Transcript of a letter from Teresa Byrne to her Uncle

 

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6 Dominick Place

Mullingar

7th - 4 - 1914

Dear Uncle

I take this opportunity of writing you a few lines hoping to find you quite well as myself and family are similarly.  Dear Uncle, I heard yesterday that the land at Ballinakill is to be divided among the tenants about there as you are aware are grazing farmers are all divided and this one being in Sir Percy Nugent's sons' possession so the Land Commissioners have taken it over as land not owned by any person.

Dear Uncle, it is very hard for me to be living so near to my ancestors place and not to be able to move one inch to save it from being torn up & given to strangers & my big family of good young men powerless while Sir Walter Nugent reaps the benefit is gone to complete ruin, but even at the eleventh hour I will risk anything I can afford if you give me power of attorney rather than see it divided now.

Dear Uncle, there is no time to loose in this matter & please answer this & say if you will give me power to act when you won't come and do so yourself if you do so immediately that I can go on with the case there would be a chance left of it being in the family even after such a long time.

I will conclude with best love from family & myself in hopes to hear from you by return.

Your Niece Lovingly

Teresa Byrne

6 Dominick Place

Mullingar Ireland

Co. Westmeath