Nov. 23rd 1838.
I send you the name books of Ballynakill -
Ballynakill 8 books Inishcaltra 1 book Duniry 2 books Teena 3 books Clonrush 3 books Loughrea 1 book Beagh 2 books Total 20
All the Galway Extracts go along with them. You have
now all the name books of the County of Galway except Kilbeacanty, Ardrahan, Kiltartan & Kilthomas, ([In pencil:] Kilmacduagh Killinny Doorus) which O'Conor has not finished yet. Too much time is surely lost in writing letters, and describing churches which should not be our province at all; for in the first place we have not sufficient skill as draftsmen to draw them in such a manner as would be of any use here after
and moreover we have not sufficient skill as antiquarians to pronounce a correct opinion on their age. Should we not therefore give up describing churches altogether, and confine ourselves to (ascertaining the townland) names and identification of historical names?