newspaper called "The 
Police Gazette" with th "Sun" newspaper enclosed in it , 
followed the next week by another called "The World"
 I have you wifes (Susan) safe laid up in the Bible awaiting 
yours , so that I may have both framed together- these will 
add greatly to the many pictures I have around me- my little 
home is called "The Curiosity Shop" I have so much to look 
at, as it amuses me much Thses last two weeks I am totally 
idle , as business is extremly bad- paper so very dear as 
you will percieve by Market Table on the Sun which appears 
weekly on that paper - you will have to excuse this dirty 
letter - I will reply to your next letter about New Years 
next - I now wish you a happy Christmas and New Years I was 
thinking of writing this letter over again as an incident 
has just happened it, but I am really not able I am now 
tired as I have written a long one to my son befor this My 
wife Maria George Charley and daughter Maria join in love 
with me to your wife and daughters , also the grandchildren 
desires me to say and me too Adieu till I hear from you , 
may God protect you till the last and that we will all meet 
in the other land where troubles never come to pass no more. 
I trust you have laid hold on Him who is mighty to save, 
even to the uttermost-if so be faithful even untill death
 Your affectionate brother J M Skellern .