Letter from Corbane (New Inn) - Montreal

Uncle writes to his nephew in Canada, 1935

Patricia Greber

John (Jack) Dever, WWI
Courtesy of Patricia Greber
Maggie & Tom Melody 1926
Courtesy of Patricia Greber
Bridget Melody emigrated from East Galway to Canada around 1880. She met her husband, Samuel Dever, originally from Donegal, in Montreal. Together they would have thirteen children, twelve surviving infancy.
During WWI three of their sons signed up for service. After the war ended two of them stopped in Ireland to meet their Melody and McGuinness relatives. Jack and Jim Dever would make a great impression on their Irish relations, and new found friends. A bond would survive for many years. Uncle Tom (Melody) beckons his nephew in Montreal to visit him ‘one last time’, and tells him the gloves and braces he gave him during his last visit are nearly worn!!

The following is transcribed from a letter received in Canada, 1935

Corbane, New Inn 5/3/35
My Dear Nephew Jack,
I am glad to hear from you once more & to know that you & Beatrice are in good health. I must also thank you for your lovely xmas card with its appropriate wording & also for your kind invitation to go out there for a visit. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to pay you a visit if it were possible for me to do so, but I am afraid I could hardly find time. Would you not be able to find time your-self for a short visit to see us once more. You know there is a short cut now as the liners calls regularly at Galway both inward & outward bound so it would be only a matter of a few days sailing.
I do hope you wont be so long again without writing as it gives me great pleasure to get a letter from you & especially to see the nice way you print the address. I have the gloves & braces yet that you gave me when you were here but they are nearly worn now so if you have any other cast-offs don’t throw them away but send them on here.
I would like to get some paper from you from time to time & I may be able to send you some in return.
I am sending you a few sprigs of the chosen leaf I hope it will arrive in time for St. Patrick’s day.
I will close now\With fondest love to all
Your loving
Uncle Tom
Good bye
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  • Tom Melody had the lovliest sweetest apples he very kindly shared with us. He was a gentleman.
    Nancy Maher, (nee Cannon, formerly Ballyfa)

    By bernadette (18/10/2016)

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