Enter your keyword

1774: John Forstall to Nicholas Forstall III

New Orleans to County Kilkenny

June 29th, 1774

John Forstall, Kilkenny to Nicholas Forstall, New Orleans

Dear Nephew,

Mr. Morgan has been so kind as to forward your two letters, one from Dublin, and the other from London, letting me know he would execute any commissions I should have for you.

No uncle would serve you with greater pleasure were it in my power. [About 20 lines here more or less destroyed.]

You will always find me full of truth and candour — I must tell you also I am tired of Ireland, and have had it sometime in my mind to go and end my life in France, which I propose doing before it is a year; as I think the air will agree better with me there; and I shall be more retired to take care of my soul, which ought to be my greatest care at present. I have lost near 1000 ponds sterling which I lent on bad security. This has made me angry with my own country. [18 lines here following are destroyed.]

Our arms are ‘three pheons argent in sable — a Helmet on the wreath — the crest a greyhound’s head coupe argent, in sable, collar and chain, with the motto in the ribband. ‘In corda inimicorum Regis’. [underscored]

You may be always sure of any service in my power. This with my love to my niece.

Your affectionate uncle

(Sd) John Forstall