I received the following material from Mary Ann Little in June,
2000. I re-typed the letter from her and re-scanned the
photos of the original documents that she sent. I've
enhanced the photos of the letter slightly to try to make them
"The following is a copy of a letter found among the keepsakes
of Mary Ann Condon Leonard. The original is very fragile
and water stained. From it's date and content, it probably
is a letter from Bridget Condon to her brother, Michael and his
wife, Catherine. They were the parents of Mary Ann Condon
and were living in Rockford, Illinois in 1867. This is,
however, an assumption and as of this time I cannot confirm this
Mary Ann Bonifas Little
Wallingford, July 22, 1867
My Dear brother I wrote to you some time ago but
received no answer to that. I think you did not get it but
I hope you will receive this and answer it as soon as you
can. I hope you and family are in good health[.]
When I write to you before mother was very low but now thank god
she is able to be around again. She is not strong but is
able to sit up every day. You must not be surprised if you
see her out there one of these days.
Mary lost her other baby so now she has not any children.
She is very lonesome indeed. It seems very sad to lose 3
children in less than a year but be the happier for them not to
be in this miserable world.
My Dear brother, I would give the world to see you and
family. I do wish mother was well enough to go and I would
travel off very lively.
Mrs. Linch and her husband and family send there love and best
respects to you and family. Mrs. Linch told me when I
write to you again to tell you that she had a daughter growing
up for one of your boys. So she wants you to train them up
to be very smart boys.
David and William work on the rail road. John works in the
yard. Uncle John and family are always anxious to hear
from you. My dear brother, did not think of any thing more
to write now so I will close with much love to you and
family. Mother does not know that I am writing to
you. She would have something to tell you if she did but I
may see her before I send it off. Mother sends her
blessing to you and Catherine and the children. I will
send you one of her pictures but it is not a very good
one. She had it taken some time ago but she would not send
it because it was not good enough but she will never have any
more taken so I will send this. Father and mother brothers
and sisters all send there love and best wishes to you and
Catherine and the children.