1870 April 22 Thomas JACKSON - writing from Shanghai to his Aunt Mary Jane OLIVER
NOTE: The anotated and transcribed version of the text is included beneath the images of the letter.
 Shanghai – Thomas is writing this letter from Shanghai, where he had worked as an accountant, but in March he had been appointed as sub-manager at Hong Kong.
 Mary Jane OLIVER (1821-1875). She was his mother’s younger sister. She never married, and lived at Cavananore. Thomas wrote to her frequently, but his correspondence with her does not include the in depth reflections that were included in his letters to his Great-Aunt Barbara DONALDSON (1783-1865) – who had also lived at Cavananore.
 This sounds like a scots expression, but I have no idea if it is for sure, or whether I have made a transcription error.
 Sarah JACKSON (1848-1942) She was a younger sister of Thomas Jackson. She is the only sister who I have yet to post a biography page for. She is on my to-do list.
 Margaret JACKSON (1853-1944) She was a younger sister of Thomas Jackson, and was seventeen years old, and it would be another five years before she married. I suspect that Thomas was bankrolling her education, as he did for all of her children.
 12 stone 4 equals 172 pounds. Since he was 6’2”, this means that he was still quite slender. Sometimes I wonder if all the talk about him getting fat - mentioned in several letters when he was in his 20s - was perhaps something of a family joke.
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