Urker Nov 20th 1895
My dear Tom
I have received yours of Oct 15th and am truly sorry to hear of all the sickness you have had in your family; and thankful that you have escaped it; and that “the old cow  ” is doing well. God has been very good in preserving your health in the midst of sickness.
It is evident that Hong Kong does not agree with Minnie  and the younger children and she is quite right in resolving to return to the old country. May the good God bring her and her children home in peace and safety by sea and by land. Probably she can not get her house in England just when she wants it; but “the old house at home” in Urker is standing still; and no one can have a better welcome or a better right than she and hers will have to be there.
Mary Menary  is (thanks be to God) improved in health, and is I hope out of danger. She was down stairs last Sabbath for the first time, but is still very weak, and not able to eat any solid food; she lives on chicken soup and such like. Young Bessy Brown  has been with us, through Mary’s illness; and has been very useful to us. I do not know how we would have done but for her.
I forgot to mention that I have now two spare best rooms. I have got a sleeping room made for the servant men outside; which leaves us more room within.
All your friends and acquaintances in Ireland are much as when I wrote last; and I ma quite well but very infirm.
With love and blessing to you, Minnie and the children I am as ever,
Your affectionate Mother,
 “The old Cow” The HSBC.
 Amelia Lydia DARE – wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Mary MENARY (1872-1946) daughter of Mary JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Elizabeth BROWN daughter of Thompson BROWN & Elizabeth JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
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