Nov. 23rd 1838.

Dear Sir,

I send you the name books of Ballynakill -

Ballynakill8 books
Inishcaltra1 book
Duniry2 books
Teena3 books
Clonrush3 books
Loughrea1 book
Beagh2 books

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?

Your obedient Servant,
John O'Donovan