The Lost Art of Letter Writing #1 – Ireland, 1930

Tallow. Co. Waterford

Ireland
5th July 1930

To Mrs. Johanna O’Brien

Dear Madam.

The pastor handed me your letter with dollar enclosed as I have the furnishing of certificates as Clerk of the R.C. Church here in Tallow.

I searched from 1860 to 1870 and went to 1873 and back to 1859 and failed to find a single member of your family. I was thinking that you lived in some other parish close by Tallow parish. However I thought as years pass so quickly that you might be much older than you thought, so I searched further back and the first of the family I found was Margaret Power baptized on August 31st 1856. Going farther back in an older Register I found another member of the family baptized on 23rd January 1853, whose sponsors were Patrick Troy and Mary Troy. I wondered then could it be possible that you would be older still, so I searched and to my surprise I found the record of your baptism on the 1st July 1849. Sponsors as well as parents just as you stated. I enclose certificate. You must on reading it be astonished at the mistake you made in thinking that you were born between 1860 & 1870.

Yours sincerely,
Michael Tully
Clerk of the R.C. Church

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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