Urker, Aug 2nd 1875
My dear Tom
I have had a letter – from David  , describing your embarkation, and telling me that if I wrote; any letter might reach you at Suez. So I write a few lines, though I have but little today.
Poor Aunt Mary  is no better; she had another relapse after you left her. Dr Young  of Monaghan was with her on Saturday; he says like the others, that she will recover; but that her illness will be tedious. There is certainly no mistake in the latter fact of that sentence; whatever there may be in the forever.
All our hopes and thoughts are centred in the [Bokhavia?]  and her freight at present. David sent me a photograph of her. She must be a magnificent vessel. I wonder is Capt Barlow  the commander.
Now dear Tom, may God Almighty (what a comfort that he is Almighty!) bless you and little ones; and all who sail with you. If it be his will, we shall meet again in this world. If not remember we are bound to meet where partings are no more.
I know you will write often so will I (D&). At least once a month. I will expect to hear from either you or Minnie  and I have strong trust in God that my grey hairs will not go down with son [?] the grave; which would be the case if anything evil occurred to you.
A thousand loves to your dear wife. She is one of the few people in the world with whom I would willingly live my lifetimes. When you come home to dear old Ireland for good; you will have a fine house somewhere; and you will make a little cabin for me just beside it. Then I will end my days in peace. Oh keep that time in view.
Still keep the children in mind of their absent friends,
Ever dearest Tom
Your affectionate Mother,
 David JACKSON (1855-1903) – youngest surviving brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON.
 Mary Jane OLIVER (1821-October 3, 1875) – sister to Eliza JACKSON. Obviously the recovery, if any, was brief.
 Dr.Andrew Knight YOUNG of Monaghan; MB, FRCSI Edinburgh and Dublin, JP, 1834-1890; Surgeon of Mon. Co. Infirmary. He and his son Canon Augustus YOUNG of Ballybay are indexed in the Breakey Memoir. One of his daughters married John Reilly, solicitor, of Holly Lodge, Monaghan, (which incidentally was the home of Peter McWILLIAM in our times).
 Mary Macready – governess to several of the McCULLAGH family.
 Liscalgot is a townland adjacent to Urker. Eliezer GILMORE & Sarah JACKSON his wife lived there. I don't know what Mr. ALLEN this might be. A Whitworth ALLEN had married a sister of Amelia Lydia DARE.
 “Jemmie” James JACKSON (1850-?), younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Killynure, home of Thompson BROWN (1837-1915 & his wife Elizabeth JACKSON (1843-1923) – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON. The land was leased by the OLIVERs –for at least a hundred years.
 John JEFFERS?
 Thompson BROWN (1837-1915), husband of Elizabeth BROWN (1843-1923) – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Since I can’t quite decode the name, I am uncertain about which ship this may have been.
 Captain BARLOW? Perhaps related to a BARLOW mentioned in an earlier letter, Nov 12, 1873. There is also a BARLOW who had a deed at Cregganduff (SEE: Deeds Registry 46/434/29449). Interestingly, there is also a record of a John BARLOW marrying a Mary JACKSON in Tamlaghtfinlagan, Londonderry on May 9, 1850. The father was a David JACKSON. (Vital Records Index). There was also an A.H. BARLOW at HSBC.Griffiths evaluation shows a Rev. Wm BARLOW at Creggan ban Glebe as well as Creggan Duff. Who knows what the interest is? I include these snippets in case others may hazard a guess.
 Amelia Lydia DARE – wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON
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