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

Tallow. Co. Waterford

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

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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