A Letter from Home
(Dublin, Ireland) to Ottawa


Dear Son:

Just a few lines to let you know I'm still alive. I'm writing this letter slowly 
because I know you can't read fast. 
You won't know the house when you get home - we have moved.
About your father - he has a lovely new job. He has 500 men under him. He cuts 
the grass at the cemetery.
There was a washing machine at the new house when we moved in but it doesn't work 
too good. Last week I put in 14 shirts, pulled the chain, and haven't seen the 
shirts since.
Your sister Mary had a baby this morning but I haven't found out if it's a boy or 
a girl, so I don't know if you're an aunt or an uncle.
Your uncle Patrick drowned last week in a vat of whiskey in the Dublin Brewery. Some 
of his workmates tried to save him, but he fought them off bravely. They cremated him 
and it took three days to put out the fire.
I went to the doctor on Thursday and your father went with me. The doctor put a small 
tube in my mouth and told me not to talk for ten minutes. Your father offered to buy 
it from him.
It only rained twice this week, once for three days and once for four days. Monday was 
so windy, one of the chickens laid the same egg four times. We had a letter from the 
undertaker. He said if the last payment on your grandmother's plot wasn't paid in seven 
days, up she comes.

Your loving mother
XXX
P.S. I was going to send you five pounds but I had already sealed the envelope.

The above was printed in the March 2000 issue of the Osgoode Township Historical Society Newsletter.
March 9, 2002: Obituary: Pat Murphy, who worked at the Molson Brewing Plant in Montreal has passed away. Apparently while working on one of the large vats of ale, he lost his footing, and fell into the vat, thereby drowning. His widow, when asked if it was a quick death, replied "Not that quick. He had to climb out of the vat twice to pee!"

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