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Augustine E. Costello letter

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P400


Letter from writer Augustine Costello to his young cousin "Charles", living in Ireland. The collection consists of a single autobiographical letter to this cousin, who also has decided to become a journalist, and is writing for the Freeman.


  • July 9, 1891


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1 folder (1 letter: 8 pages (4 pieces)) : Printed scene of a sea-side hotel on the letter. Letterhead: "The Mansion, Atlantic City, N.J."

Scope and Contents

In the letter, Costello discusses the hedge schoolmaster Johnny McDermott 3 miles from "dear, wretched Killimore" (County Galway); further education until 15; went on the railroad to Kells; set sail for America. "Regrets are idle and I must be content to be what I am: neither a success nor a failure." Costello describes his children; "I am healthy except for my nervous system."

He suggests that his cousin Charles write a sample letter on Irish politics to the New York editors, enclosing a note on his qualifications and mentioning Costello's name; try John A.Cockerill, Morning Advertiser, and Joseph I. C. Clarke, Morning Journal.

"I regret to hear that your father continues in poor health... Is not your brother John in Dublin?... I suppose Willie is as good as dead to you all... he will never amount to anything...I do not see him at all."

"God save Ireland."

Physical Location

MS P400

Immediate Source of Acquisition

O'Hegarty manuscripts

Related Materials

Costello wrote books on the police and fire departments of Syracuse, Minneapolosi, Paters (N.J.), Jersey City, New Haven, and New York, published 1885-1893.

Guide to the Augustine E. Costello Collection
Augustine E. Costello letter
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Augustine E. Costello letter, Department of Special Collections, MS P400, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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