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Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839

Parish of Kilmacdooaun (c)

                                                                                                               13th November 1839.

Dear Sir,
We arrived here yesterday evening after being detained six hours on the Shannon. We now want the Name Books of the Baronies of Tullagh and Bunratty by return of post, and also some quills, sealing wax and pencils. The land is very much flooded and very hard to be travelled now in consequence of the constant rain during summer and autumn, and we must make every exertion to get over Slieve Aughtee before the black winter sets in.

I have not heard whether Wakeman has gone to Kilrush or not. Through you only he can find out where we are.
                                                                                                 Your obedient etc., servant
                                                                                                              John O’Donovan.

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                                                                                                               14th November 1839.

Dear Sir,
We shall be idle tomorrow for want of Name Books and this is too bad when we have so much to do. The fields are much flooded, and as they will be getting more and more so every week, I trust that we will not be detained here. This is a very expensive town and we must hurry out of it if we don’t wish to get into debt.

Please to send us the Books as they are; their being compared with the Inquisitions is of no consequence in this County, as the names were never corrupted in it. I have not heard a word about Wakeman yet. Has he gone to Kilrush? Your obedient servant,
John O’Donovan.

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The Name Books of the Baronies of Tullagh and Bunratty were demanded in Mr. O’Donovan’s letter dated, Ennis, 13th November, to be sent by return of post. That letter reached us on the 14th. The Books were sent on that day, yet here we have him complaining on the 14th, the very next day after his call for them, that they have not yet reached him, and adding that “this is too bad.” Surely this is expecting a little too much in a country where rail-road speed has not yet been attained.

Poor Sharkey! Is gear a mhair an fear bocht d’a eis so do scriobhadh.

We were complaining “of the fates” for having been a day in want of books. It could not have been prevented unless the Books had been sent us all together. We have them now and are obliged to Mr Sharkey for correcting our unwarranted peevishness, for we had been under the impression that we had written a day sooner, but find now that we were labouring under a delusion. The fields are now almost impassable here.