I do add the odd blog that is not Irish related but as Florence is quite close then it is Irish in a way.
I have posted one letter before (I have 30 odd) and it relates to a Great Grand Aunt of mine who was in various institutions for over 10 years.
Not only are the letters very personal but excellent social documents of the time.
The Children’s Home,
From J. Pendlebury , Secretary. 1900.
Item of Business
Not of quick understanding, not thorough. Cannot be broken of the habit of picking & stealing. No chance of keeping a respectable situation at present. (Sister Minnie is a Methodist nun? rather than it being a RC run institution)
1903/04 (A letter from Florence Lock to Mr/Dr? Gregory …principal of the Children’s Home…..Florence was born in 1884.…she states she is 19 years of age.)
I am now 19 years old and am thinking I should like to earn my own living.. Do you think I could go to a situation ? I know that my great weakness is, a bad temper but I shall have to conquer that. Sometimes Sister Minnie misunderstands me and thinks that I in a temper when I am not and I expect it is the same with myself at times I may think Sister is cross and irritable when she is not, but I must say Sister Minnie has been , very good to me since I have lived with her which is nearly 3 years now, although I think it would be better for me to go to a situation now. I hope you will not think I am discontented.
I remain ,
2nd February 1905 ( A letter from A.E.G. to Florence Locke……A.E.G. is Rev. Arthur E. Gregory Principal of the Children’s Home, Bonner Road.)
My Dear Florrie,
I think it is quite time you went into a situation. Our only fear has been that you would not got on well for as you say in your letter to me your temper has been for sometime the difficulty. I will speak to Mr Carnegie about you and we will do our best to find you a suitable situation. I do trust that you will do your part and be successful in keeping it.
Yours very truly,
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