10 Sept. 1914.
My dear nephew,
I return the interesting account of your father's life. I have added on the spare sheets one or two items which will help to complete it. But there is not really much more to say. He had really no start in life given him and made his own way. Had he been properly educated, helped and befriended, he would have done much more. His genius was not financial and he was not equal to the speculations in cattle, &c. he engaged in in early life. You know better than I do how he fared at the hands of the Cork Company.
I think you might put on record at the end of the MS. his devoted attachment to his wife and his self-sacrifice for thirty years in the interests of his children.
Poor fellow! The thought that he is gone is to me always saddening.
I hope you and Mabel and the little people are well. I hope too the war is not touching you personally. Business is slack among the people I have to do with - here, we are sheltering Belgian refugee families. But, according to me, the works wants systemising. And I fancy a good many have run away to England prematurely - and will have on their return to start life quite anew.
Your affectionate uncle,
F. THOS. BERGH. O.S.B.
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