New York - July 20th 1877
My Dear Father, Mother & Brothers,
I wish to let you know that I arrived in New York 14th. I hope you will excuse me for not writing all that time I was tossed around so much that writing never came into my head. I see that there is nothing to be got in New York. I came dead broak. I was to see Mary I think that she will not live very long she looks so delicate.
I had some very good jobs in California but when you get out of one job you could spend all you had earned and a little more.
Must conclude for the present hoping that you are all well write quick. If I had money I would go home to Ireland there is no employment here.
I remain your affectionate son.