"Officer Rafferty Received An Interesting Letter
Officer and Mrs. Edward Rafferty of Masin Avenue received the following interesting letter from their grandson, Charles Mulhern of Cincinnati. The young man is the son of Mrs. Mulhern formerly Miss Emma Rafferty. His deceased father Jack Mulhern was formerly a well and favorably known Ironton man.
U. S. S. Delaware Fort Monroe, Jan. 30th, 1910. [Transcriber's note: I believe this date should be 1911]
As I have nothing to do I will write you a few lines to let you known [sic] what I am doing. The Delaware has just returned from a cruise to Weymouth, England, Cherbourg, France, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba. While I was in Engalnd and France I took a train to London, Eng., and Paris, France where I saw a great many things. The sailors while in London were treated like kings. Everybody was willing to do something for you. There were dinners and suppersm theatre parties, balls and dances, entertainments and receptions, all in our honor, both in England and France. We had very rough weather when we crossed the ocean to England, There were very high sears running for four or five days. We are now going on a cruise of very near 10,000 miles each way. We leave here tommorrow with the body of the late Ambassador from Chile to the United States, who died in Washington about a month ago. His body will be taken by us to his national county. We leave here Jan 31, 1911, arrive Rio De Janiero, Brazil Feb. 16, 1911, leave Feb. 23rd 1911 arrive Buenta Arenas, Chile, March 3rd 1911 leave March 6th 1911, Buenta Arenas means Sandy Point in English. It is the most southern city in the world. We leave there March 6th, 1911, arrive Valpariso Chile, March 11th, 1911 leave March 21st. 1911. Valparaiso is where we leave the dead body of the Chilean Ambassador. We leave Valpariso march 21st, 1911 for Rio De Janeiro Brazil arrive there April 4th., 1911 and leave April 10th, 1911, arrive New York April 26th, 1911 and then prepare for target practice.
I am sending you a schedule of mail ships leaving the state for our stop with mail I am also sending a cap ribbon that we wear on our hats.
From your dear grandson, Charles P. Mulhern"
Letter from Charles Mulhern to Ed Rafferty
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